Texas A&M Civil Engineering Research Paves The Way For Innovative Bridge Systems

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By Rachel Rose, Texas A&M University College of Engineering

Highlights

  • Two research projects looked at how to develop economical alternatives for longer-span bridges and investigate a new bridge system for short-span bridges
  • The research helped to further the potential for precast, prestressed concrete bridge systems

The state of Texas has more bridges than any other state in the nation, with over 50,000 total. Maintaining structurally sound, shorter- and longer-span bridges was the driving force in two collaborative projects recently completed by Dr. Mary Beth Hueste, a Zachry Department of Civil Engineering professor at Texas A&M and Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) research engineer, and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

Hueste is dedicated to furthering the understanding of the use of new materials and designs for bridge structures, with a focus on prestressed concrete bridge systems. Prestressed members are put into a state of compression using high-strength steel tendons before external…

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