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InfrastructureTimber bridges viable choice for low-traffic native roads

Revealed 12 October 2017

Glulam timber bridges are viable and cost-effective choices for changing bridges on low-traffic county and township roads. Glulam, brief for glued laminated, means the structural members are product of layers of wooden strips bonded with glue. A timber bridge would offer options to traditional precast double-tee bridges, giving counties and townships extra choices when designing a brand new bridge or changing an outdated one.

Glulam timber bridges are viable and cost-effective choices for changing bridges on low-traffic county and township roads. That’s what researchers on the J. Lohr Constructions Lab concluded after testing a full-scale glulam timber girder bridge. Glulam, brief for glued laminated, means the structural members are product of layers of wooden strips bonded with glue.

The girder bridge, which was product of Southern Yellow Pine, confirmed passable efficiency and minimal harm underneath cyclic loading equal to seventy-five years of service, defined assistant civil engineering professor Mostafa Tazarv, constructions lab coordinator and co-principal investigator for the venture. “To our data, that is the primary time that full-scale testing has been achieved on glulam timber bridges,” he mentioned.

SDState says that the venture was co-sponsored by the U.S. Division of Transportation by the Mountain Plains Consortium and the South Dakota Division of Transportation. Gruen-Wald Engineered Laminates of Tea donated the timber bridge that was examined.

The intention was to offer options to traditional precast double-tee bridges, for which there’s just one native provider in South Dakota. This analysis provides counties and townships extra choices when designing a brand new bridge or changing an outdated one.

Saving time, cash utilizing wooden
Glulam producers layer the wooden to scale back materials variability that’s inherent in pure wooden and improve energy by inserting increased high quality materials on the outer parts of the member the place the stress demand is biggest, in accordance with the U.S. Division of Transportation. “They will tailor the layers to suit the efficiency aims,” defined professor Nadim Wehbe, head of the Division of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the co-principal investigator for the venture.

The preliminary development prices for a glulam timber bridge will be anyplace from 25 to 50 p.c lower than a traditional bridge, Tazarv defined. Usually, the bridge will be put in in a day with out the necessity for specialised tools or specifically skilled personnel.

As well as, he defined, “The way in which wooden is handled and the kind of materials used for the remedy lately are extra environmentally protected.”

Total, Tazarv concluded, “Timber bridges are structurally viable, low-cost, sustainable and sturdy.” As well as, they’re simple and comparatively quick to assemble, which shortens the street closure time.

Testing girder bridge
A glulam girder bridge, which may span as much as 80 ft, consists of transverse glulam deck panels supported on longitudinal glulam girders. The complete-scale specimen examined was 50-feet lengthy and 9.5-feet huge, which is roughly equal to 1 lane of site visitors, and was composed of 13 deck panels related to 3 girders utilizing a powerful epoxy adhesive. The girder bridge was designed primarily based on the American Affiliation of Freeway and Transportation Officers (AASHTO) HL-93 truck load.

Fifteen absolutely loaded vehicles per day sometimes cross a low-traffic county street bridge, in accordance with Tazarv. To simulate this, the researchers utilized a 32-kip, or 32,000 pounds-force, load to the center of the bridge at a price of 1 load per second, defined graduate pupil Zachary Carnahan.

“This ages the bridge in a brief time frame,” Tazarv mentioned. The bridge withstood half 1,000,000 load cycles, which equates to 90 years of service. “As a basic discovering, the present AASHTO specs for the design of the sort of bridge are legitimate.”

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