PEER Proposed Research Summary: "Remaining fatigue life assessment of bridge decks based upon a numerical-experimental SYSCOM SYStem-COmponent-Material-based approach"

June 5, 2024

The impact of a PEER funded research project "Remaining fatigue life assessment of bridge decks based upon a numerical-experimental SYSCOM  SYStem-COmponent-Material-based approach" is highlighted below. The project Principal Investigator (PI) is Alessandro Palermo, University of California, San Diego. The Research Team includes Joel Conte, Machel Morrison, and Ernesto Hernández, University of California, San Diego.

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Research Impact

This project has significant potential to advance structural engineering, particularly in predictive modeling for the fatigue life of RC bridge decks. By developing and validating a FEM-based procedure through comprehensive in-situ bridge instrumentation and laboratory testing, the research aims to enhance the precision and efficiency of fatigue life predictions for both concrete and steel reinforcement. The resulting methodology will equip engineers with essential tools for informed decision-making in the maintenance, repair, and replacement of aging infrastructure. The project's outcomes promise to improve structural assessments by introducing a practical, step-by-step methodology that is both reliable and easy to implement. Integrating this new analysis method into industry standards and best practices could lead to significant advancements in fatigue life prediction within the structural engineering field. This shift would also necessitate training and professional development initiatives to ensure engineers can effectively apply the proposed methodology.

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