Masters Theses


Load distribution and response of bridges retrofitted with various FRP systems

Keywords and Phrases

Five Bridges Project


"Strengthening structures with Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) composite systems has been growing in popularity over recent years for the many benefits that the technology offers. The umbrella project, "Preservation of Missouri Infrastructure: Validation of FRP Composite Technology Through Field Testing", also known as the Five Bridges Project, was designed to push forward composite strengthening schemes for use on real structures...This thesis presents high-precision Surveying Equipment as a new servicability monitoring system for load testing; the materials, procedures, and data analysis techniques are discussed as well as a comparison between serviceability monitoring systems. This thesis also presents the results of the load testing. All five bridges are compared in terms of serviceability before and after strengthening results to show that the FRP strengthening systems are performing acceptably."--Abstract, page iii.


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Civil Engineering


University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

Fall 2004


xii, 184 pages

Geographic Coverage



© 2004 Wesley John Merkle, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Citation

File Type




Subject Headings

Bridges -- Maintenance and repair -- Missouri
Fiber-reinforced plastics -- Testing
Composite materials -- Testing
Nondestructive testing

Thesis Number

T 8619

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