Masters Theses

Long term monitoring of bridges strengthened and constructed with fiber reinforced polymer technologies


"Field validation of fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) bridges through load testing provides a means of measuring the performance of a bridge over time. Non-contact optical surveying equipment is one such method that can be utilized to measure the deflection of bridges under a static truck load. This thesis looks at monitoring bridges over time that have been both strengthened and constructed with FRP technologies. Five structurally deficient Missouri bridges have recently been retrofitted with FRP technologies with the intent to validate the overall in-situ performance. Testing focused on Nondestructive testing (NDT) techniques as a means of conducting these tests without damaging the existing structures. Static load testing was conducted and the results of the pre-strengthened and post-strengthened deflections have been used to evaluate the structural health over time"--Abstract, page iii.


Myers, John

Committee Member(s)

LaBoube, Roger A.
Maerz, Norbert H.


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Civil Engineering


Missouri. Department of Transportation
National University Transportation Center


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Summer 2008


xiii, 137 pages

Geographic Coverage

Saint James (Mo.)


© 2008 David James Holdener, Jr., All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Citation

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Subject Headings

Bridges -- Evaluation -- Missouri -- Saint James
Bridges -- Nondestructive testing
Fiber-reinforced plastics -- Evaluation -- Missouri

Thesis Number

T 9406

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