Structural Behavior of Ultra-High Performance Concrete

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General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(468)
Lead Organization: Federal Highway Administration
Solicitation Number: 1510
Partners: FL, GADOT, MI, MN, MS, NJ, NY, PADOT, TX
Status: Cleared by FHWA
Est. Completion Date:
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: Apr 28, 2022
Contract End Date:
Financial Summary
Contract Amount:
Total Commitments Received: $600,000.00
100% SP&R Approval: Approved
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Benjamin Graybeal
benjamin.graybeal@dot.gov
Phone: 202-493-3122
FHWA Technical Liaison(s): Benjamin Graybeal
benjamin.graybeal@dot.gov
Phone: 202-493-3122
Study Champion(s): Benjamin Graybeal
benjamin.graybeal@dot.gov
Phone: 202-493-3122
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Florida Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 William Potter Jennifer Clark 850-414-4614 jennifer.clark@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 William Potter Jennifer Clark 850-414-4614 jennifer.clark@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 William Potter Jennifer Clark 850-414-4614 jennifer.clark@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 William Potter Jennifer Clark 850-414-4614 jennifer.clark@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2025 $25,000.00 William Potter Jennifer Clark 850-414-4614 jennifer.clark@dot.state.fl.us
Georgia Department of Transportation 2021 $10,000.00 Nathan Wilson Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Georgia Department of Transportation 2022 $10,000.00 Nathan Wilson Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Georgia Department of Transportation 2023 $10,000.00 Nathan Wilson Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Georgia Department of Transportation 2024 $10,000.00 Nathan Wilson Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Georgia Department of Transportation 2025 $10,000.00 Nathan Wilson Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2020 $10,000.00 Bradley Wagner Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2021 $10,000.00 Bradley Wagner Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2022 $10,000.00 Bradley Wagner Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2023 $10,000.00 Bradley Wagner Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2024 $10,000.00 Bradley Wagner Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2020 $10,000.00 Karl Johnson Nicole Westadt 651-366-4270 nicole.westadt@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2021 $10,000.00 Karl Johnson Nicole Westadt 651-366-4270 nicole.westadt@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2022 $10,000.00 Karl Johnson Nicole Westadt 651-366-4270 nicole.westadt@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2023 $10,000.00 Karl Johnson Nicole Westadt 651-366-4270 nicole.westadt@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2024 $10,000.00 Karl Johnson Nicole Westadt 651-366-4270 nicole.westadt@state.mn.us
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Griffin Sullivan Robert Vance RVance@mdot.ms.gov
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Griffin Sullivan Robert Vance RVance@mdot.ms.gov
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Griffin Sullivan Robert Vance RVance@mdot.ms.gov
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Griffin Sullivan Robert Vance RVance@mdot.ms.gov
New Jersey Department of Transportation 2020 $0.00 Giri Venkiteela Giri Venkiteela 6099632239 Giri.Venkiteela@dot.NJ.gov
New Jersey Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Giri Venkiteela Giri Venkiteela 6099632239 Giri.Venkiteela@dot.NJ.gov
New Jersey Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Giri Venkiteela Giri Venkiteela 6099632239 Giri.Venkiteela@dot.NJ.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2020 $0.00 Brenda Crudele Gail Carpenter 518-457-8083 Gail.Carpenter@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Brenda Crudele Gail Carpenter 518-457-8083 Gail.Carpenter@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Brenda Crudele Gail Carpenter 518-457-8083 Gail.Carpenter@dot.ny.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2020 $10,000.00 Tyler Culhane Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2021 $10,000.00 Tyler Culhane Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2022 $10,000.00 Tyler Culhane Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2023 $10,000.00 Tyler Culhane Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2024 $10,000.00 Tyler Culhane Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Robert Owens Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Robert Owens Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Robert Owens Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov

Study Description

Ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) is the next generation of concrete, a concrete whose mechanical and durability properties far exceed those of conventional concretes. UHPC combines together a set of advancements in concrete technology from recent decades to create a concrete with compressive strengths at or greater than approximately 20 ksi, sustained post-cracking tensile strength at or greater than 750 psi, and a discontinuous pore structure that reduces permeability by an order of magnitude. During the past 10 years, UHPC has found significant usage in the US bridge sector as a field-cast grout cast between prefabricated bridge elements; effectively, UHPC enabled novel accelerated bridge construction methods to flourish. As the awareness of UHPC capabilities as grown, interest has turned toward using UHPC for primary structural elements in bridges. The handful of primary structural component deployments in the US so far (e.g., a few pretensioned girders, a few precast bridge decks, a few piles) have been completed as experimental deployments by innovative departments of transportation. Mainstreaming of this technology will require a broader knowledge base and greater standardization of engineering practices. Researchers at the FHWA Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center have been leaders in advancing UHPC technology for the bridge sector for nearly two decades. The proposed project will allow them to broaden the scope of their efforts and thus provide more substantial input to the AASHTO community as formal guidance for the design of UHPC components is developed.

Objectives

The objective of the proposed project is to develop knowledge pertinent to the structural performance of ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC). This knowledge will be of significant value as the AASHTO Committee on Bridges and Structures considers the use of UHPC-class materials in highway bridges and structures.

Scope of Work

The proposed project is focused on the design, fabrication, performance, and analysis of UHPC components. It is anticipated that various UHPC components will be designed, fabricated, and tested. The test results will be analyzed and used to inform proposed structural design guidance for UHPC components. Results will also be used to support usage of UHPC by interested departments of transportation. It is anticipated that bridge superstructure components (e.g., pretensioned girders) will be a significant part of this study, with behaviors related to flexure, shear, and end zones being investigated. Other components may be investigated based on available resources and the interest of participating partners.

Comments

Funding: The scope of the project is scalable based on the level of funding received. FHWA is already contributing significant resources to the topic area and will likely dedicate further resources in the future. Entities who are interested in the topic and who would like to support the advancement of FHWA’s efforts should consider contributing funds. In-kind contributions of structural components will also be considered.

Subjects: Bridges, Other Structures, and Hydraulics and Hydrology

Documents Attached
Title File/Link Type Privacy Download
TPF-5(468) Quarterly Report - 2022Q1 TPF-5(468) Quarterly Report - 2022Q1.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
TPF-5(468) Quarterly Report - 2021Q3 TPF-5(468) Quarterly Report - 2021Q3.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
TPF-5(468) Quarterly Report - 2021Q4 TPF-5(468) Quarterly Report - 2021Q4.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
TPF-5(468) Quarterly Report - 2021Q2 TPF-5(468) Quarterly Report - 2021Q2.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
TPF-5(468) Quarterly Report - 2021Q1 TPF-5(468) Quarterly Report - 2021Q1.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Documents Attached
Title File/Link Type Privacy Download
SPR-B Approved Waiver Approval of SP&R Waiver Pooled Fund Solicitation #1510.pdf Memorandum Public

Structural Behavior of Ultra-High Performance Concrete

General Information
Study Number: TPF-5(468)
Lead Organization: Federal Highway Administration
Solicitation Number: 1510
Partners: FL, GADOT, MI, MN, MS, NJ, NY, PADOT, TX
Status: Cleared by FHWA
Est. Completion Date:
Contract/Other Number:
Last Updated: Apr 28, 2022
Contract End Date:
Financial Summary
Contract Amount:
Total Commitments Received: $600,000.00
100% SP&R Approval:
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Benjamin Graybeal
benjamin.graybeal@dot.gov
Phone: 202-493-3122
FHWA Technical Liaison(s): Benjamin Graybeal
benjamin.graybeal@dot.gov
Phone: 202-493-3122
Commitments by Organizations
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Florida Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 William Potter Jennifer Clark 850-414-4614 jennifer.clark@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 William Potter Jennifer Clark 850-414-4614 jennifer.clark@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 William Potter Jennifer Clark 850-414-4614 jennifer.clark@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 William Potter Jennifer Clark 850-414-4614 jennifer.clark@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2025 $25,000.00 William Potter Jennifer Clark 850-414-4614 jennifer.clark@dot.state.fl.us
Georgia Department of Transportation 2021 $10,000.00 Nathan Wilson Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Georgia Department of Transportation 2022 $10,000.00 Nathan Wilson Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Georgia Department of Transportation 2023 $10,000.00 Nathan Wilson Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Georgia Department of Transportation 2024 $10,000.00 Nathan Wilson Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Georgia Department of Transportation 2025 $10,000.00 Nathan Wilson Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2020 $10,000.00 Bradley Wagner Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2021 $10,000.00 Bradley Wagner Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2022 $10,000.00 Bradley Wagner Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2023 $10,000.00 Bradley Wagner Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Michigan Department of Transportation 2024 $10,000.00 Bradley Wagner Andre' Clover 517-749-9001 clovera@michigan.gov
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2020 $10,000.00 Karl Johnson Nicole Westadt 651-366-4270 nicole.westadt@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2021 $10,000.00 Karl Johnson Nicole Westadt 651-366-4270 nicole.westadt@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2022 $10,000.00 Karl Johnson Nicole Westadt 651-366-4270 nicole.westadt@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2023 $10,000.00 Karl Johnson Nicole Westadt 651-366-4270 nicole.westadt@state.mn.us
Minnesota Department of Transportation 2024 $10,000.00 Karl Johnson Nicole Westadt 651-366-4270 nicole.westadt@state.mn.us
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Griffin Sullivan Robert Vance RVance@mdot.ms.gov
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Griffin Sullivan Robert Vance RVance@mdot.ms.gov
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2023 $25,000.00 Griffin Sullivan Robert Vance RVance@mdot.ms.gov
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2024 $25,000.00 Griffin Sullivan Robert Vance RVance@mdot.ms.gov
New Jersey Department of Transportation 2020 $0.00 Giri Venkiteela Giri Venkiteela 6099632239 Giri.Venkiteela@dot.NJ.gov
New Jersey Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Giri Venkiteela Giri Venkiteela 6099632239 Giri.Venkiteela@dot.NJ.gov
New Jersey Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Giri Venkiteela Giri Venkiteela 6099632239 Giri.Venkiteela@dot.NJ.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2020 $0.00 Brenda Crudele Gail Carpenter 518-457-8083 Gail.Carpenter@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Brenda Crudele Gail Carpenter 518-457-8083 Gail.Carpenter@dot.ny.gov
New York State Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Brenda Crudele Gail Carpenter 518-457-8083 Gail.Carpenter@dot.ny.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2020 $10,000.00 Tyler Culhane Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2021 $10,000.00 Tyler Culhane Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2022 $10,000.00 Tyler Culhane Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2023 $10,000.00 Tyler Culhane Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation 2024 $10,000.00 Tyler Culhane Heather Sorce 717-214-9508 hsorce@pa.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2020 $25,000.00 Robert Owens Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2021 $25,000.00 Robert Owens Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2022 $25,000.00 Robert Owens Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov

Study Description

Study Description

Ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) is the next generation of concrete, a concrete whose mechanical and durability properties far exceed those of conventional concretes. UHPC combines together a set of advancements in concrete technology from recent decades to create a concrete with compressive strengths at or greater than approximately 20 ksi, sustained post-cracking tensile strength at or greater than 750 psi, and a discontinuous pore structure that reduces permeability by an order of magnitude. During the past 10 years, UHPC has found significant usage in the US bridge sector as a field-cast grout cast between prefabricated bridge elements; effectively, UHPC enabled novel accelerated bridge construction methods to flourish. As the awareness of UHPC capabilities as grown, interest has turned toward using UHPC for primary structural elements in bridges. The handful of primary structural component deployments in the US so far (e.g., a few pretensioned girders, a few precast bridge decks, a few piles) have been completed as experimental deployments by innovative departments of transportation. Mainstreaming of this technology will require a broader knowledge base and greater standardization of engineering practices. Researchers at the FHWA Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center have been leaders in advancing UHPC technology for the bridge sector for nearly two decades. The proposed project will allow them to broaden the scope of their efforts and thus provide more substantial input to the AASHTO community as formal guidance for the design of UHPC components is developed.

Objectives

The objective of the proposed project is to develop knowledge pertinent to the structural performance of ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC). This knowledge will be of significant value as the AASHTO Committee on Bridges and Structures considers the use of UHPC-class materials in highway bridges and structures.

Scope of Work

The proposed project is focused on the design, fabrication, performance, and analysis of UHPC components. It is anticipated that various UHPC components will be designed, fabricated, and tested. The test results will be analyzed and used to inform proposed structural design guidance for UHPC components. Results will also be used to support usage of UHPC by interested departments of transportation. It is anticipated that bridge superstructure components (e.g., pretensioned girders) will be a significant part of this study, with behaviors related to flexure, shear, and end zones being investigated. Other components may be investigated based on available resources and the interest of participating partners.

Comments

Funding: The scope of the project is scalable based on the level of funding received. FHWA is already contributing significant resources to the topic area and will likely dedicate further resources in the future. Entities who are interested in the topic and who would like to support the advancement of FHWA’s efforts should consider contributing funds. In-kind contributions of structural components will also be considered.

Subjects: Bridges, Other Structures, and Hydraulics and Hydrology

Title File/Link Type Private
TPF-5(468) Quarterly Report - 2021Q1 TPF-5(468) Quarterly Report - 2021Q1.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
TPF-5(468) Quarterly Report - 2021Q2 TPF-5(468) Quarterly Report - 2021Q2.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
TPF-5(468) Quarterly Report - 2021Q3 TPF-5(468) Quarterly Report - 2021Q3.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
TPF-5(468) Quarterly Report - 2021Q4 TPF-5(468) Quarterly Report - 2021Q4.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
TPF-5(468) Quarterly Report - 2022Q1 TPF-5(468) Quarterly Report - 2022Q1.pdf Quarterly Progress Report Public
Title File/Link Type Private
SPR-B Approved Waiver Approval of SP&R Waiver Pooled Fund Solicitation #1510.pdf Memorandum Public

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