Research Activities: 1998

Replacement Pedestrian Bridge at UMR



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Matching Research Agency

Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT)

Principal Investigator

Steve Watkins, Associate Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Missouri -- Rolla
121 EECH
Rolla, MO 65409
p(573) 341-6321
f(573) 341-6671

Student Involvement

Graduate research assistants

Project Objective

Create a field laboratory and technology demonstration

Project Abstract

A pedestrian bridge is being designed and built for the UMR campus. This project demonstrates the use of composite materials for new civil construction and the use of fiber optic sensors for structural monitoring. In particular, a composite tube system is developed featuring flexible and economical design. The bridge will be a point of interest for the campus, a field laboratory for two interdisciplinary courses, and the subject of a web site for technology transfer. It is designed and fabricated in cooperation with industrial, no-profit, government partners. The project includes finite element analysis, laboratory component testing, fabrication protocols, sensor integration, load testing, and multimedia documentation.

Task Description

The project includes the following tasks:

  1. Bridge Design and Analysis Bridge Fabrication and Installation
  2. Destructive Testing of Full Scale Test Articles
  3. In Situ Testing of Bridge
  4. Creation of Web Site

Anticipated Benefits

Promotes acceptance of smart sensors and composite materials in civil engineering structures.

Modal Orientation



Project Start Date:03/01/1999
Project End Date:06/30/2000

Relationship to other Research/Projects

Coordinated with projects involving finite element analysis of composite tube structures and educational course development.

Technology Transfer Activities

A web site documents the bridge design, fabrication, and testing.

Transportation Research Board Keywords

Demonstration bridge and smart composite tube system