Project TitleOptimized performance of UHPC bridge joints and overlays
UniversityUniversity of Delaware
Principal Investigator(s)Paramita Mondal
PI Contact
Funding Source(s) and Amounts Provided (by each agency or organization)University of Delaware
Federal $132,993 Match $133,092

Penn State
Federal $66,612 Match $69,121
Total Project Cost$ 401,818
Start and End Dates3/1/19—3/1/21
Brief Description of Research ProjectThe objective of this research is to capitalize on the existing knowledge and literature by compiling various UHPC mix design strategies and establishing empirical composition-property relationships that can be used to develop UHPC mixtures for expansion joints and overlays with optimum durability and structural performance. In addition, we will address a critical knowledge gap of linking formulation and rheology of UHPC mixtures with different fiber types, which allow designing highly flowable mixtures. The resulting optimum UHPC mixtures will be laboratory tested and further improved. Potential impact on the state of practice could be significant by promoting the use of low-cost non-proprietary UHPC to extend the life of concrete bridges, and by familiarizing the industry and transportation agencies in the region with this valuable technology.