High Performance Materials for Concrete Bridge Construction

George Morcous, Marc Maguire, Maher K. Tadros

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

2 Scopus citations


Precast/prestressed concrete is commonly used in short and medium span bridge construction because its assured quality, inherent durability, and optimized use of materials satisfy the needs of bridge owners. Recent research projects conducted at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL) focused on using high performance materials in precast/prestressed concrete bridge girders and deck panels that significantly improve their durability, economics, and speed of construction. This paper discusses the use of High Strength Self-Consolidated Concrete (HSSCC), 18 mm diameter prestressing strands, and Grade 550 high strength welded-wire reinforcement (WWR) to achieve simplicity of production and erection and maximize span-to-depth ratio while being economical. Precast/prestressed concrete girders with span-to-depth ratio of over 30 were developed and tested. The main advantages of these girder are the ease of production, speed of construction, and enhanced durability. A summary of specimen design, production, and tested is presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRecent Research in Sustainable Structures - Proceedings of the 3rd GeoMEast International Congress and Exhibition, Egypt 2019 on Sustainable Civil Infrastructures – The Official International Congress of the Soil-Structure Interaction Group in Egypt SSIGE
EditorsHugo Rodrigues, George Morcous, Mohamed Shehata
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9783030342159
StatePublished - 2020
Event3rd GeoMEast International Congress and Exhibition on Sustainable Civil Infrastructures, GeoMEast 2019 - Egypt, Egypt
Duration: Nov 10 2019Nov 15 2019

Publication series

NameSustainable Civil Infrastructures
ISSN (Print)2366-3405
ISSN (Electronic)2366-3413


Conference3rd GeoMEast International Congress and Exhibition on Sustainable Civil Infrastructures, GeoMEast 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Environmental Engineering


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