Testing took place in December 2008 on research evaluating whether materials such as Nickel-Titanium alloys, polyvinyl fibers mixed with cement, and rubber materials in bridge columns can be used to prevent damage and avoid bridge closure even when there is a strong earthquake.
Data and documentation
- Innovative bridge model piers design
- Report: Pretest analysis and construction of 4-span bridge with advanced materials
- Report: Experimental and analytical seismic studies of a 4-span bridge system with innovative materials
The testing of our bridge with advanced materials received significant media coverage from publications across the U.S. and around the globe, including NPR and OneIndia. Samples of the media coverage include the following articles: