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Narrow-Gap Improved Electroslag Welding for Bridges
FHWA Demonstration Project DP-102
Subject: Workshop on Narrow-Gap Improved Electroslag Welding for Bridges
The Texas Department of Transportation, The University of Texas and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Austin Office are hosting the FHWA Demonstration Project, DP-102, "Narrow-Gap Improved Electoslag Welding (NGI ESW) for Bridges".
You are invited to attend the 16-hour workshop to be held August 16-17, 2000 at The University of Texas at Austin Phil M. Ferguson structural laboratory. The workshop will start at 9 am on August 16, 2000 and end at 4 pm on August 17. There is no charge for the workshop. However, attendees will be responsible for meals, hotel accommodations, and travel to Austin, Texas.
The workshop will include hands on weld demonstrations, slide, and video presentations on operating techniques, inspection procedure, and specifications applicable to NGI ESW. The objective of DP-102 is to introduce a modified version of a production welding process for joining thick plates or other thick-wall components. The "Narrow-Gap Improved Electroslag Welding" has had extensive field trials to confirm research findings based on a comprehensive research program. It is expected that the FHWA will approve the use of the process for welding tension and compression members of steel bridges in the foreseeable future.
Please complete the attached registration form by August 1, 2000. Space is limited so register early. To register on line or to obtain additional information, visit the NGI ESW web site located at the FHWA Office of Bridge Technology home page at www.fhwa.dot.gov/bridge. At this site there is a link called "Steel Fabrication". Follow this link to the NGI ESW site. Also attached is a flyer on the NGI ESW for Bridges, Focus article, workshop agenda, and map. We look forward to seeing you there.
If you have any questions, please contact Michael Smith (512) 467-5907, Email MSMITH3@dot.state.tx.us.