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Project Information
Project ID:   FHWA-PROJ-08-0041
Project Name:   Development of Nondestructive Evaluation Field Test Method for Alkali-Silica Reaction Detection and Identification of Cost-Effective Materials for Rehabilitation of Structures Affected
Project Status:   Completed
Start Date:  September 30, 2008
End Date:  June 5, 2013
Contact Information
Last Name:  Virmani
First Name:  Paul
Telephone:  202-493-3052
E-mail:  paul.virmani@dot.gov
Office:   Office of Infrastructure Research and Development
Team:   Infrastructure Management Team [HRDI-60]
Program:   Alkali-Silica Reactivity
Project detail
Roadmap/Focus area(s):   Infrastructure Research and Technology Strategic Plan and Roadmap
Project Description:   This research study will identify/develop a combination of nondestructive and destructive methods to evaluate the present and future concrete deterioration for field concrete structures affected by alkali-silica reactivity (ASR). The research will also identify procedures and materials to rehabilitate concrete structures' deterioration due to the presence of ASR to extend their service life.
The key project objectives are to:
(1) Develop nondestructive field test methods to evaluate concrete structures for presence of alkali-silica reactivity (ASR), estimate deterioration rate, and predict total expansion.
(2) Develop cost-effective methods to control alkali-silica reactivity (ASR) and extend the service life of existing highway structures. 
Product Type:   Research report
Test Methodology:   Materials and methods for rehabilitation and nondestructive evaluation (NDE) techniques.
Expected Benefits:   The expected benefits are better materials and quicker alkali-silica reactivity detection methods.
Deliverables: Name: Report
Product Type(s): Research report
Description: The report is a description of Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) methods and rehabilitation techniques.
FHWA Topics:   Roads and Bridges--Asset Management
TRT Terms:   Materials
Concrete Structures
Rehabilitation (Maintenance)
Nondestructive Tests
FHWA Disciplines:   Structures
Pavement and Materials
Subject Areas:   Research


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