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Project ID:FHWA-PROJ-10-0031
Project Name: Material Properties of Prebagged Grouts for Prefabricated Bridge Element and System Connections
Status: Completed
Last Name:Graybeal
First Name:Benjamin A (Ben)
Office: Office of Infrastructure Research and Development
Team:Bridge and Foundation Engineering Team
Roadmap/Focus area(s): Infrastructure Research and Technology Strategic Plan and Roadmap
Project Description:This project will look into the development and testing of optimal connection details for use in facilitating the use of modular prefabricated concrete components in bridge construction. This project steps toward that goal by providing a baseline set of data on commercially available grouts, some of which are already used for Prefabricated Bridge Elements and Systems (PBES) connections.
Laboratories: Structures Laboratory
Concrete Laboratory
Start Date: July 1, 2010
End Date: February 28, 2013
Goals:The key project objective is to evaluate the critical mechanical properties of prebagged grout materials, which may be used in field-cast applications connecting Prefabricated Bridge Elements and Systems (PBES) components. This research will provide a baseline from which future grout performance expectations can be developed. 
Test Methodology: Complete standardized and modified material tests to assess basic mechanical properties, such as compressive strength, shrinkage, and bondability.
Expected Benefits:This study will provide a baseline understanding of the range of performances that may be expected from field-cast construction grouts used in prefabricated bridge element construction.
Deliverables:1. Name: Material Characterization of Field-Cast Connection Grouts
Product Type(s): Research report, Technical report
Description: Final report covering entirety of project.
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2. Name: Material Characterization of Field-Cast Connection Grouts
Product Type(s): Research report, Techbrief
Description: Executive summary covering the results of the study.
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Keywords: Concrete Structures
Prefabricated Bridges
Subject Areas: Bridges and other structures