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Project Information
Project ID:   FHWA-PROJ-12-0038
Project Name:   Service Limit State Design and Analysis of Engineered Fills for Bridge Support
Project Status:   Active
Start Date:  January 1, 2013
End Date:  April 23, 2017
Contact Information
Last Name:  Nicks
First Name:  Jennifer E
Telephone:  202-493-3075
E-mail:  jennifer.nicks@dot.gov
Office:   Office of Infrastructure Research and Development
Team:   Bridge and Foundation Engineering Team [HRDI-40]
Program:   Innovative Bridge Research and Deployment
Laboratory:   Geotechnical Laboratory
Project detail
Roadmap/Focus area(s):   Infrastructure Research and Technology Strategic Plan and Roadmap
Project Description:   To more accurately predict the load deformation behavior of a shallow foundation on engineered fills at the service limit state.
The primary objectives of this contract are to:
(1) Develop practice-ready design tools to estimate immediate and secondary settlement and lateral deformation of engineered fills used for bridge support.
(2) Determine the stress distribution as a function of depth transferred by the engineered fill to the native foundation soils.  
Product Type:   Research report
Test Methodology:   Analytical and numerical
Expected Benefits:   More economical design solutions for appropriate utilization of shallow foundations.
Deliverables: Name: Research report.
Product Type(s): Research report
Description: A research report will be developed with the results of the research. Incorporate findings into GEC-6 [Geotechnical Engineering Circular] on shallow foundations, as applicable.
Related URL(s):   http://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=d49d5a09d53e0220ec145a7d892cf6aa&tab=core&_cview=0
FHWA Topics:   Research/Technologies--Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC)
TRT Terms:   Design
Bridge Foundations
FHWA Disciplines:   Geotechnical
Subject Areas:   Bridges and other structures


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