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Publication Number: FHWAHRT15021 Date: March 2015 
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Concrete with a unit weight between that of traditional lightweight concrete and normalweight concrete (NWC) is not covered in the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Load and Resistance Factor Design (LRFD) Bridge Design Specifications. As part of an effort to address this and other perceived shortcomings in how the specification addresses lightweight concrete and how lightweight concrete is deployed in bridges, research was completed to assess the shear performance of these different density concretes. Thirty fullscale precast, prestressed girder tests were completed, and a database of shear performance results was developed that covered a wide range of concrete densities. Proposed revisions to the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications were developed and are presented as part of a framework that addresses the performance of structural concrete as a function of density
Much of the fundamental basis for the current lightweight concrete provisions in the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications is research on lightweight concrete from the 1960s. (See references 1 through 5.) The lightweight concrete that was part of this research used traditional mixes of coarse aggregate, fine aggregate, portland cement, and water. Broadbased advancement in concrete technology over the past 50 years has given rise to significant advancements in concrete mechanical and durability performance. Research during the past 30 years, including the recent National Cooperative Highway Research Program studies on different aspects of highstrength concrete, has resulted in revisions to the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications to capitalize on the benefits of highstrength NWC. However, as described by Russell, many of the design equations in the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications are based on data that do not include tests of lightweight concrete specimens, particularly structural members with compressive strengths in excess of 6 ksi (41 MPa).^{(6)}
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) TurnerFairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC) has executed a research program investigating the performance of lightweight concrete with concrete compressive strengths in the range of 6 to 10 ksi (41 to 69 MPa) and equilibrium densities from 0.125 kcf to 0.135 kcf (2,000 to 2,160 kg/m^{3}). The research program used lightweight concrete with three dif ferent lightweight aggregates that are intended to be representative of those available in North America. The program included tests of 27 precast/ prestressed lightweight concrete girders to investigate topics such as transfer length and development length of prestressing strand, timedependent prestress losses, and shear strength of lightweight concrete. The development and splice length of mild steel reinforcement used in girders and decks made with lightweight concrete was also investigated using 40 reinforced concrete (RC) beams. While much of the research program focused on structural behavior, it also included a material characterization component wherein the compressive strength, elastic modulus, and splitting tensile strength of the concrete mixes used in the structural testing program were assessed. One key outcome of the research program is to recommend changes to the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications relevant to lightweight concrete.
This document summarizes the results of shear tests conducted on prestressed concrete (PC) girders. The shear tests on lightweight concrete girders tested in this study are included in a database of tests on lightweight concrete and NWC that was collected from test results available in the literature. This document summarizes the database and the analysis of the database. Design expressions in the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications are compared with the database. Potential revisions to the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications relating to shear resistance are presented.
The Expanded Shale, Clay, and Slate Institute assisted FHWA in obtaining lightweight concrete mixes that had been used in production. One of the criteria for this research project was to use lightweight aggregate sources that were geographically distributed across the United States. Additional selection criteria included mixes using a large percentage of the coarse aggregate as lightweight coarse aggregate, mixes using natural sand as the fine aggregate, and mixes with a target equilibrium density between 0.125 and 0.135 kcf (2,000 and 2,160 kg/m^{3}). The concrete density needed to be in the range of densities not currently covered by the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications.^{(1)}
Three mix designs were selected with a design compressive strength greater than or equal to 6.0 ksi (41.4 MPa) to represent concrete that could be used for bridge girders. The mix designs selected are shown in table 1. Each uses partial replacement of the coarse aggregate with lightweight aggregate to achieve their reduced unit weight. The lightweight aggregates in the mixes were Haydite, an expanded shale from Ohio; Stalite, an expanded slate from North Carolina; and Utelite, an expanded shale from Utah. The normalweight coarse aggregate was No. 67 Nova Scotia granite. Natural river sand was used as the fine aggregate. Type III portland cement was used to obtain the high early strengths typically required in highstrength precast, pretensioned girders. Admixtures included a water reducer, an air entrainer, and a highrange water reducer.
Table 1. Selected concrete mix designs.  
Property  Haydite Girder  Stalite Girder  Utelite Girder 
Design 28Day Strength (ksi)  6.0  10.0  7.0 
Design Release Strength(ksi)  3.50  7.5  4.2 
Target Unit Weight (kcf)  0.130  0.126  0.126 
Water/Cementitious Materials Ratio  0.36  0.31  0.34 
1.0 ksi = 6.89 MPa. 0.001 kcf = 16.01 kg/m^{3} 
The experimental program consisted of 30 tests on 15 PC girders made using 3 different lightweight concrete mixes. Key test parameters included the lightweight aggregate, the amount of shear reinforcement, girder depth, and the use of straight or draped strands. Five girder designs were developed to evaluate the effect of the key parameters. The ends of each girder had different amounts of shear reinforcement. While girder designs 14 were used for a different part of the research program wherein development length of prestressing strand was assessed, girder designs 59 were used for the evaluation of shear performance. A set of five girders was cast for each of three different concrete mixes intended to represent typical lightweight concrete for girders.
Table 2 gives the nominal details for the six girder end designs that were AASHTO Type II girders. The dead end of girder design 5 (5D) was designed to have the minimum amount of shear reinforcement allowed by the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications (Article 5.8.2.5) at nearly the maximum spacing (Article 5.8.2.7). The dead end of girder design 7 (7D) was designed to have a ratio of shear stress to concrete compressive stress (v_{u}/f'_{c}) near the limit of 0.18 given in the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications for the applicability of the sectional design method (Article 5.8.3.2). Girder design 6 (6D) had draped strands and an amount of shear reinforcement between the amounts used in 5D and 7D.
Table 2. Design details of the AASHTO Type II girders.  
Girder Test^{†}  Effective Shear Depth, d_{v}inch  Design Normalized Shear Stress^{‡}, v_{u}/f_{c}  Number of Strands  Stirrups  Design Amount of Stirrups, ρ_{u}/f_{v} (ksi) 

Bottom  Top  Bar Size  Spacing (inch)  
5D  35.0  0.068  10straight  2  3  22  0.12 
5L  35.0  0.075  10straight  2  3  15  0.18 
6D  31.7  0.088  10straight + 4drape  2  4  15  0.32 
6L  31.7  0.096  10straight + 4drape  2  4  12  0.40 
7D  32.8  0.15  18straight  4  4  8  0.60 
7L  32.8  0.12  18straight  4  4  12  0.40 
^{†}Specimen name of form #%, where: # is girder design; and % is D for dead end or L for live end. ^{‡}Assumed f'_{c} for design was 10 ksi. 1.0 inch = 25.4 mm. 1.0 ksi = 6.89 MPa. 
Table 3 gives similar details for the four girder end designs that were AASHTO/ PCI Bulb Tee girders with a 54inch (1.37m) height (BT54). The amount of shear reinforcement in girder designs 8 (8D) and 9 (9D) was designed to give similar v_{u}/f'_{c} ratios as 5D and 7D, respectively. This reinforcement design was chosen to investigate the effect that girder depth has on shear strength, which is commonly known as the "size effect."
Table 3. Design details of the AASHTO/PCI BT54 girders.  
Girder Test^{†}  Effective Shear Depth, d_{v} (inch)  Design Normalized Shear Stress^{‡}, v_{u}/f'_{c}  Number of Strands  Stirrups  Design Amount of Stirrups, 

Bottom  Top  Bar Size  Spacing (inch)  
8D  51.6  0.068  16straight  2  3  22  0.12 
8L  51.6  0.076  16straight  2  3  14  0.19 
9D  47.5  0.15  28straight  4  4  8  0.60 
9L  47.5  0.14  28straight  4  4  10  0.48 
^{†}Specimen name of form #%, where: # is girder design; and % is D for dead end or L for live end. ^{‡} Assumed f _{c} for design was 10 ksi. 1.0 inch = 25.4 mm. 1.0 ksi = 6.89 MPa. 
The girders were fabricated at a concrete precasting plant in Mobile, AL. The fabricator was asked to prescriptively produce the concrete mixes without trying to adjust them for target strengths or unit weight. This decision was intended to remove batchtobatch variations as a variable in the study. The lightweight aggregates were stored in three piles at the plant and watered continuously using a sprinkler on each pile.
Compression tests were performed on 4by 8inch (102by 203mm) cylinders. The indirect tensile strength was measured on 4by 8inch (102by 203mm) cylinders using the splitting tensile test. Density measurements were made to determine the airdry density of cylinders used for compression testing. Average compressive strengths, splitting tensile strengths, and airdry unit weights for each concrete mix are given in table 4.
The reinforcing bars were ASTM A615, Grade 60.^{(7)} The mechanical properties were tested under displacement control in a 100kip (445kN) testing machine. Strain was measured with an 8inch (203mm) extensometer. The yield strength was determined using the 0.2percent offset method. The average yield strength and the ultimate strength of the two bars in each size tested are given in table 5.
Table 4. Mean concrete properties from tests on 4 by 8inch (102 by 203mm) cylinders.  
Concrete Mix  Compressive Strength, 28 Day (ksi) 
Compressive Strength, Test Day (ksi) 
Splitting Tensile Strength (ksi) 
AirDry Density (kcf) 

Haydite Girder  9.5  10.4  0.770  0.130  
Stalite Girder  9.7  10.6  0.720  0.123  
Utelite Girder  8.6  10.1  0.760  0.127  
1.0 ksi = 6.89 MPa. 0.001 kcf = 16.01 kg/m^{3} 
Table 5. Reinforcing bar properties.  
Nominal and Measured Property  Stirrups  
Girder Design 5 
Girder Design 8 
Girder Designs 6 and 7 
Girder Design 9 

Bar Size  3  3  4  4  
Nominal Diameter (inch) 
0.375  0.375  0.500  0.500  
Nominal Area (inches^{2}) 
0.11  0.11  0.20  0.20  
Yield Strength^{†} (ksi)  70.8  65.1  68.0  65.3  
Ultimate Strength (ksi) 
112.2  101.9  97.8  104.8  
^{†}Calculated using 0.2percent offset method. 1.0 inch = 25.4 mm. 1.0 in^{2} = 645 mm^{2}. 1.0 ksi = 6.89 MPa. 
An 8inch(200mm) thick composite NWC deck was cast onto each lightweight concrete girder at TFHRC to move the neutral axis above the web and top flange. The concrete used in the decks had a specified compressive strength of 4 ksi (28 MPa). The decks had two orthogonal mats of reinforcing, as specified in Article 9.7.3 of the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications for bridge decks. The deck reinforcement is shown in typical crosssections in figure 1.
Figure 2 shows a photograph of the setup for test C8D after the completion of the test. Before a test, the girder was supported by a roller at one end (which was being subjected to high shear) of the span and by a hydraulic jack at the other end of the span. These supports are referred to as the "roller support" and the "loading jack," respectively.
The roller support consisted of a 6inch(152mm) diameter steel roller and a 2inch(51mm) thick steel bearing plate. The bearing plate was long enough to fully support the width of the girders bottom flange. Grout was placed between the girder and bearing plate to uniformly support the girder.
The girder rested directly on another 2inch(51mm) thick steel bearing plate at the loading jack. A greased Teflon sheet was placed between the bearing plate and a 6inch(152mm) diameter roller between two grooved plates. Below the roller assembly was a loadcell with a 300kip (1,340kN) capacity and then a hydraulic jack with a 1,000kip (4450kN) capacity.
The load in the jack was controlled by a closedloop servovalue system. The feedback for the closed loop system was provided by the loadcell and by a linear variable differential transformer with a 10inch (254mm) stroke. The loading was applied by specifying the jack force in "loadcontrol" or by specifying the jack travel in "displacementcontrol."
Figure 1. NWC deck cast onto the lightweight concrete girders.
When the jack applied load to the girder, a heavy load frame applied the reaction force into the girder through a spreader beam, spherical bearing plates, and two pairs of 300kip (1,340kN) loadcells on the deck. The loadcells were mounted to 4inch(102mm) thick bearing plates that were grouted to the top of the deck.
The first tested girder failed in horizontal shear through the concrete deck. Four of the remaining tests on the Type II girders failed in shear, and 13 girders failed in flexure. Six of the tests on the BT54 girders failed in shear, and the remaining six girders failed in flexure.
In each test resulting in a shear failure, there was significant yielding in several of the stirrups (indicated by measured strains greater than three times the yield strain). Two of the Type II girder tests that failed in shear experienced concrete crushing in the web over much of the test region. The other two Type II girder tests failing in shear had concrete crushing as the diagonal compression was funneled to the support. Three of the BT54 girders tests failed in shear after multiple stirrups ruptured. Two of the tests on BT54 girders failed in shear after experiencing general yielding in the stirrups followed by local crushing in the web. This kind of failure is shown in figure 2 for the tests on C8D.The failure of Test A9L was due to concrete crushing as the diagonal compression was funneled to the support.
As expected, the average shear stress at failure increased as the amount of transverse reinforcement increased. The mean shear stress at failure for the Type II girders was larger than for the BT54 girders. The effect of reduced shear strength with increased girder depth was observed for three separate groups of tests. Each group of tests had similar percentages of longitudinal and transverse reinforcement. The mean testday compressive strength was near 10 ksi (69 MPa) for all three girder mixes. No dependency on aggregate was observed in the average shear stress at failure.
Figure 2. Test setup for girder test C8D as observed after completion of test.
All three design procedures in the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications gave conservative predictions of shear resistance for the tests failing in shear. The two methods of the General Procedure (GP) gave less conservative predictions of shear resistance for the BT54 girders than the Type II girders. The opposite was observed with the Simplified Procedure, which gave more conservative predictions of shear resistance for the BT54 girders than the Type II girders. All of these predictions were made without modification for lightweight concrete.The high splitting tensile strength of most of the girders did not require modification for lightweight concrete according to Article 5.8.2.2 of the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications.
The shear force at webshear cracking was conservatively predicted by all three design procedures in the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications for all of the tests. The GPequation procedure and the Simplified Procedure gave the most conservative and least conservative predictions of webshear cracking for both the Type II and BT54 girders, respectively. All three design procedures gave less conservative predictions of webshear cracking for the BT54 girders than for the Type II girders.
On average, the three design procedures in the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications tended to underestimate the webshear crack inclination angle of the Type II girders (i.e., the observed crack angle was greater than the predicted angle) and overestimate the webshear crack inclination angle of the BT54 girders (i.e., the observed crack angle was less than the predicted angle). An underestimation of the inclination angle will result in an increase in the predicted contribution of the stirrups to the nominal shear resistance.
A thorough literature review was performed to find published journal papers, conference papers, technical reports, and university dissertations that included tests, analysis, or discussions of lightweight concrete. More than 500 references were found in the literature that mentioned lightweight concrete. These references were reviewed for data from tests on beam and girder specimens. Tests included in the database were limited to data from RC beams and PC beams that culminated in a shear failure. Only test data from published reports were included in the database.
The TFHRC Shear Database consists of data from 886 tests on lightweight concrete specimens. More information about the tests in the database and a full list of references for the database is included in the associated report.^{(8)}
In addition to data from tests on lightweight concrete, a select number of tests on NWC were also included in the database for comparison. The American Concrete InstituteDeutsche Ausschuss fur Stahlbeton (ACIDafStb) Database has data from 928 specimens.^{(9,10)} A subset of the ACI DafStb Database with similar concrete compressive strength and specimen height was selected for comparison to the lightweight concrete specimens.
The testtoprediction ratio is the ratio of the shear force at failure to the predicted shear resistance determined using a design expression. A slight revision was made to the expressions in the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications to include the lightweight concrete modification factor. The measured shear force at failure was compared with the predicted shear resistance determined using the equation method of the GPequation, the table method of the GPtable, and the Simplified Procedure for Prestressed and Nonprestressed Sections (SimplifiedRC/ PC). Tests on RC specimens that satisfied the limits given in Article 5.8.3.4.1 were also compared with the Simplified Procedure for Nonprestressed Sections (SimplifiedRC).
The testtoprediction ratios are given in table 6 for all lightweight concrete specimens and then by specimen type. For all of the specimens, GPequation and GPtable gave similar ratios at 1.33 and 1.40, respectively. The SimplifiedRC/PC procedure gave a more conservative prediction with a ratio of 2.09. The scatter in the testtoprediction ratios for the three methods, as indicated by the coefficient of variation, was high at nearly 50 percent for the GP methods and nearly 60 percent for the SimplifiedRC/PC procedure. All three methods have more conservative predictions for the RC specimens without shear reinforcement than for RC specimens with shear reinforcement. A similar trend was observed for PC specimens with and without shear reinforcement. All three methods gave more conservative predictions for PC specimens without shear reinforcement than for RC specimens without shear reinforcement. The two GP methods also gave more conservative predictions for PC specimens with shear reinforcement than for RC specimens with shear reinforcement. For the SimplifiedRC/PC procedure, however, the prediction of RC specimens with shear reinforcement was more conservative than for PC specimens with shear reinforcement.
Table 6. Testtoprediction ratio of shear resistance for design expressions in AASHTO LRFD.  
Specimen Group^{†}  Design Expression 
Mean  COV  Maximum  Minimum  Percent < 1.0 
Percent < 0.8 
All Specimens (326)  G.P.Eq.  1.33  48.9%  4.13  0.43  34.0%  9.2% 
G.P.Tables  1.40  47.5%  4.19  0.46  24.8%  6.1%  
S.P.RC/PC  2.09  58.3%  7.4  0.43  5.2%  3.7%  
RC Specimens Without A_{v} (222) 
G.P.Eq.  1.30  47.5%  3.85  0.43  39.2%  9.5% 
G.P.Tables  1.41  46.4%  4.19  0.46  25.7%  5.0%  
S.P.RC/PC  2.21  54.0%  7.43  0.67  3.2%  2.3%  
RC Specimens With A_{v} (44) 
G.P.Eq.  1.12  18.9%  1.62  0.75  36.4%  4.5% 
G.P.Tables  1.14  23.7%  1.87  0.72  36.4%  4.5%  
S.P.RC/PC  1.57  22.4%  2.50  0.93  4.5%  0.0%  
PC Specimens Without A_{v} (27) 
G.P.Eq.  2.08  54.9%  4.13  0.56  25.9%  25.9% 
G.P.Tables  2.03  54.9%  3.89  0.54  25.9%  25.9%  
S.P.RC/PC  2.92  70.3%  6.80  0.43  25.9%  25.9%  
PC Specimens With A_{v} (33) 
G.P.Eq.  1.24  10.0%  1.52  0.97  3.0%  0.0% 
G.P.Tables  1.24  11.5%  1.52  0.98  3.0%  0.0%  
S.P.RC/PC  1.32  17.6%  2.0 0  0.99  3.0%  0.0%  
^{†}Number of specimens given in parentheses. A_{v} = shear reinforcement. COV = coefficient of variation. G.P.Eq. = General Procedure using equations (Article 5.8.3.4.2). PC = prestressed concrete. RC = reinforced concrete. S.P.RC = Simplified Procedure for Nonprestressed Sections (Article 5.8.3.4.1). S.P.RC/PC = Simplified Procedure for Prestressed and Nonprestressed Sections (Article 5.8.3.4.3). 
Testtoprediction ratios are given by specimen type for the four design expressions in the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications and are shown compared with unit weight in figure 3 through figure 6. The specimen types are RC without stirrups ("RC: no A_{v}"), RC with stirrups ("RC: with A_{v}"), PC without stirrups ("PC: no A_{v}"), and PC with stirrups ("PC: with A_{v}"). Least squares linear regression lines are shown for each specimen type. The number of specimens in each group is shown in parentheses after the group label.
The mean reliability index (β_{RQ}) was determined for the shear resistance of lightweight concrete crosssections. The β_{RQ} for lightweight concrete was compared with the target reliability index and the mean reliability index for NWC crosssections. The uncertainty due to the loads was evaluated using data from previous studies to determine the mean and variation of the load.^{(11,12)} The uncertainty due to fabrication and materials was evaluated using the MonteCarlo Simulation method of statistical sampling.^{(11)} One RC crosssection and two PC crosssections were simulated. The uncertainty due to analysis was evaluated using lightweight concrete specimens in the TFHRC Shear Database and selected NWC specimens in the ACIDafStb Database. The combined uncertainty was used to determine the mean and variance of resistance. The reliability index was evaluated at a resistance factor for light weight concrete of 0.75, 0.80, 0.85, and 0.90. The reliability index for lightweight concrete and NWC in shear was then determined over a range of deadtototal load ratios.
Figure 3. Testtopredicted shear resistance compared with unit weight for Simplified Procedure for Nonprestressed Sections.
Figure 4. Testtopredicted shear resistance compared with unit weight for GPequation method.
Figure 5. Testtopredicted shear resistance compared with unit weight for GPtable method.
Figure 6. Testtopredicted shear resistance compared with unit weight for Simplified Procedure for RC and PC Sections.
The β_{RQ} for lightweight concrete and NWC was compared with the target reliability index. The reliability indexes determined for lightweight concrete were less than The β_{RQ} for lightweight concrete and NWC was compared with the target reliability index. The reliability indexes determined for lightweight concrete were less than β_{target} for all crosssections except PC specimens with shear reinforcement, regardless of the resistance factor (up to Φ = 0.90) or the design expression used to determine nominal shear resistance. The reliability β_{target} for all crosssections except PC specimens with shear reinforcement, regardless of the resistance factor (up to Φ = 0.90) or the design expression used to determine nominal shear resistance. The reliability indexes determined for NWC were less than *target for all crosssections except RC specimens with shear reinforcement determined using the SimplifiedRC/PC procedure.
The β_{RQ} for lightweight concrete (β_{LWC}) was also compared with β_{RQ} for NWC (β_{NWC}). The β_{LWC} determined using the GPequation method was greater than the β_{NWC} for all crosssections. The Simplified RC and SimplifiedRC/PC procedures had β_{LWC} greater than β_{NWC} for RC specimens without shear reinforcement, and they had β_{NWC} greater than β_{LWC} for RC specimens with shear reinforcement. For PC specimens without shear reinforcement, the SimplifiedRC/PC procedure had β_{NWC} greater than β_{LWC}. For PC specimens with shear reinforcement, β_{LWC} determined using the SimplifiedRC/PC procedure was greater than β_{NWC}.
A set of preliminary recommended changes to the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications were developed in this research effort. The first two recommended changes regarding the definition of lightweight concrete and the introduction of a lightweight concrete modification factor (λfactor) were previously described in a related document concerning the mechanical properties of lightweight concrete and are presented again for clarity.^{(13,14)} Additional recommended changes to the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications are presented that are based on the analysis described in this document. These additional recommendations are built on the two previous recommendations.
Three types of changes are recommended regarding the shear performance of lightweight concrete as a result of the database analyses summarized in this document. The analysis of the TFHRC Shear Database included an evaluation of design expressions for nominal shear resistance in the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications. The design expression for the minimum amount of transverse reinforcement was also evaluated using the TFHRC Shear Database. Lightweight concrete specimens in the TFHRC Shear Database and NWC specimens in the ACIDafStb Database were used as part of a reliability analysis to determine the appropriate resistance factor for lightweight concrete.
The design expressions for nominal shear resistance and minimum transverse reinforcement include the recommended new expression for the λfactor. The λfactor is not based on the proportions of constituent materials and includes tests from types of mix designs that are not explicitly permitted by the current edition of the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications.^{(1)}
These mix types include specifieddensity lightweight concrete (typically a blend of lightweight and normalweight coarse aggregate) and inverted mixes (normalweight coarse and lightweight fine aggregate). The recommend new expression for the λfactor is based on unit weight and splitting tensile strength, and as a result, the definitions of sandlightweight concrete and alllightweight concrete would no longer be needed.
The definition for lightweight concrete in Article 5.2 of the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications limits the unit weight for lightweight concrete to 0.120 kcf (1,920 kg/m^{3}) and includes definitions for sandlightweight concrete and alllightweight concrete. The proposed definition for lightweight concrete expands the range of unit weights and eliminates the definitions for terms relating to the constituent materials in lightweight concrete. The proposed definition for lightweight concrete is as follows:
Lightweight Concrete  Concrete containing lightweight aggregate conforming to AASHTO M 195 and having an equilibrium density not exceeding 0.135 kcf, as determined by ASTM C567.
The concept of including a modification factor for lightweight concrete in expressions for predicting nominal resistance is included in many articles of the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications. However, a single unified expression or lightweight concrete modification factor is not specified. This section proposes a new term, the λfactor, to quantify the modification in nominal resistance that could be included in any expression for nominal resistance. The λfactor relates to the material properties of structural lightweight concrete, so the new article for the definition for the λfactor could be located in Article 5.4.2, "Normal Weight and Structural Lightweight Concrete." The λfactor will be referred to as Article 5.4.2.8 in the present document. The proposed text for the λfactor is as follows:
Where lightweight aggregate concretes are used, the lightweight concrete modification factor, λ shall be determined using the equation in figure 7 where f_{ct} is specified.
Figure 7. Expression for λfactor with f_{ct} specified.
Where f_{ct} is not specified, λ shall be determined using the equation in figure 8.
Figure 8. Expression for λfactor with f_{ct} specified not specified.
Where:
f_{ct} = Concrete splitting tensile strength in ksi.
f'_{c} = Compressive strength in ksi.
w_{c} = Concrete unit weight in kcf.
λ = Lightweight concrete modification factor.
Three recommended changes to the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications involve adding the λfactor to the three terms for the nominal shear resistance provided by the concrete (i.e., V_{c}, V_{ci}, V_{cw}). The change to the V_{c} term is described first and includes the existing language for the nominal shear resistance (V_{n}). The changes to Vci and Vcw are presented after the expression for V_{c}. The proposed design expression for nominal shear resistance provided by tensile stresses in the concrete (V_{c}) is as follows:
The nominal shear resistance, V_{n}, shall be determined using the equation in figure 9.
Figure 9. Expression for V_{n}.
Where:
b_{v} = Effective web width (inch).
d_{v} = Effective shear depth (inch).
V_{c} = Nominal shear resistance provided by tensile stresses in the concrete (kip).
V_{n} = Nominal shear resistance of the section (kip).
V_{p} = Component of the effective prestressing force in the direction of the applied shear (kip).
V_{s} = Nominal shear resistance provided by the shear reinforcement (kip).
Where the procedures of Articles 5.8.3.4.1 or 5.8.3.4.2 are used, V_{c} shall be determined using the equation in figure 10.
Figure 10. Expression for V_{c}.
Where the procedures of Article 5.8.3.4.3 are used, V_{c} shall be determined as the lesser of V_{ci} (determined using the equation in figure 11) and V_{cw} (determined using the equation in figure 12).
Figure 11. Expression for V_{ci}.
Figure 12. Expression for V_{cw}.
Where:
f_{pc} = Compressive stress at the centroid of the concrete after all prestress losses have occurred (ksi).
M_{cre} = Moment causing flexural cracking at the section due to externally applied loads (kipinch).
M_{max} = Maximum factored moment at the section due to externally applied loads (kipinch).
V_{ci} = Nominal shear resistance provided by concrete when inclined cracking results from combined shear and moment (kip).
V_{cw} = Nominal shear resistance provided by concrete when inclined cracking results from excessive principal tensions in the web (kip).
V_{d} = Shear force at the section due to unfactored dead load (kip).
V_{i} = Factored shear force at the section due to externally applied loads occurring simultaneously with Mmax (kip).
β = factor indicating ability of diagonally cracked concrete to transmit tension and shear.
The ratio of testtopredicted shear resistance for lightweight concrete specimens in the TFHRC Shear Database is compared with compressive strength in figure 13 and figure 14. Figure 13 shows the ratios for RC specimens without shear reinforcement, and figure 14 shows the ratios for PC specimens with shear reinforcement. For comparison, the ratios for NWC specimens in the ACIDafStb Database are also shown in each figure. The nominal shear resistance was determined using the GP with the equations for β and Φ given in Article 5.8.3.4.2 and the new expression λfactor. Regression lines are shown for the lightweight concrete specimens and NWC specimens. The regression line for the lightweight concrete specimens is slightly greater than the regression line for NWC specimens for nearly all values of compressive strength.
Figure 13. Testtopredicted shear resistance using GP for RC members without shear reinforcement.
Figure 14. Testtopredicted shear resistance using GP for PC members with shear reinforcement.
A recommended change to the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications involves adding the new expression for λfactor to the design expression for minimum transverse reinforcement. The proposed design expression for the minimum transverse reinforcement is as follows:
Except for segmental posttensioned concrete box girder bridges, where transverse reinforcement is required, as specified in Article 5.8.2.4, the area of steel shall satisfy the equation in figure 15:
Figure 15. Expression for minimum transverse reinforcement.
Where:
A_{v} = Area of transverse reinforcement within distance s (inch^{2}).
s = Spacing of shear reinforcement (inch).
f_{Y} = Yield strength of transverse reinforcement (ksi).
The ratio of testtopredicted shear resistance for lightweight concrete specimens in the TFHRC Shear Database is compared with the transverse reinforcement ratio in figure 16 for RC specimens and figure 17 for PC specimens. The nominal shear resistance was determined using the GP with the equations for β and Φ given in Article 5.8.3.4.2 and the new expression for λfactor. A vertical line indicates the minimum amount of transverse reinforcement specified by Article 5.8.2.5.The ratios of testtopredicted shear resistance for the few specimens with less transverse reinforcement than the required amount were similar to the ratios for specimens with slightly greater than the required amount. For comparison, NWC specimens in the ACIDafStb Database are also shown in the figures.
Figure 16. Testtopredicted shear resistance compared with transverse reinforcement ratio using GP for RC Specimens.
figure 17. Testtopredicted shear resistance compared with transverse reinforcement ratio using GP for PC Specimens.
A reliability analysis was performed to evaluate the resistance factor for lightweight concrete in shear. Based on the analysis, a change to the reduction factor for lightweight concrete in shear and torsion is recommended. The proposed resistance factor for lightweight concrete in shear and torsion is 0.90. This resistance factor is the same as that specified for NWC for shear and torsion.
Table 7 shows a comparison of the reliability index for lightweight concrete using a resistance factor of 0.90 to the reliability index for NWC using the resistance factor of 0.90 as specified in Article 5.5.4.2.1. The reliability indexes were determined using the three different methods for calculating shear resistance in Article 5.8.3 and the new expression for λfactor. Table 7 shows that for nominal resistance determined using the GP, the reliability index for lightweight concrete with a resistance factor of 0.90 was greater than the reliability index for NWC.
dTable 7. Reliability index for lightweight concrete and NWC in shear.  
Specimen Group  Design Expression  Reliability Index (β_{RQ})  
Lightweight Concrete (φ= 0.90) 
NWC (φ= 0.90) 

RC Beam Without Shear Reinforcement 
S.P.RC  2.99  2.73  
G.P.Eq.  2.69  2.43  
S.P.RC/PC  2.91  2.41  
RC Beam With Shear Reinforcement 
S.P.RC  3.07  3.43  
G.P.Eq.  3.07  2.79  
S.P.RC/PC  2.92  3.70  
PC Girder Without Shear Reinforcementt 
G.P.Eq.  2.0 0  1.83  
S.P.RC/PC  1.54  3.02  
PC Girder With Shear Reinforcement 
G.P.Eq.  4.75  3.16  
S.P.RC/PC  4.10  2.81  
G.P.Eq. = General Procedure using equations (Article 5.8.3.4.2). NWC = normalweight concrete. PC = prestressed concrete. RC = reinforced concrete. S.P.RC = Simplified Procedure for Nonprestressed Sections (Article 5.8.3.4.1). S.P.RC/PC = Simplified Procedure for Prestressed and Nonprestressed Sections (Article 5.8.3.4.3). 
This document describes shear tests on lightweight concrete prestressed girders, summarizes a database of lightweight concrete and NWC shear tests, describes a reliability analysis, and presents potential revisions to the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications relating to the shear resistance of lightweight concrete. The proposed design expressions for shear resistance were compared with test results in a database collected as part of this research effort. A full description of the database and the development and evaluation of prediction expressions is included in the full report.^{(8)} Future phases of this research program and analysis effort will focus on other structural performance attributes as related to lightweight concrete. The test results will be compared with the prediction expressions for nominal resistance in the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications incorporating appropriate proposed revisions for lightweight concrete mechanical properties.