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Guide for Treating Bridge Deck Cracking: Causes and Effective Sealing Methods using Recommend Products

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posted on 2024-05-01, 00:00 authored by Ali Alawieh
This comprehensive study guide addresses the critical issue of bridge deck cracking in transportation infrastructure. It begins by dissecting the problem, exploring diverse crack types, elucidating their root causes, and examining the significance of their orientation and patterns. The study then provides detailed insights into the inspection and categorization of cracks based on depth and activity level, essential for assessing deterioration and strategically planning effective remediation efforts. The guide emphasizes the refined selection of suitable sealants for bridge deck cracks, delineating critical factors in the decision-making process, including regional climate conditions, traffic volumes, and crack characteristics. It offers a comprehensive list of sealants approved by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and other relevant sources, providing decision-makers with diverse solutions for addressing unique challenges. Moving forward, the guide delves into an in-depth examination of remediation treatment actions, presenting a spectrum of options from minimal intervention to complete deck replacement. Each option undergoes a thorough analysis considering factors such as National Bridge Inventory (NBI) condition ratings, deck condition states, and specific crack characteristics. This comprehensive approach empowers transportation professionals to make informed choices considering the condition of their bridge decks and budgetary constraints. The guide also conducts a detailed classification of sealant products, clarifying various types and their suitability for different applications. It extends its scope to include lists of approved concrete sealants in neighboring states like Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Indiana. This comparative analysis serves as a valuable resource for agencies seeking insights into the practices of nearby jurisdictions, leading knowledge sharing and regional cooperation. In conclusion, the guide provides an in-depth, all-encompassing resource by comprehensively addressing bridge deck cracking, sealant selection, and remediation strategies. It equips decision-makers with the knowledge and tools necessary to maintain and improve bridge deck integrity while optimizing resource allocation and budgeting practices.

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Advisor

Mohsen Issa

Department

Civil, Material and Environmental Engineering

Degree Grantor

University of Illinois Chicago

Degree Level

  • Masters

Degree name

MS, Master of Science

Committee Member

Dedim Ozevin Amir Iranmanesh

Thesis type

application/pdf

Language

  • en

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