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Title:  (SR500) NHI Innovations: FRP Composite Bridge Decking
Date/Time:  7/23/2013 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
Description:  This webinar will highlight the benefits of a non-proprietary composite decking system refined under the Highways for LIFE program for applications where a lightweight bridge deck is needed. The new system will be described and illustrated, including details for installation on a typical steel girder bridge. Presenters will describe a battery of tests done on full-scale deck panels to validate the design and then present the step-by-step sequence of an actual field installation. Moderator: Lou Triandafilou, P.E., FHWA Turner Fairbank Highway Research Center Presenters: Jerome O'Connor, P.E., BridgeComposites, LLC Project Team Leader O'Connor will present the history, performance objectives, design parameters, and fundamental concepts of the deck design used in the Highways for LIFE project. He'll cover problems encountered with past FRP decks and the preventative measures that were developed to avoid a recurrence. A specification for future deployment of a generic hybrid deck will be proposed. Maria Lopez de Murphy, Ph. D. Penn State University Dr. Lopez de Murphy, Penn State University, will explain the testing regimen she used to evaluate the technical performance of the components and deck system as a whole. Jeremy Ferris, P.E., Allegany County NY Mr. Ferris will describe the deck system from an owner's perspective. He advised the project team of his needs and preferences during development of the design and installation details and oversaw an installation by County forces in 2012
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