Instrumentation and fabrication of two high strength concrete prestressed bridge girders


Jeffrey Kielb, Catherine French, Roberto Leon, Carol Shield

August 1998

Report no. MnDOT 1998-09

This report describes the design, instrumentation, construction, and test set-up of two high-strength concrete prestressed bridge girders. The girder specimens were constructed to evaluate prestress transfer length, prestress losses, flexural fatigue, ultimate flexural strength, and ultimate shear strength. Each test girder was a 132.75-foot long, 46-inch deep, Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) 45M girder section reinforced with 46 0.6-inch diameter 270 ksi prestressing strands. The 28-day nominal compressive strength of the girders was 10,500 psi. Each girder was made composite with a 9-inch thick, 48-inch wide composite concrete deck cast on top with a nominal compressive strength of 4000 psi. Girder I used a concrete mix incorporating crushed limestone aggregate while Girder II utilized round glacial gravel aggregate in the mix with the addition of microsilica. In addition, the two test girders incorporated two different end patterns of prestressing--draping versus a combination of draping and debonding--and two different stirrup configurations--standard MnDOT U versus a modified U with leg extensions. More than 200 strain gages were imbedded in each girder during construction. Other reports present flexural and shear testing results.

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