In today’s market, it is imperative to be knowledgeable and have an edge over the competition. ACI members have it…they are engaged, informed, and stay up to date by taking advantage of benefits that ACI membership provides them.
Read more about membership
Become an ACI Member
Founded in 1904 and headquartered in Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA, the American Concrete Institute is a leading authority and resource worldwide for the development, dissemination, and adoption of its consensus-based standards, technical resources, educational programs, and proven expertise for individuals and organizations involved in concrete design, construction, and materials, who share a commitment to pursuing the best use of concrete.
American Concrete Institute
38800 Country Club Dr.
Farmington Hills, MI
Feedback via Email
Home > Publications > International Concrete Abstracts Portal
The International Concrete Abstracts Portal is an ACI led collaboration with leading technical organizations from within the international concrete industry and offers the most comprehensive collection of published concrete abstracts.
Title: Performance Evaluation and Maintenance of Concrete Bridges in Cold Regions
Author(s): A. Hmidan, Y.J. Kim, D.K. Yoon, and S. Yazdani
Publication: Special Publication
Appears on pages(s): 21-38
Keywords: cold region, concrete bridge, decks, deterioration, evaluation, geographical information system (GIS), maintenance, national bridge inventory (NBI)
Abstract:This paper presents a unique approach to examine the performance of constructed concrete bridges in cold regions, based on a combined statistical analysis and geographic information system (GIS) method. A total of 3,013 bridges and 1,126 bridge decks selected from the State of North Dakota (one of the coldest regions in the United States) are analyzed. Detailed technical information of the examined bridges is obtained from the National Bridge Inventory (NBI) database constructed between 2006 and 2007. A statistical analysis is conducted to identify the critical sources of bridge deterioration in cold regions, in particular concrete bridges, using the ordinary least-square multiple regression method. The performance of concrete bridges under cold weather is in general satisfactory, while the deck slabs are the critical structural members and may require regular maintenance and repair. The contribution of the year-built and the presence of water are the most critical factors to the bridge deterioration. A case study is presented based on a 29-span bridge consisting of cast-in-place deck slabs supported by prestressed concrete and steel plate girders. Detailed inspection results are reported and adequate maintenance methods are discussed.
Click here to become an online Journal subscriber