Research Project Statement 17-139 FY 2017 Annual Program

Form ProjStat
(Rev. 5/2013)
Research Project Statement 17-139
FY 2017 Annual Program
Synthesis of Integral/Semi-integral Abutments and Implementation to Bridges (Deliverable
1. Project length not to exceed 12 months.
2. Project budget not to exceed $60,000.
The Problem:
Bridge deck joints and bearings are exposed to continual wear and heavy impact from vehicles,
temperature, creep, shrinkage and chemicals. Since they are costly to install, maintain and
repair, over 40 states have developed jointless bridges with integral/semi-integral abutments
system, where possible. It has been proved that the integral/semi-integral system can perform
well without continuous maintenance. In Texas, the fist integral abutment bridge was built in the
1990's. It should be investigated to determine if the integral/semi-integral system can be
applicable to Texas soils and substructure types.
Perform a synthesis of existing data to investigate whether the integral/semi-integral system can
be applicable to Texas soils and substructure types.
1. Value of Research (VoR) that includes both qualitative and economic benefits.
2. Project report that includes:
a. Current and historic usage.
b. Advantages and disadvantages.
c. Applicability to soil types in Texas.
d. Applicability to common substructure types in Texas.
e. Cost comparison.
f. Development of design concepts and details.
1. Utilize the deliverable based templates (see the appendices provided or in the University
2. Proposals will be considered non-responsive and will not be accepted for technical
evaluation if they are not received by the deadline or do not meet the requirements stated in
RTI’s University Handbook.
3. Proposals should be submitted in PDF format, 1 PDF file per proposal. File name should
include project name and university abbreviation.
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Project Statement 17-139
Form ProjStat
(Rev. 5/2013)
Conference Code: 951 211 7290
Notifying RTI of
Intent to
Notify your University Liaison of your intent to submit a proposal. Your Liaison will provide
information regarding the RFP.
Proposals are due to RTI by 4:00 P.M. Central Daylight Time, April 14, 2016. Email
submissions should be sent to [email protected]
Project Statement 17-139