Researchers develop concrete transition system for bridges

Daily Commercial News » Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology have developed a transition system at each end of a bridge that would eliminate the need for expansion joints. The transition system uses 20-30 concrete elements that distribute weight evenly across the bridge.

2018-03-20T08:39:46+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Austria, Bridges, General Interest|

California bridge could transform industry with nanocrystals

Construction Connect » A new bridge will be built in California this summer. That’s hardly earth-shattering news. But this one will be different. Thanks to the work of researchers at Purdue University, this bridge will use concrete that has been infused with microscopic-sized nanocrystals from wood. The idea is that the nanocrystals will make the concrete stronger so that less of it is needed.

2018-03-06T13:11:00+00:00 March 2nd, 2018|Bridges, California, General Interest, Roads|

Precast Concrete Could Change Louisiana Highways

KTBS » This process is called the Precast Reinforced Concrete Pavement whereby the pavement is cast in another location. This is the first time the process has been tried in the State of Louisiana, but the Federal Highway Administration has had success with the process in other parts of the country.

2018-02-16T17:19:52+00:00 February 13th, 2018|General Interest, Highways, Louisiana|

VIDEO: Conveyor bridge transporting materials over roadway on Cal. Route 180 project

Equipment World » In the video below, Sam Yniguez, a public information officer with Caltrans, highlights a conveyor system bridge that will be used on the Kings Canyon Road (State Route 180) project in eastern Fresno County.

2018-01-17T15:51:56+00:00 January 17th, 2018|California, General Interest, Highways|

Expert: Oversizing a common issue in the use of precast concrete

Construction Week Online » Although precast systems are typically viewed as weaker compared to site-cast concrete, the director of the structural and earthquake engineering laboratory at Turkey’s Middle East Technical University said he disagrees. 

2017-12-07T16:42:15+00:00 November 28th, 2017|General Interest, Turkey|

Snake Robots Get Engineers Out of Tight Spaces » OC Robotics snake-arm robots look like something a Spider-man villain would invent. In reality, the gadget have made such an impression on the engineering industry that GE Aviation bought the U.K.-based robotics manufacturer in June 2017. GE believes that the robots, which have already been used for tunnel-boring inspections, will have a vast array of applications.

2017-11-09T12:03:43+00:00 November 7th, 2017|General Interest, U.S. News, World News|
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