Project 2.10: Durability Evaluation of Carbon Fiber Composite Strands in Highway Bridges

Durability Evaluation of Carbon Fiber Composite Strands in Highway Bridges

Project 2.10

Project Summary

The objectives of this project are to monitor the structural performance of carbon fiber composite cable (CFCC) strands in the Penobscot Narrows Bridge, a cable-stayed bridge, to evaluate long-term durability, and to assess durability of carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) strands for pre-stressed concrete bridges.

This project will enhance transportation infrastructure durability as follows:
– The Maine Department of Transportation will be able to monitor the long-term durability of the CFCC strands continuously
– Non-corrosive CFRP strands will increase the longevity of highway bridges

Principal Investigator

Dr. Robert Lopez-Anido, P.E.


Dr. Keith Berube
Dr. Andrew Goupee


University of Maine

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Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, University Transportation Centers Program, Department of Transportation
University of Maine

Implementation of Research Outcomes:

This project is in its initial research phase. Implementation of Research outcomes will be reported upon completion of initial research.

Impacts and Benefits of Implementation:

This project is in its initial research phase. Impacts and benefits of the research will be reported after the implementation phase.

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Printable Project Information Sheet

September 2019 Semi-Annual Progress Report

December 2019 Quarterly Progress Report

March 2020 Quarterly Progress Report

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March 2021 Quarterly Progress Report

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March 2022 Quarterly Progress Report

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