Project C19.2020: Damage Modeling, Monitoring, and Assessment of Bridge Scour and Water Borne Debris Effects for Enhanced Structural Life

Damage Modeling, Monitoring, and Assessment of Bridge Scour and Water Borne Debris Effect for Enhanced Structural Life

Project C19.2020

Project Summary

The objective of this project is to evaluate bridge failure risk due to bridge scour and waterborne debris impacts to enable predictive management for enhanced structural life. The proposed multi-disciplinary project will establish a systematic framework to apply analytical, computational, and experimental techniques to evaluate these effects on the future life of bridges. Possible damage mitigation methods will be evaluated.

Principal Investigator

Dr. Wei Zhang, P.E.


Dr. Ramesh B. Malla
Dr. Nalini Ravishanker


University of Connecticut

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

Implementation of Research Outcomes:

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

Impacts and Benefits of Implementation:

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

Related Links:

  • PI Website:
  • “Fatigue Life of Weldment Details of Existing Orthotropic Steel Bridge Considering the Scour Effects”

Printable Project Information Sheet

December 2020 Quarterly Progress Report

April 2021 Quarterly Progress Report

July 2021 Quarterly Progress Report

October 2021 Quarterly Progress Report

December 2021 Quarterly Progress Report

May 2022 Quarterly Progress Report

June 2022 Quarterly Progress Report