- CAIT Main
- Infrastructure Areas
- Program Sites
- ANDERS - Automated Nondestructive Evaluation and Rehabilitation System
- BEAST - Bridge Evaluation and Accelerated Structural Testing
- CAES - Center for Advanced Energy Systems
- FMP - Freight and Maritime Program
- ICMP - Infrastructure Condition Monitoring Program
- IMG - Information Management Group
- LESS - Laboratory for Energy Smart Systems
- LPS - Laboratory for Port Security
- LTBP - Long-Term Bridge Performance Program
- NJ LTAP - NJ Local Technical Assistance Program
- PRP - Pavement Resource Program
- PSSP - Pipeline Safety and Security Program
- SAM - Structures and Advanced Materials
- SSML - Soil and Sediment Management Laboratory
- TSRC - Transportation Safety Resource Center
- TTG - Technology Transfer Group
The BEAST®: A massive, revolutionary new testing facility to give us answers about bridge deterioration sooner than ever thought possible.
UPDATE: NEW MEDIA
Meet the BEAST® mini-documentary
A short documentary outlining the need for the BEAST and how it was born was screened at the NJDOT Research Showcase on October 23. Experts explain how it was designed and built, how it compresses time, and its potential impact on the lifespan of our nation's highway bridges.
UPDATE: UNVEILING AND DEDICATION
On October 14, 2015, CAIT introduced the BEAST during a public event that included a ribbon cutting, demo, and tours. Now, for the first time, bridge owners and builders have a virtual "crystal ball" into the future performance and lifespan of materials, elements, and rehabilitation and preservation techniques for aging highway bridges.
CAIT has unveiled a truly unique Bridge Evaluation and Accelerated Structural Testing lab (The BEAST®) that can quantitatively measure stresses and deterioration caused by extreme traffic and environmental loading on full-scale bridge systems—and do so in an extremely compressed time frame. Data from the BEAST will allow us to project future performance and longevity of bridge materials and components.
The BEAST subjects full-scale bridge specimens to rapid-cycling environmental changes and extreme traffic loading to induce and speed up deterioration as much as 30 times, making it possible to simulate 15 to 20 years of wear-and-tear in just a few months.
Through this testing, we anticipate being able to validate how various bridge designs, construction materials, and elements can be expected to perform decades from now and give bridge owners empirical evidence to support decision making.