Condition Assessment

CAIT-UTC-REG16

Major tunnel fires can lead to catastrophic events potentially resulting in the loss of lives, property damage, long service disruptions, and major socioeconomic impacts. A number of previous historical events confirm that tunnel fires may not necessarily cause collapse, but significant damage to the tunnel lining and lo…

IPProject Status: In Progress Fiscal Year: FY2018/2019
CAIT-UTC-REG18

The primary goal of this proposal is to analyze pedestrian bridges that were damaged or collapsed during Hurricane Maria. The specific objectives of the project are:

  • Develop an inventory of pedestrian bridges that were damaged or collapsed due to the hurricane and document the type of failures exp…
IPProject Status: In Progress Fiscal Year: FY2018/2019
CAIT-UTC-REG19

The primary goal of this project is to analyze motor vehicle bridges that were damaged or collapsed during Hurricane Maria. The specific objectives of the project are:

  • develop an inventory of bridges that experienced damages or collapsed
  • determine the causes of failu…
IPProject Status: In Progress Fiscal Year: FY2018/2019
CAIT-UTC-REG3

The overarching aim of the research is to explore and establish the ability of large-amplitude, forced vibration testing to reveal the current performance and forecast the future system performance of bridges, with the consideration of dynamic soil-foundation-structure effects. With the ability to perform reli…

IPProject Status: In Progress Fiscal Year: FY2018/2019
CAIT-UTC-REG9

Robots are emerging force in some of the most challenging working environments. Whether they are flying drones or climbing robots, rigid machinery systems or soft robots made from flexible organic materials, their mix of mobility, strength, and configurability poises them to revolutionize the field of infrastructure main…

IPProject Status: In Progress Fiscal Year: FY2018/2019
CAUT-UTC-REG6

Airfield Pavement Management collects data of structural condition such as fatigue cracking and rutting. However, important factors affect the safety of aircraft operations including non-structural distresses of low friction and surface distortion are missing in the data collection process. The goal of this research is t…

IPProject Status: In Progress Fiscal Year: FY2018/2019
CAIT-UTC-NC57

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the Overlay Tester using field cores from a recently completed FHWA accelerated loading facility (ALF) fatigue cracking study. The study comprised of 10 different lanes, each produced to the same target volumetrics, but with varied recycled asphalt contents, base asphal…

IPProject Status: In Progress Fiscal Year: FY2017/2018
CAIT-UTC-NC61

The Manhattan Bridge is 6,855 feet long, spanning the East River and connecting the island of Manhattan to Brooklyn. It is subjected to repeated dynamic loads, especially by the transit system trains with the average daily traffic of 1,000 trains per day. As a result of repeated loads, especially those by the …

IPProject Status: In Progress Fiscal Year: FY2017/2018
CAIT-UTC-NC48

One of the most important aspects of a prestressed concrete structure is the distribution of the prestressing force along the structure, both at transfer and in the long term. Time-dependent prestress losses a…

IPProject Status: In Progress Fiscal Year: FY2016/2017
CAIT-UTC-NC50

The Targeted Hits for Modal Parameter Estimation and Rating (THMPER) system is a rapid modal impact trailer, a mobile work station, and streamlined data processing software that is used to extract modal parameters (natural frequencies and global mode shapes) of highway bridges during brief traffic slow downs or partial l…

IPProject Status: In Progress Fiscal Year: FY2016/2017
CAIT-UTC-NC52

This project seeks to experimentally determine a predictive methodology for calculating capacity reduction values for vehicular impacted bridge piers. To accomplish this goal, the following more specific objec…

IPProject Status: In Progress Fiscal Year: FY2016/2017
CAIT-UTC-060

The objective of this research is to identify technological issues and formulate a research agenda for a smart city research program.  Given the research strength of the faculty members associated with CTIS at UTEP, this project will focus on the areas of smart bridges, smart mobility and smart building, with a view of …

FProject Status: Final Fiscal Year: FY2015/2016
CAIT-UTC-068

The goal of this project is to develop a road map for research through CAIT on transportation infrastructure resilience.  The objective is to:

1) Develop an inventory and assessment of current research and activities

2) Develop an inventory of research needs and prioritize these needs

3) Connect the…

FProject Status: Final Fiscal Year: FY2015/2016
CAIT-UTC-NC23

The data that exists or can be obtained regarding the condition and behavior of our nation’s infrastructure presently exceeds the profession’s ability to make efficient use of said data. Existing d…

IPProject Status: In Progress Fiscal Year: FY2015/2016
CAIT-UTC-NC24

Lean philosophy was used to analyze the efficiency of bridge inspection. Emphasis was put on identifying activities that add value to the final output, an owner approved bridge inspection report. 26 bridge inspections were shadowed. Time spent on bridge inspection activities was recorded for all bridge inspection stages …

FProject Status: Final Fiscal Year: FY2015/2016
CAIT-UTC-NC31

Departments of Transportation (DOTs) perform inspections at regular intervals for all assets including bridges. Bridges are inspected by teams of bridge inspectors and represent a significant portion of the bu…

IPProject Status: In Progress Fiscal Year: FY2015/2016
CAIT-UTC-NC33

Utah Department of Transportation, along with Utah State University and the University of Utah Seismograph Stations are currently operating an installation with 39 channels of acceleration including 18 channels from on-bridge sensors.

This proposed project will address upgrading of the data recording equipment (us…

IPProject Status: In Progress Fiscal Year: FY2015/2016
CAIT-UTC-NC34

This research provides a research and educational platform that is ideal for a variety of bridge studies.  The work included in this proposal is the design and installation of embedded accelerometers, strain gages, and thermocouples throughout the bridge structure which can then be used for dynamic studies in the future…

IPProject Status: In Progress Fiscal Year: FY2015/2016
CAIT-UTC-NC35

Concrete surface resistivity (AASHTO Spec) and bulk resistivity, are  easy to implement, non-destructive tests which can identify several important parameters, including concrete permeability and can potentia…

IPProject Status: In Progress Fiscal Year: FY2015/2016
CAIT-UTC-NC38

We propose that the electrical resistance of a geomaterial-water-air mixture can be modeled fundamentally as parallel electrical resistances of the geomaterial, pore-water, and air-voids.  We will develop a f…

IPProject Status: In Progress Fiscal Year: FY2015/2016
CAIT-UTC-NC39

While there is consensus among stakeholders (FHWA, State DOT’s, Academia, Industry) that better data on bridge performance is required, there is limited infrastructure in place to make the best possible use of the data. This is a considerable threat to the success and existence of the shift towards data-driven appr…

IPProject Status: In Progress Fiscal Year: FY2015/2016
CAIT-UTC-NC41

We propose to develop a rugged in-situ battery-powered electronic sensing platform for continuous monitoring of key toxic compounds in natural water sources with high temporal and spatial density (> 1 measurement per 5 minutes and > 1 measurement per 5 meters) over long periods of time (>48 hours). This continuo…

IPProject Status: In Progress Fiscal Year: FY2015/2016
CAIT-UTC-NC46

Accident data records have shown that wet pavement surface is a significant factor causing car and truck accidents. The vehicle operation, roadway geometric design, and pavement surface and drainage condition …

IPProject Status: In Progress Fiscal Year: FY2015/2016
CAIT-UTC-NC47

This project has to be seen as a part of a major research project that the PI has been trying to put together over the past couple of years, with researchers at Harbin Institute of Technology (China) and at Ru…

IPProject Status: In Progress Fiscal Year: FY2015/2016
CAIT-UTC-059

Within this research project, condition assessment of the four bridges in Virginia will be conducted using manual NDE technologies as well as the robotic platform RABIT™. The following NDE methods will be us…

FProject Status: Final Fiscal Year: FY2014/2015
CAIT-UTC-NC12

The Utah Transportation Center, in conjunction with CAIT at Rutgers, sponsored a study that investigated the distribution factors and load ratings of a continuous, steel I-girder bridge. The SH-52 Bridge over the Snake River is located on the Idaho-Oregon border near Payette, Idaho. The bridge w…

FProject Status: Final Fiscal Year: FY2014/2015
CAIT-UTC-NC13

One Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) technique that is being utilized in many locations throughout the US is the construction of bridge superstructures off site and then moving the bridge into position.  This method relies on Self-Propelled Modular Transporters (SPMTs).  The bridge superstructure undergoes both ve…

IPProject Status: In Progress Fiscal Year: FY2014/2015
CAIT-UTC-NC4

To minimize obstruction to the traffic, this project aims to carry out investigation of the capability of remote sensing satellite data, including Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite data for use in advan…

FProject Status: Final Fiscal Year: FY2014/2015
RITARS-14-H-RUT

The natural gas distribution system in the United States has 1.2 million miles of mains and about 65 million service lines (as of 2012). This distribution system, which consist of various material types, is subjected to various threats the impact of which differ depending on material, age, location, and operational funct…

IPProject Status: In Progress Fiscal Year: FY2014/2015
CAIT-UTC-NC3

The goal of this project was to cast the SHM problem within a statistical pattern recognition framework. Techniques borrowed from speaker recognition, particularly speaker verification, were used as this discipline deals with problems very similar to those addressed by structural health monitori…

FProject Status: Final Fiscal Year: FY2013/2014
CAIT-UTC-NC7

The LAE sensing sheet contains dense array of individual sensors, but there are some non-instrumented spaces between the sensors that are not sensitive to strain anomalies. In addition, individual sensors are sensitive to strain in one specific direction, while the damage (e.g. cracking of concrete and bowing of steel), …

IPProject Status: In Progress Fiscal Year: FY2013/2014
287-RU4820

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires public transit agencies to provide paratransit service to individuals who are unable to use fixed-route buses because of their disability. New Jersey first introduced Access Link paratransit in 1993; in compliance with the law, the system fully shadowed the NJ TRANSIT lo…

FProject Status: Final Fiscal Year: FY2012/2013
CAIT-UTC-003

Accelerated Bridge Construction techniques have resulted in innovative options that save time and money during the construction of bridges.  One such group of techniques that has generated considerable interest is the usage of individual precast concrete decks in place of cast-in-place bridge decks.  Utilizing precast …

FProject Status: Final Fiscal Year: FY2012/2013
CAIT-UTC-005

This research is necessary to help the Virginia DOT take advantage of state-of-the-art tools and methods in data analysis and data mining to help them better understand bridge performance in Virginia and to mo…

FProject Status: Final Fiscal Year: FY2011/2012
255/269-RU2531/3599

The primary objective of the Rutgers Pavement Resource Program (PRP) is to utilize the extensive laboratory and field pavement testing equipment and staff expertise of the Pavement Resource Program in all aspects of Pavement Engineering to assist the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s Pavement and Drainage Manag…

FProject Status: Final Fiscal Year: FY2010/2011
260-RU3071

This report discusses the application of Tensar geogrids as the reinforcement elements in the construction of mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) walls on the Route 22 over Conrail and Liberty Avenue bridge replacement project in Hillside, NJ (Union County). As this is a relatively new product to the New Jersey Departmen…

FProject Status: Final Fiscal Year: FY2010/2011
Apex-RU0781

The objective of the project is the development of a full All-in-one Asset Management tool will be described followed by the identification of specific modules and features that will be implemented during a prototype phase. The All-in-one tool will be developed using client/server applications including a desktop capabil…

FProject Status: Final Fiscal Year: FY2010/2011
ATT-RU3528

The project is proposed to expand the previous efforts (by WinLab-Rutgers) performed on Parking Guidance and Information System (ParkNet) and assess the effect of real-time dissemination of on-street parking information using mobile connectivity on the gas emission and consequently the environment pollution. The research…

FProject Status: Final Fiscal Year: FY2010/2011
FHWA-NJ-2016-005

Given the importance of overcoming the challenges associated with aging and deteriorating bridges, and the need for a full-scale proving ground for evaluation of new and advanced materials and devices, CAIT has procured full-scale load testing equipment. The Heavy Vehicle Load Simulator for Bridge Deck Testing…

FProject Status: Final Fiscal Year: FY2010/2011
FHWA-NJ-2016-005

Given the importance of overcoming the challenges associated with aging and deteriorating bridges, and the need for a full-scale proving ground for evaluation of new and advanced materials and devices, CAIT has procured full-scale load testing equipment. The Heavy Vehicle Load Simulator for Bridge Deck Testing…

FProject Status: Final Fiscal Year: FY2010/2011
NJIT-RU2935

The primary objective of this project to establish the ESTIP application to provide interactive tools and protocols for TIP/STIP review and approvals involving several stakeholders, including NJDOT, FHWA, MPOs, and NJ Transit. To ensure that all the stakeholders’ design requirements were properly addressed in the E-STI…

FProject Status: Final Fiscal Year: FY2010/2011
Satellite-RU0781

The increasing emphasis on maintenance of existing infrastructure systems has led to greater use of advanced sensors and condition monitoring systems. Wireless sensors and sensor networks are emerging as sensing paradigms that the structural engineering field has begun to consider as substitutes for traditional tethered …

FProject Status: Final Fiscal Year: FY2010/2011
250-RU1991

The New Jersey Department of Transportation Standard Specifications for Road and Bridge Construction require uniform quality-assurance testing and approval of concrete admixtures and structural steel paints. Testing is performed to insure that contract materials are not adversely modified or altered.

This study ev…

FProject Status: Final Fiscal Year: FY2009/2010
IOWA-RU0944

Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT), like many other State DOTs, is faced with the need of identifying and deploying means for rapid, nondestructive and accurate condition assessment and performance monitoring of bridge decks.  Finding the right technologies will make a tremendous difference in the financial resour…

FProject Status: Final Fiscal Year: FY2009/2010
SMAR-RU0473

The project will encompass forensic testing on extracted cores of the stone matrix asphalt rubber (SMAR) material placed on I-295. Cores were provided to the Rutgers Asphalt/Pavement Laboratory (RAPL) at CAIT via Advanced Infrastructure and Design (AID).

Performance testing on cores will determine the following vo…

FProject Status: Final Fiscal Year: FY2009/2010
233-RU0744

New Jersey Department of Transportation manages a number of transportation structures that have pipes of various sizes that act as culverts. It is a challenge to repair and rehabilitate pipes with diameters less than 36 inches because of the problems of accessibility. An innovative solution is needed for in-place repairi…

FProject Status: Final Fiscal Year: FY2008/2009
AITF-RU4474

The Accelerated Infrastructure Testing Facility (AITF) would be the first facility in the world to enable accelerated scientific study of deterioration processes on full-scale bridges and also would offer state-of-the-art advanced pavement materials evaluation and testing capabilities.

Specifically, the AITF would…

FProject Status: Final Fiscal Year: FY2008/2009
PBIAM-RU4474

This project will perform an investigation that covers the following broad objectives:
•    The state-of-the-art in asset management of highway infrastructure in the United States and abroad
•    Research needs for demonstrating a network-level implementation of asset management to a regional highwa…

FProject Status: Final Fiscal Year: FY2008/2009
UVM RU2757

The main objective of the conducted research was to evaluate 3D-Radar GPR in bridge deck condition assessment and imaging, with an emphasis on detection and characterization of corrosion induced bridge deck delamination. A broader objective of the study was to provide data for comparative evaluation of the performance of…

FProject Status: Final Fiscal Year: FY2006/2007
166 RU9309

Center for Advanced Transportation Infrastructure (CAIT) of Rutgers University is mandated to conduct ground penetrating radar (GPR) surveys to update NJDOT’s pavement management system with GPR-measured pavement layer thicknesses.

Based on the review of the GPR data currently in the pavement management system, …

FProject Status: Final Fiscal Year: FY2005/2006
GPR RU4474

As a part of the Pavement Management Systems (PMS) project, ground penetrating radar (GPR) surveys were conducted at locations throughout New Jersey. Interpretations of the survey information were conducted for both network-level pavement management and design-level (project management) purposes. The objective of the wor…

FProject Status: Final Fiscal Year: FY2003/2004
126 RU6526

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), as many other DOT’s, moved towards utilizing a high-speed profiler to measure the International Roughness Index (IRI) as a part of the state smoothness acceptance specifications. Although high-speed profilers have been in use for long time as a tool to collect networ…

FProject Status: Final Fiscal Year: FY2002/2003
100 RU6701

The main objective of this study was to calibrate the AASHTO pavement temperature and seasonal adjustment models, or to develop new models. The models were based on New Jersey conditions and also will be used in network- and project-level FWD analysis.

For this study, 24 pavement sections were instrumented and a n…

FProject Status: Final Fiscal Year: FY2000/2001
FHWA NJ 2000 005 (CAIT 26)

The primary objective of this study was to evaluate the capabilities of the Portable Seismic Pavement Analyzer (PSPA) device to evaluate the bridge deck elastic moduli and the deck thickness, and to detect and quantify concrete bridge deck delamination.

The PSPA is a device for nondestructive evaluation of concret…

FProject Status: Final Fiscal Year: FY1998/1999