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FDOT Research Highlights: Wave studies

Posted by Content Coordinator on Monday, March 26th, 2012

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Several Gulf-coast bridges were severely damaged during the 2005 hurricane season. Hurricane Ivan’s severe wave action and 15-foot storm surge knocked 58 spans off of the I-10 Bridge across Pensacola Bay and misaligned 66 others.

FDOT conducted wave loading experiments in the wave tank in the Coastal Engineering Laboratory at the University of Florida and developed better predictive equations for loads that are exerted on bridge spans by waves.

The equations have been adopted by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) in a code that will be used for all new bridges in the country and for retrofitting existing bridges.

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