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Innovation Bridge Transforming the Field of Bridge Construction

After studying the durability performance of fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) rebar in the Innovation Bridge at the University of Miami (UM), Steve Nolan, a structures design engineer at the Florida Department of Transportation, and his colleagues decided to put this technology to work on the Halls River Bridge in Homosassa, Fla. To Nolan’s knowledge, the 186-foot-long vehicular bridge was the first bridge in North America to use a wide variety of FRP materials (primarily fiberglass rebar) in the complete substructure.

Antonio Nanni, chair of the College of Engineering’s Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, points to the rising coastal tides and an uptick in storm surges as a reason to invest in corrosion-resistant materials like FRP.

“Now, as we are preparing ourselves to protect whatever we built against flooding, the issue of creating constructive facilities that are impervious to reinforcement corrosion is the call of the future,” he says. “The use of composites like GFRP is a must for any measure aiming to make infrastructure more sustainable and resilient.”

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