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Title: Accelerated Aging of Polymer Composite Bridge Materials

Accelerated aging research on samples of composite material and candidate ultraviolet (UV) protective coatings is determining the effects of six environmental factors on material durability. Candidate fastener materials are being evaluated to determine corrosion rates and crevice corrosion effects at load-bearing joints. This work supports field testing of a 30-ft long, 18-ft wide polymer matrix composite (PMC) bridge at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL). Durability results and sensor data from tests with live loads provide information required for determining the cost/benefit measures to use in life-cycle planning, determining a maintenance strategy, establishing applicable inspection techniques, and establishing guidelines, standards, and acceptance criteria for PMC bridges for use in the transportation infrastructure.
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TRN: US200724%%755
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Conference: Smart Structures and Materials,Newport Beach, CA,03/01/1999,03/05/1999
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Idaho National Laboratory (INL)
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United States
42 - ENGINEERING; AGING; COMPOSITE MATERIALS; CORROSION; CREVICE CORROSION; FASTENERS; INEEL; LIFE CYCLE; MAINTENANCE; PLANNING; POLYMERS; PROTECTIVE COATINGS; RECOMMENDATIONS; TESTING accelerated aging; analysis of variance; composite bridge; durability testing; polymer matrix composite (PMC) material; UV protective coating