Experimental characterization of prefabricated bridge deck panels prepared with prestressed and sustainable ultra-high performance concrete

Muhammad Naveed Zafar, Muhammad Azhar Saleem, Jun Xia*, Muhammad Mazhar Saleem

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Enhanced quality and reduced on-site construction time are the basic features of prefabricated bridge elements and systems. Prefabricated lightweight bridge decks have already started finding their place in accelerated bridge construction (ABC). Therefore, the development of deck panels using high strength and high performance concrete has become an active area of research. Further optimization in such deck systems is possible using prestressing or replacement of raw materials with sustainable and recyclable materials. This research involves experimental evaluation of six full-depth precast prestressed high strength fiber-reinforced concrete (HSFRC) and six partial-depth sustainable ultra-high performance concrete (sUHPC) composite bridge deck panels. The composite panels comprise UHPC prepared with ground granulated blast furnace slag (GGBS) with the replacement of 30% cement content overlaid by recycled aggregate concrete made with replacement of 30% of coarse aggregates with recycled aggregates. The experimental variables for six HSFRC panels were depth, level of prestressing, and shear reinforcement. The six sUHPC panels were prepared with different shear and flexural reinforcements and sUHPC-normal/recycled aggregate concrete interface. Experimental results exhibit the promise of both systems to serve as an alternative to conventional bridge deck systems.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5132
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020


  • Bridge deck
  • Prefabricated
  • Prestressed
  • Sustainable
  • UHPC

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