Georges El-Gharib Co-Authors Article on Preventing Early-Age Bridge Deck Cracking

May 24, 2016Location: Lake Mary, Florida

Georges El-Gharib, PE, Structures section head in JMT’s Lake Mary, FL office, co-authored "Analysis, prediction, and case studies of early-age cracking in bridge decks," a research article that recently appeared in the International Journal of Advanced Structural Engineering, a peer-reviewed open access journal.

Early-age cracking can adversely affect the strength, serviceability, and durability of concrete bridge decks.  The authors analyzed causes and factors affecting early-age cracking.  In support of their research, the authors developed a calculation tool known as a "deck cracking spreadsheet." The spreadsheet may be used to predict the likelihood of deck cracking based on concrete mixture proportioning, temperature prediction, and thermal analysis.