Bridge Deck Distress and Repairs

by Robert B. Austin, Univ of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Materials: Performance and Prevention of Deficiencies and Failures


The primary cause of bridge deck deterioration are cyclic freeze-thaw exposures and reinforcing steel corrosion caused by the extensive use of de-icing salts. However, there are other causes of distress. This paper presents an overview of potential causes of distress and conventional repair methods.

Subject Headings: Bridge decks | Bridge management | Rehabilitation | Steel bridges | Deterioration | Salts | Steel decks | Corrosion

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