Better Salt Storage

by Charles H. Goodspeed, Professor of Civil Engineering; University of New Hampshire, Durham, N.H.,
Derek Cronin, Graduate Student; University of New Hampshire, Durham, N.H.,
Robert M. Henry, Associate Prof. of Civil Engineering; University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH,
Kevin Thibodeau, Assistant Project Manager; Harvey Construction, Bedford, N.H.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1997, Vol. 67, Issue 3, Pg. 50-51

Document Type: Feature article


Facing tighter maintenance budgets and stringent environmental regulations, many highway departments are designing and building innovative structures to store road salt. One such structure is the salt-storage facility in Newmarket, N.H., constructed with plastic-reinforced concrete and a hyperbolic paraboloid roof. In a first-of-its-kind application, the Public Works Department of Newmarket, N.H., working with researchers at the University of New Hampshire, used fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) to reinforce concrete foundation walls and a hyperbolic shell to build a simple salt-storage facility resistant to chloride corrosion. The design team on the project used two-dimensional FRP as the only reinforcement in the structure's 6 ft high concrete walls.

Subject Headings: Salts | Reinforced concrete | Highway and road structures | Highway and road design | Fiber reinforced polymer | Walls | Synthetic materials

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