Can Less Be More?

by Richard Horton, P.E., Senior Bridge Engineer; HDR in Omaha, NE,
Edward Power, P.E., (M.ASCE), Senior Vice President and National Director of Bridges; HDR, Norfolk, VA,
Kristi Van Ooyen, Bridge Engineer; Nebraska Dept. of Roads,
Altorod Azizinamini, P.E., Ph.D., Professor; Civil Engineering Dept., University of Nebraska at Lincoln,
Gary Krupicka, P.E., Senior Bridge Engineer; HDR in Omaha, NE,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2003, Vol. 73, Issue 11, Pg. 70-77

Document Type: Feature article


With its higher strength and improved performance characteristics, high-performance steel is indeed an alluring materials. Its cost, however, also is higher, a factor that cannot be ignored. The challenge, then, for engineers is deciding to use this steel to best advantage.

Subject Headings: Strength of materials | Steel | Materials characterization | Material properties | High-performance steel | Benefit cost ratios

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