Structural research at NTC explores how to design, build and maintain the supporting structures that are integral to transportation in a way that minimizes risk and costs. A particular focus is bridges, which are a vital part of transportation infrastructure, but are especially vulnerable to damage from wear and tear and phenomena such as natural disasters. NTC researchers have developed efficient, reliable risk analysis procedures for assessing highway and railway bridges. Standards for structural safety, risk analysis, and designs developed by NTC faculty have been adopted both locally and internationally.
NTC researchers are also renowned for their work with design and successful implementation of innovative steel bridge elements, including the patented NU I-Girder system. The Structural Laboratory at UNL facilitates the development of safer, more stable, and more cost effective structural components and materials, including advanced steel-reinforced and self-consolidating concretes.
- Development and Testing of the SAFER Barrier - Version 2, SAFER Barrier Gate, and Alternative Backup Structure
- Delayed Development of Composite action in Steel Girder Bridges
- Structural Behavior of FRP Sandwich Panels for Bridge Decks
- Highway Bridge Replacement: Processes, Techniques, and Advancements
- Processes and Techniques for Rapid Bridge Replacement after Extreme Events
- Evaluating the Time-Dependent and Bond Characteristics of Lightweight Concrete Mixes for Kansas Prestressed Concrete Bridges
- Pilot Study on Rugged Fiber Optic Brillouin Sensors for Large Strain Measurements to Ensure the Safety of Transportation Structures