Chattanooga Engineers Club
Joint meeting with ASCE and TSPE Chattanooga
Monday, August 23, 2021
12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
On the surface, it may look like any other two-lane bridge you have driven over.
But a new high-tech bridge in north central Tennessee is equipped with a fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite material bridge deck embedded with fiber optic sensors. This might be a solution for many failing bridges. This new bridge replaced a damaged old concrete crossing which was rated structurally deficient and outdated. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, about 8 percent of the more than 617,000 bridges in the US are structurally deficient and need repair.
For this project, researchers and engineering students in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Fibers and Composites Manufacturing Facility embedded smart fiber optic sensors developed by Luna Innovations into the bridge surface during production.
Online access information will be provided to registered participants before the meeting date.
This event should qualify for 1 PDH.