- The Marcus H. Ansley Structures Research Center,
located at Innovation Park in Tallahassee, Florida is a
structural research and testing facility for the
Florida Department of Transportation. The
primary mission of the Structures Research
Center is to provide research, testing, and
evaluations of innovative structural components
and bridge systems along with testing existing
inventory to provide for safe, reliable, and
cost efficient structures across the State's
- Our vision is to provide the Department the
highest quality technical expertise in the field
of structural research and structural testing.
- Proof Test for Lightweight Aluminum Bridge Deck
Posted: March 11, 2016
A concept for an aluminum bridge deck panel for use on moveable bridges was developed by
the Florida Department of Transportation in consultation with AlumaBridge, SAPA and
Hardesty & Hanover, LLC. The new deck system has the potential to replace 5” deep steel
open grid deck systems and provide a better, quieter riding surface and lower maintenance costs.
Prior to in-service use, the structural capacity and design is being verified by the
Structures Research Center.
- Pendulum Impact on a Commuter Bus
Posted: July 23, 2012
FDOT Research Project BDV30 943-05, Crashworthiness and Impact Analysis Laboratory. This was a pendulum impact study on a paratransit bus, conducted on 7/10/12. A 4,000 lb impact block was dropped reaching a speed of 30 mph before impact.