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Structures Design

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Structures Research Center

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  • Welcome

  • 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 highway system.
  • Our vision is to provide the Department the highest quality technical expertise in the field of structural research and structural testing.
  • News

  • Failure Test of Fracture Critical Specimen, BDK80 977-17
    Posted: January 28, 2014
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    A 1/3 scale, double steel box girder and concrete slab system was failed during a flexure test. The applied load was centered directly over one girder which had previously been damaged by saw cutting the bottom flange, followed by crack propagation through the webs due to fatigue loading.

  • 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.