- 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.
- Failure Test of Fracture Critical Specimen, BDK80 977-17
Posted: January 28, 2014
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.
- 2013 Structures Research Update
Posted: January 27, 2014
The 2013 Structures Research Update was conducted on August 6th & 7th at the FDOT Central Office. The most current presetations for all projects can be found on the Active & Completed Research pages.
- 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.