Date of Award

4-2006

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Civil and Construction Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Sheril Yehia

Second Advisor

Dr. Osama Abudayyeh

Third Advisor

Dr. Ahmad Jrade

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

Transportation infrastructure is the backbone of American commerce & industry at the advent of the 21st century. Bridges are the key elements of the transportation system of a country. According to National Bridge Inventory 2005, there are approximately six hundred thousand bridges in United States, among them nearly one third of bridges are functionally obsolete. A lack in performance of such structures, with respect to minimum acceptable standards, has direct impact not only on the highway system but also on public safety as well as economic growth. Systematic and well-designed research will provide the most effective approach to the solution of many problems facing by the highway administrators and engineers.

This research describes the various factors that accelerate the deterioration of steel bridges and its repair methods. In addition, this research studies several bridges to collect the required data for the development of model, which is initial stage of database design. The collected data is normalized into third normal form. Finally, a theoretical model and a suitable database for steel bridge repair, inspection and maintenance was designed. The database is designed with the help of Microsoft Access, SQL and Visual Basic Net. The developed database able to store, edit and generate reports according to the user choices.

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