Author

Fazal

Date of Award

4-2005

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Civil and Construction Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Yehia Sherif

Second Advisor

Dr. Osama Abudayyeh

Third Advisor

Dr. Ahmad Jrade

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

Three main problems that deteriorate bridge decks are cracking, delamination and corrosion. Once concrete bridge deck is infected with any of the three problems, it becomes susceptible to more serious structural and architectural problems. Corrosion, cracking and delamination sometimes occur in tandem in concrete bridge decks, which makes the situation even more worse.

Pontis, which has been successfully employed by various department of transportation is basically a network level BMS which prioritize bridges or groups of bridges for repair and rehabilitation funds. In this scenario researchers and scholars agree that along side Pontis certain other project specific BMS (Expert systems or decision support systems) are the need of the hour. This research is about the development of an expert system for bridge decks that are deteriorated by corrosion, cracking and delamination. The final product is expected to alleviate some of the above-mentioned problems.

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