The Mn/DOT Precast Composite Slab Span System (PCSSS) was initially designed by Mn/DOT with input from
the University of Minnesota researchers and local fabricators. The bridge system consisted of a series of precast
prestressed concrete inverted tee bridge elements that also served as stay-in-place formwork for the cast-in-place
(CIP) portion of the deck placed in the field. One of the Mn/DOT implementations, located in Center City, MN,
was instrumented, and subsequently, monitored for 24 months to investigate reflective cracking and continuity over
the piers since the deck was cast. The data obtained from the field study indicated that cracking had initiated in the
bridge at the locations of some of the transverse gages in the CIP just above the longitudinal flange joint at midspan
and some of the longitudinal gages near the support. The cracking was determined to be the result restrained
shrinkage and environmental effects rather than due to vehicular loads. Transverse load distribution was evaluated
with a static truck test. In addition, a two-span laboratory specimen was constructed and load tested to investigate
effects of variations in flange thickness, bursting reinforcement, horizontal shear reinforcement, and flange surface
treatment. The positive restraint moment that developed at the pier was also monitored for the first 250 days after
continuity was made. The data from the laboratory and field tests were analyzed with respect to reflective
cracking, transverse load distribution, pier continuity, bursting, and restraint moment, and design recommendations
Smith, Matthew; Eriksson, Whitney; Shield, Carol; French, Catherine.
Monitoring and Analysis of Mn/DOT Precast Composite Slab Span System (PCSSS).
Minnesota Department of Transportation.
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