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A Queen’s University research team of civil engineers led by Amir Fam has developed new technology to test the structural integrity of bridge materials and design. In partnership with government and industry partners including Dymech, Canadian Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute and Forterra Engineering, the cutting-edge Moving Load Simulator is the first of its kind in Canada and will contribute to more bridge design efficiencies.
The simulator works by driving over test material to recreate forces bridges undergo every day due to large and small vehicles driving across them. While bridge material has traditionally been tested using a pulsating technique that repeatedly pounds the same spot, Fam’s new technology offers a more realistic way to test a bridge’s structural integrity.
The simulator also collects data for the engineers to assess the performance of all aspects of the bridge structure.
For more information, visit the Queen’s Gazette.