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Future Infrastructural Replacement Through the Smart Bridge Concept

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Engineering Structures, Delft University of Technology, Stevinweg 1, 2628 CN Delft, The Netherlands
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Heijmans N.V., Graafsebaan 65, 5248 JT Rosmalen, The Netherlands
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Department Structural Engineering and Building Materials, Ghent University, Technologiepark-Zwijnaarde 60, 9052 Ghent, Belgium
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Adviesbureau Hageman, Polakweg 14, 2288 GG Rijswijk, The Netherlands
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Materials 2020, 13(2), 405; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13020405
Received: 8 November 2019 / Revised: 17 December 2019 / Accepted: 20 December 2019 / Published: 15 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advanced Structural Concrete Materials in Bridges)
Most of the bridges and viaducts in the Netherlands were built in the sixties and seventies of the last century, and an increasing number of them will have to be replaced due to technical or functional reasons. The Netherlands is not an exception, many industrialized countries will face a similar replacement task in the near future. With the increased traffic intensities and the importance of mobility, the design and construction strategies for new bridges have to be different from that in the past. New methods need to ensure that traffic hindrance due to construction works and (future) maintenance activities are minimized. At the Delft University of Technology, a SMART bridge concept is being developed for fast and hindrance-free infrastructural replacement. The optimal advantage is achieved by utilizing innovative but proven technologies, and by bringing academic research into practice. A combination of recent innovations in construction technology, such as advanced cementitious materials (ACM), structural health monitoring (SHM) techniques, advanced design methods (ADM), and accelerated bridge construction (ABC) is being used. These innovations represent a step towards the next generation of infrastructure where fast construction, intelligent bridge design, sustainability, zero-energy, no/low maintenance, and aesthetics are key features.
Keywords: hinder-free replacement; fast construction; low maintenance; ultra high-performance concrete (UHPC), accelerated bridge construction (ABC), advanced design hinder-free replacement; fast construction; low maintenance; ultra high-performance concrete (UHPC), accelerated bridge construction (ABC), advanced design
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Reitsema, A.D.; Luković, M.; Grünewald, S.; Hordijk, D.A. Future Infrastructural Replacement Through the Smart Bridge Concept. Materials 2020, 13, 405.

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