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Testing and Strengthening Bridge Connections
TREC Project Briefs
  • Christopher Higgins, Oregon State University
  • Peter Dusicka, Portland State University
  • Michael Scott, Oregon State University
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  • Gusset plates -- Testing,
  • Bolted joints -- Testing,
  • Bridges -- Design and construction

Researchers evaluate and improve the strength of gusset plate connections, essential pieces in bridge design that can fail due to buckling.


This is a summary of TREC research project 2010-361, 2011-420, which can be found online at

The final report associated with this project can be found at

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Higgins, Christopher, Peter Dusicka, and Michael Scott. Testing and Strengthening Bridge Connections. 2010-361, 2011-420. Portland, OR: Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC), 2014.