When Failure is Success Bridge Test Preparation Underway

Engineers and technicians are busy setting up the next big test in FPL’s Engineering Mechanics and Remote Sensing Laboratory.

After decades of use, the floor systems of historic covered bridges need to be replaced, offering an opportunity for upgrade. As part of the National Historic Covered Bridge Preservation Program, researchers are constructing four different deck sections to develop lightweight and economical replacement options. Eventually these deck sections will be taken to failure (or “broken” if you don’t speak engineer) to measure their ultimate load capacity.

This project is being conducted in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration and the University of Minnesota – Duluth.