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Structures Research Center

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  • Welcome

  • The Marcus H. Ansley Structures Research Center, located at Innovation Park in Tallahassee, Florida is a structural research and testing facility for the Florida Department of Transportation. The primary mission of the Structures Research Center is to provide research, testing, and evaluations of innovative structural components and bridge systems along with testing existing inventory to provide for safe, reliable, and cost efficient structures across the State's highway system.
  • Our vision is to provide the Department the highest quality technical expertise in the field of structural research and structural testing.
  • News

  • Proof Test for Lightweight Aluminum Bridge Deck
    Posted: March 11, 2016
    A concept for an aluminum bridge deck panel for use on moveable bridges was developed by the Florida Department of Transportation in consultation with AlumaBridge, SAPA and Hardesty & Hanover, LLC. The new deck system has the potential to replace 5” deep steel open grid deck systems and provide a better, quieter riding surface and lower maintenance costs. Prior to in-service use, the structural capacity and design is being verified by the Structures Research Center.

  • Pendulum Impact on a Commuter Bus
    Posted: July 23, 2012
    FDOT Research Project BDV30 943-05, Crashworthiness and Impact Analysis Laboratory. This was a pendulum impact study on a paratransit bus, conducted on 7/10/12. A 4,000 lb impact block was dropped reaching a speed of 30 mph before impact.