Transverse cracking of concrete bridge decks: State-of-the-art

Rambod Hadidi, M. Ala Saadeghvaziri

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This state-of-the-art paper presents the results of a comprehensive literature review of the cause of transverse deck cracking. It includes compilation of experimental and analytical research results as well as survey studies on the effects of different factors on concrete deck cracking. Consistent with the past work on the subject, causes of transverse deck cracking are classified under three categories, namely: (1) material and mix design, (2) construction practices and ambient condition factors, and (3) structural design factors. The literature review revealed that the first two items have been studied extensively over the past several decades, while literature is limited on the effect of structural design factors on deck cracking. This paper evaluates the existing work in depth and presents recommendations on mix design and construction procedures to reduce the potential for transverse deck cracking. Furthermore, areas for additional research are identified.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)503-510
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Bridge Engineering
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction


  • Bridge decks
  • Bridges, concrete
  • Cracking
  • Shrinkage
  • State-of-the-art reviews


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