College of Engineering (COE)

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-03 16:53:57


Civil Engineering - Cooperative Education

Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2020


The main objective of this research paper is to determine the current applications of ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC). A second objective is to determine the reason UHPC is used in various applications. More than 17 bridges in the United States have been built with UHPC components. A handful of state departments of transportation have deployed UHPC components within their infrastructure, and many more are actively doing research and considering the use of UHPC. So, this is a relatively new material that is becoming more widely used. The following seven projects, which include UHPC components are discussed in detail: Mars Hill Bridge, Route 624 over Cat Point, Jakway Park Bridge, State Route 31 over Canandaigua Outlet, State Route 23 over Otego Creek, Little Cedar Creek Bridge, U.S. Route 30 over Burnt River.

The enhanced durability properties facilitate a lengthening of design life and allow for UHPC to be used as a thin overlay for bridge decks. The enhanced strength of UHPC allows for redesign of concrete beams. The enhanced strength and development length reduction allow for UHPC to be used to connect precast concrete elements together. Another objective of this research paper is to determine potential future applications of UHPC. Research has been done to determine the suitability of UHPC being used for drill bits, sewer pipes, precast spun concrete columns, piles and precast tunnel segments.

Research Sponsor

David Roke

First Reader

Anil Patnaik

Second Reader

Qindan Huang

Honors Faculty Advisor

Ping Yi

Plevny_Final_Signature_Page.pdf (336 kB)
Final Signature Page



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