Monthly Technical Presentation and Dinner Meeting, November 12th, 2015: Heat Straightening of Riveted Built-up Steel Bridge Girders

Monthly Technical Presentation and Dinner Meeting

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Topic: 
Heat-Straightening of Riveted Built-up Steel Bridge Girders - 1.0 PDH

Location:    
Valley Forge Casino Resort (formerly Radisson)
1160 First Avenue, King of Prussia, PA 19406


Meeting Area Location:  Laurel Ballroom on the casino side of the resort (use casino entrance for easiest access to ballroom).

Cost**: 
members $45; non-members $50; students $15

Description:

Heat-straightening a steel bridge girder is an economical and relatively quick way to repair impact damage.  However, built-up I-girders can pose problems in successfully bringing the girder back to its original shape.  This presentation presents a successful heat-straightening repair of a riveted built up I-girder with two coverplates. Repair calculations, restraining force estimation, and steel repairs for this project as well as recommendations for other similar repairs will be discussed. 


Presenter:

Michael Urban, PE

Mr. Urban is a Structural Engineer for Gannett Fleming in Valley Forge, PA. Mr. Urban earned a dual Bachelor’s degree in Architectural and Civil Engineering from Drexel University and a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University.  Mr. Urban has conducted extensive research on the evaluation, heat-straightening repair, and testing of severely damaged steel girders through the NCHRP project titled “Heat-Straightening Repair of Damaged Steel Bridge Girders: Fatigue and Fracture Performance”.  He has several published papers on various heat-straightening topics.  His heat-straightening experience also includes developing and reviewing specifications and procedures for state agencies and contractors.

Meeting schedule:
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm  Social and Registration
6:30 pm - 7:15 pm  Dinner (chicken/fish/vegetarian) - please note preference in response 
7:15 pm - 8:30 pm  Program

To register (REQUIRED):
Register Here, or you may email James Deeney <JDeeney@gfnet.com> or call
(610) 650-8101 by the Friday before the meeting (11/6/2015).  

Mail check payable to SEI-Phila Chapter (or bring it to the meeting) to:
SEI Treasurer Mr. Joe Fazio c/o HNTB
1650 Arch Street, Suite 1700
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Note:

**Payment must be made for the cost of dinner if you make a reservation but are not able to attend, since we must pay this cost to the caterer.**