Structural supports for signs, luminaires, and traffic signals and other steel highway structures are generally galvanized to prevent corrosion and provide a long service life. However, recent investigations have revealed incidents of cracking in weldments of galvanized structures that appear to be induced during the galvanizing process.
The TRB National Cooperative Highway Research Program's NCHRP Research Report 965: Mitigation of Weldment Cracking in Steel Highway Structures Due to the Galvanizing Process proposes improved design, materials, and construction specifications of galvanized steel highway structures to mitigate weldment cracking caused by the galvanizing process.
Supplemental materials to the report are appendices that provide details of the work performed in the project.
Table of Contents
|Chapter 1 - Introduction and Research Scope||4-5|
|Chapter 2 - Background and Literature Review||6-9|
|Chapter 3 - Factors Contributing to Weldment Cracking Due to the Galvanizing Process||10-15|
|Chapter 4 - Experimental Test Program||16-53|
|Chapter 5 - Computational Simulations High Mast Illumination Poles||54-64|
|Chapter 6 - Summary and Recommendations for Research||65-69|
|Attachment - Proposed Specification Changes||74-84|
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