Under the provisions of TEA-21, research is ongoing at Oklahoma State
University (OSU) to develop and implement a bridge deck heating system
that will eliminate preferential icing on the nation's bridges and
revolutionize bridge winter maintenance in the 21st Century.
This new technology makes use of a ground source heat pump system
which recovers energy stored in the earth and uses it to heat fluid
that is circulated through the bridge deck.
The concept for the geothermal smart bridge deck heating system
came about approximately five years ago, with the idea that two areas
of special technical expertise available at OSU might be combined
to improve safety and increase bridge deck life. These two areas
are: the ground source heat pump technology and the Oklahoma
Mesonet weather network. In addition the smart bridge
project takes advantage of OSU expertise in heat transfer, systems
simulation, computer software development, corrosion control, concrete
structures, and intelligent transportation systems.
We invite you to visit the links on this page for more detailed information
about the Smart Bridge. If you cannot find what you're looking for,
please don't hesitate to contact
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