Date of Award
Master of Science (M.S.) in Civil & Environmental Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Trucks -- Automatic control -- Research, Bridges -- Live loads -- Oregon, Trucking -- Law and legislation -- Oregon
Truck Platooning (TP) involves managing multiple trucks closely together to reduce aerodynamic drag. While TP offers benefits such as fuel savings, emission reductions, and enhanced safety, it raises concerns for existing infrastructure. This study reviews literature on TP and conducts bridge analyses comparing representative truck platoon configurations allowed under Oregon law with current truck loadings. It also explores the effects of truck head spacing and bridge span lengths, utilizing the research results to calculate rating factors using real-world case studies. The objective is to identify truck platoon configurations that may exceed acceptable load levels for Oregon bridges. The findings will contribute to policy recommendations, regulatory decisions, and updates to bridge load rating procedures in Oregon.
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Oleson, Patricia, "Load Effects of Truck Platooning on Existing Bridges in Oregon" (2023). Civil and Environmental Engineering Master's Project Reports. 63.