Date of Award

Spring 2013

Project Type


Program or Major

Civil Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science

First Advisor

Charles H Goodspeed


Many bridges in the nation are listed as structurally deficient. This calls for new and innovative ways to repair these bridges that cause as little impediment to traffic flow as possible. A modular deck replacement system using full-depth precast prestressed concrete panels has been tried and proven in the field as a time efficient and cost effective deck replacement option.

The goal of this research project was to improve upon this modular system of deck replacement by investigating the viability of using finite element analysis software to aid in the construction process. The purpose of using a finite element model is to predetermine the necessary leveling device settings for individual deck slabs as to produce a constant grade top-of-slab elevation profile under full dead load. It was found that the proposed use of finite element analysis software does provide an adequate means for the determination of leveling device settings.