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Paul Barr, P.E.

Paul Barr, P.E.

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Department Head

Contact Information

Office Location: EL 262
Phone: 797-8249
Email: paul.barr@usu.edu

Educational Background:

Ph.D.  in Civil Engineering, University of Washington, December, 2000
M.S.   in Civil Engineering, University of Washington, January, 1998
B.S.    in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Utah State University, June, 1995

Emphasis

Structural Engineering

Expertise

P.E., Civil Engineer, Utah No. 276287-2202, 2012-present

Biography

Paul Barr is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is also the Director of the Utah Transportation Center. His research interests have focused on nondestructive evaluation of bridges due to earthquake loads, live loads, changes in temperature, and pre-stress losses. Recent projects have included live-load testing of a bridge in California, Minnesota and Utah. Other research projects include forensic testing of pre-stressed concrete bridge girders as well as steel girders. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Utah.

 

Flexure Testing of ABC Deck Panel Bridge

Flexure Testing of ABC Deck Panel Bridge

This research was an investigation to quantify the behavior of a precast deck system.  As part of this investigation, a live‑load test was performed on a steel I-girder bridge made with Accelerated Bridge Construction (ABC) precast deck panels. When the bridge was decommissioned, a two girder specimen was salvaged and transported to Utah State University (USU) for shear capacity testing.

Effectiveness of Carbon Fiber Retrofit Techniques

Effectiveness of Carbon Fiber Retrofit Techniques

Sixteen shear capacity tests were performed on eight decommissioned AASHTO prestressed concrete girders that had been in service for over forty-two years. There were two main objectives of this research. The first objective was to quantify the ultimate shear capacity of the in-service girders and the second objective was to investigate the effectiveness of various carbon fiber retrofit schemes.

 

Live-Load Testing of the Kettle River Bridge in Minnesota

Live-Load Testing of the Kettle River Bridge in Minnesota

The Kettle River Bridge is an arched, steel cantilevered deck, Pratt Truss Bridge.  It was instrumented with 151 strain gauges on various beam, stringer and truss members.  

USU Students Use SMASH Lab to Find Solution for Aging Bridges