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RE: Heat-straightening of Structural Steel

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Heat straightening of damaged steel bridge member sis a very common
practice, and there are a few companies that specialize in it. FHWA recently
(six months ago) also published an extensive report on heat-straightening,
and have been conducting workshops on the practice. Dick Avent at Louisiana
State University put together the report. The two people I know personally
who do this work, Jeff Post and Jerry Hill, have both retired, but I'm sure
they can give you references to current contractors. If you contact me
privately, I'll get their phone numbers for you. For email contacts:

Jeff Post at JPost27980(--nospam--at)
Dick Avent at ceaven(--nospam--at)

Bob Shaw
Steel Structures Technology Center, Inc.

-----Original Message-----
From: John Riley [mailto:jpriley485(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Saturday, March 18, 2000 8:15 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Heat-straightening of Structural Steel

An insurance company has hired me to investigate repair to an impact-damaged
bridge; concrete deck on four steel plate girders (48"?).  Bottom flanges of
two girders were displaced laterally, maybe 3 inches, and locally buckled.
The girder top flange and the concrete deck appear unaffected.

My thought is that the girders could be (a) realigned using a combination of
force (applied to bottom flange) and heat (applied to flange and web) and
(b) "cut and paste" at the localized buckling.  Of course the owner wants a
new bridge.

So, I'd like to find relevant information on this type of repair.

Thank you,

John P. Riley, SE
Riley Engineering
Blue Grass, Iowa