Numerical simulation of fatigue behavior for cable-stayed orthotropic steel deck bridges using mixed-dimensional coupling method

Effective methods and technologies in fatigue behavior and assessment for cable-stayed orthotropic steel deck bridges are critical to ensure their safety and serviceability. In this study, a mixed-dimensional finite element coupling method is used for structural fatigue assessment. A general framework of the Mix-dimensional Coupling (MDC) method is constructed on the basis of a compromise between simplicity and efficiency as compared to conventional sub-modeling or substructure method. Fatigue details and performance at welded joints have been investigated through the MDC method. Efficiency of the MDC method is demonstrated by a comparison with the simplified Bridge-deck-system (BDS) method. Besides the benefits of the saving time, the numerical simulation also indicated that the MDC method can effectively capture the global behavior for better fatigue prediction, that be ignored in the conventional BDS method as expected. Findings suggest that the MDC method is a cost-effective alternative for fatigue behavior and fatigue assessment of large-span orthotropic steel deck bridges.

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  • Accession Number: 01646598
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 25 2017 2:10PM