This experimental investigation was conducted to verify a prior theoretical study. The objectives of the study were a) to construct and instrument a 15 ft.-15 ft. (4.6 m-4.6 m) two-span, continuous, composite, laboratory structure; b) to subject the structure to thermal loading; and c) to correlate the experimental temperature distributions, strain distributions, and deflections with those obtained from the theoretical study. It was concluded that the theoretical procedure provides a rational method for predicting the thermal behavior of composite-girder bridge structures and can be applied with reasonable confidence when used with relistic temperature profiles, material properties, and substructure stiffness characteristics. /Author/

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    • This report was sponsored by the Missouri State Highway Department and prepared in cooperation with DOT, Federal Highway Administration.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Missouri, Rolla

    Department of Civil Engineering, 1870 Miner Circle
    Rolla, MO  United States  65409
  • Authors:
    • Emanuel, J H
    • Wisch, D J
  • Publication Date: 1977-8

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 146 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00172438
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-RD-78-S0676 Final Rpt., FCP 40S1572
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 26 1978 12:00AM