Composite Repair of Full-Scale Timber Bridge Chord Members Through the Process of Shear Spiking

Investigations into the effects of the addition of vertically-oriented shear spikes with fiberglass reinforced polymer rods have shown that the shear spikes increased the effective stiffness of the stringers of a full-scale timber bridge chord specimen. This was previously found to be true on dimension lumber and medium-sized timber. This report presents the results found from the flexural load testing of a full-scale timber bridge chord laboratory specimen. The bridge chord specimen was intentionally damaged to simulate degradation. Reinforcement was provided with 19 mm (3/4-in.) diameter fiberglass reinforced polymer shear spikes bonded to the wood by an epoxy resin. Shear spikes were installed in pairs vertically from the top of the member into pre-drilled holes to provide horizontal shear resistance and to improve the flexural effective stiffness. Results from the testing showed that with the insertion of five sets of shear spikes an average effective stiffness of 91.6% was recovered in the four stringers of the chord.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 98p

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  • Accession Number: 01030697
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MPC Report No. 05-173
  • Files: UTC, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 10 2006 10:44AM