Bent Cap (CAP18) is a specialized beam-column program modified for use with AASHTO lane loading rules. It performs finite-element simulation of a linearly elastic beam-column subjected to fixed and movable loads. When Bent Cap is used for design, the following assumptions are built into the solution: (1) all supports are knife edged (pin connected), (2) no axial loads are present, (3) live loadings are varied in accordance with AASHTO rules, and (4) deck slab for slab and stringer construction is hinged over interior stringers. Enhancements are made to the existing FORTRAN code using a user-oriented method of analysis particularly suited to highway bridge bent caps. The original code runs on a minicomputer with alphanumeric terminals, while the enhanced version runs on a microcomputer with an improved user interface that includes panel-oriented input and extensive use of graphics. Low level assembly language routines are written to provide functions for manipulating screens, while calls to a commercial software package provide functions for graphical capabilities. The existing code is integrated with the new program as a subroutine, but no other modifications are made to facilitate avoidance of new error sources. Panel-oriented input eases the user's burden of creating and editing problems. Graphical representation of input data allows error checking before execution of the code. In addition to the conventional numerical presentation, output data from analysis are also displayed graphically. A menu structure controls access to various capabilities of the software package. FORTRAN 77 is used as the primary language for new code development.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Research study title: User-Oriented Analysis Packages for Bridges.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Texas Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System, 1600 E Lamar Boulevard
    Arlington, TX  United States  76011

    Texas Department of Transportation

    Transportation Planning Division, P.O. Box 5051
    Austin, TX  United States  78763

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Roschke, P N
    • Wang, B
    • Sun, M Y
  • Publication Date: 1989-9

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 50 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00620386
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/TX-88/1183-4, Res Rept 1183-4, TTI: 2-18-88/9-1183
  • Contract Numbers: Study 2-18-88/9-1183
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1992 12:00AM