A stress and loading history study of two bridge sites, Knoxville and Harriman, was conducted by the University of Tennessee over a three year period. A data collection system developed on an earlier investigation, was used to obtain the stress history data. Problems in data acquisition precluded data collection at the Harriman bridge site, therefore all results are for the Knoxville bridges. Load history data was obtained at a weigh station approximately ten miles from the Knoxville bridge site. The Knoxville bridges were selected on the basis of high truck traffic volumes present. The data obtained was used in a proposed design procedure based on fatigue of the main bridge girders. The lives of the bridges were predicted using Miner's hypothesis, the root-mean-square method and the root-mean-cube method. Each method verified that fatigue was not a problem at the Knoxville bridge site even if traffic volumes or weights are increased within certain limits. The correlation of truck weight to summation of girder stresses appears to be high. Controlled load tests were performed and these results are reported in detail.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Tennessee, Knoxville

    Department of Civil Engineering
    Knoxville, TN  United States  37996-2010

    Tennessee Department of Transportation

    Office of Research and Planning
    Nashville, TN  United States  37219

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Goodpasture, D W
  • Publication Date: 1976-6-30

Media Info

  • Pagination: 75 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00151239
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA/RD-77-S0565 Final Rpt., FCP 45F2242
  • Contract Numbers: HP&R 931
  • Created Date: Apr 13 1977 12:00AM