Limit state design principles can be rationally applied to bridges, provided that the appropriate limit states are considered. The limit state of incremental collapse provides a rational basis for accommodating the effect of repeated maximum loads. A simple method of assessing the incremental collapse limit is given, based upon collapse mechanisms and a correct envelope of elastic response of the structure to all load cases. A maximum working stress criterion becomes superfluous in the limit state context, but a correct and detailed elastic analysis is necessary. Potential cost savings exist in the design of new bridges and in the evaluation of existing bridges considered to be substandard. /TRRL/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was presented at the Metal Structures Conference, Adelaide, Australia.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Institution of Engineers

    11 National Circuit
    Barton, A.C.T.,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Grundy, P
  • Publication Date: 1976


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00164166
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jun 28 1978 12:00AM