A large, two-span 3/10 scale model of a posttensioned slab bridge is constructed in a laboratory. The moderately thick slab rests directly on columns without bent caps. Dimensions of the slab are 16.9-by-5.33-by-0.299 m. In addition to uniformly distributed longitudinal posttensioning, a band of tendons is placed in a narrow region directly above the supporting columns. A large array of strain gages, linear variable differential transformers, and load cells serve to gather data. Response of the structure is monitored for dead, live, and prestressing loads. Both short- and long-term effects of these loads are of interest. Special attention is given to the distribution of strain in the slab because of transverse prestressing. American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials lane loads are applied statically. Shear lag at the edges of the banded region is considered. Complementary finite element analyses of the slab responses to loadings are also presented.


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  • Accession Number: 00789047
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Contract Numbers: CMS-9640570, CMS-9540657, CMS-9401211
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 28 2000 12:00AM