Inspections of the cable systems in suspension bridges in the New York metropolitan area have shown that there are many broken wires inside the cables and at the anchorage, showing brittle fracture and extensive deterioration. These findings can only be explained if the complex deterioration mechanism of the high-strength bridge wires is clearly understood. In this paper, the results of an extensive investigation on the characterization of the mechanical properties of low carbon, high-strength wires used in suspension bridge cables and on their rapid degradation due to aging and deterioration are presented. The effects of hydrogen embrittlement, corrosion pitting and service stress on the ultimate strain and strength of bridge wires are analyzed using results from an accelerated corrosion testing program, conducted at Columbia University, and from previous inspections on suspension bridges in the New York metropolitan area. The importance of effective nondestructive evaluation techniques is highlighted.

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    Technomic Publishing Company, Incorporated

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  • Authors:
    • Betti, Raimondo
    • SMYTH, A W
    • Testa, R B
    • Duby, P
    • West, A C
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  • Publication Date: 2000


  • English

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 405-410

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  • Accession Number: 00793154
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 1566769493
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 9 2000 12:00AM