Forced vibration analysis of two dimensional bridge deck structures involves complex mathematical procedures and therefore analysis is often based on beam idealization of equivalent plates. This simplification yields close agreement only for long span bridges where plate action is relatively insignificant. However, such a concept of beam idealization cannot be successfully utilized in the case of short span bridges where plate action is predominant and where the determination of the distribution of dynamic deflections and amplification factors at critical sections of such plates is of prime concern. The principal objective of the present investigation is the forced vibration analysis of longitudinally stiffened, simply supported orthotropic bridge decks utilizing a new concept of interconnected beam idealization. The theoretical analysis deals with determination of amplification factors and dynamic deflections along critical sections of the plate treated as a series of interconnected beams. The aspect ratios of the plates under investigation as series of interconnected beams are designed to cover a wide range of plate to beam transition. The theoretical analysis is supplemented by an extensive experimental program. In conclusion, it is seen that this concept of interconnected beam idealization not only takes into account the plate action of the deck structure but also reduces greatly the complexity of mathematical formulation. A good comparison between the theoretical and the experimental results indicates that this concept can be used to advantage for analysis and, within certain limitations, for design purposes. /Author/

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    National Research Council of Canada

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  • Authors:
    • Kulkarni, G G
    • Ng, S F
  • Publication Date: 1978-3

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  • Accession Number: 00179719
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 12 1978 12:00AM