Behavior, Analysis, and Design of an Instrumented Link Slab Bridge

Presented in this paper are the results of a research project on the monitoring and assessment of the first link slab jointless bridge in the state of North Carolina. The structure was instrumented with a remote data acquisition system and monitored for over a year. In addition, a controlled load test was conducted in an effort to determine the demand on the link slab under known loads. A procedure for the limit-states design of a link slab system is also presented. Results indicate that while the crack size in the link slab exceeded the design level, the link slab fulfilled its function. Furthermore, the rotational demand from the large controlled loads as well as the traffic loads was similar in magnitude to the thermal induced rotations due to the difference in temperature between the top and bottom of the bridge.

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    • Kowalsky, Mervyn J
    • Wing, Kenneth M
  • Publication Date: 2005-5


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  • Accession Number: 01000106
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 5 2005 2:04PM