AN INTERIM REPORT ON STUDIES OF STRESS HISTORIES IN HIGHWAY BRIDGES: VOLUME I AND VOLUME II (APPENDIX)

Increased volumes of truck traffic, pressure for increased axle and gross weight limits, and the use of new materials and structural details make the study of live-load stresses induced in bridges subjected to heavy truck traffic of increasing importance. The present study is directed to the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data on stresses at critical locations in bridges. It is focussed on the development of a probabilistic technique for forecasting the stress-range environment, and ultimately the mean fatigue life of the bridge. The scope, physical arrangements--including a description of the test bridges, instrumentation and field test procedures, selected results, and an outline of methods for interpretation are described. This interim report emphasizes the presentation of data for stress range histograms and outlines and problems associated with the fitting probability density functions to histograms for use in the prediction of mean fatigue life. The data presentation includes results from four field tests. Selected truck data have also been included. The study makes use of a comprehensive, computer based, data acquisition, analysis and interpretation system. /FHWA/

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    Engineering Experiment Station
    Urbana, IL  United States  61801
  • Authors:
    • Walker, W H
  • Publication Date: 1978-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: 347 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00182639
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-IL-UI-175 Intrm Rpt., FCP-45F2-192
  • Contract Numbers: 1 HR-301
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 3 1978 12:00AM