Bridge deck behaviour revisited

Since its publication in 1976 up to the present day, Edmund Hambly’s book “Bridge Deck Behaviour” has remained a valuable resource for bridge engineers. During this period the processing power and storage capacity of computers has increased by a factor of over 1000 and analysis software has improved greatly in sophistication and ease of use. In spite of the increases in computing power, bridge deck analysis methods have not changed to the same extent, and grillage analysis remains the standard procedure for most structures. In this paper the advantages and disadvantages of using more complex analysis procedures are examined. The following topics are covered: 1. Alternatives to grillage analysis; 2. Comparison of design actions and deflections from alternative analysis methods; 3. Analysis of secondary effects; 4. Non-linear analysis; 5. Advanced analysis in the design office. Recommendations are presented that enable the advantages of advanced analysis techniques to be realised, whilst retaining the efficiency of grillage analysis. (a) For the covering entry of this conference, please see ITRD abstract no. E211602.


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  • Accession Number: 01011252
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 0855886986
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 19 2005 2:56PM