This report examines the fatigue strength of civil engineering structures, both of steel and of reinforced concrete. Examples of such structures are bridges, roads and airfields, railway sleepers, crane rails and overhead crane tracks, transport installations, machine foundations, marine constructions, wind power plants. The intention is to give a review in this field of both existing knowledge and the areas where further knowledge is needed. Up to now existing theories concerning fatigue have been primarily applied to simple bodies. There is no complete theory available at present concerning the fatigue process in composite structures. This applies to both steel and reinforced concrete structures. Design is therefore carried out at present by application of empirical relationships based on tests. The report examines in depth, for different materials and in conjunction with material processing, the different stress and loading conditions as well as the strength and the effect of fatigue. The report contains diagrams and illustrations. It is proposed that future research should concentrate on full-scale tests on structures and structural elements under the action of loads and external conditions. /TRRL/

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    National Swedish Institute for Building Research

    Box 785
    S-80129 Gavle,   Sweden 
  • Authors:
    • Gylltoft, K
    • Elfgren, L
  • Publication Date: 1977


  • Swedish

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  • Accession Number: 00184377
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Report 68 Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 13 1979 12:00AM