Influence of Haunches on Performance of Precast-Concrete, Short-Span, Skewed Bridges with Integral Abutment Walls

Precast-concrete, skewed bridges with integral abutment walls are, typically, designed as simplified plane rigid portal frames, neglecting the degrading effects of the skew angle, the influence of haunches between the abutment walls and the deck, and laterally unsymmetrical vertical loading. This practice produces underdesigned bridges for certain aspect ratios. It is well known that the higher shear and torsional moments near the obtuse corners cause cracking and local deterioration. To evaluate the limitations of this practice, an experimental and analytical study was carried out for the live load response at the linear service level. It has been observed that for certain bridge configurations, both the positive and negative moment stresses are higher than the stresses given by plane frame analysis. The presented qualitative results enable comparison of performance characteristics.

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    • Zoghi, Manoochehr
    • Farhey, Daniel N
    • Gawandi, Anis
  • Publication Date: 2008


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  • Accession Number: 01099738
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 6 2008 3:19PM