Performance of a Tied-Arch Reinforced Concrete Railway Bridge: Rating, Safety Assessment, and Bond Length Evaluation

This study presents investigations regarding visual inspection, dynamic testing, and finite-element (FE) modeling of an approximately 80-year old reinforced concrete tied-arch railway bridge still in service in Turkey. Investigations were conducted as part of a systematic periodic inspection along Ankara-Zonguldak railway line. The bridge is subject to heavy freight trains with increasing axle loads. Field tests such as material and dynamic tests were used to calibrate the FE model of the bridge. Detailed information regarding testing and model updating procedure is given. Based on test results, the computer model was refined. The calibrated model of the bridge structure was then used for structural assessment and evaluation. Despite sufficient overall safety, local details were found to be problematic. Due to insufficient bond length in hanger-to-arch connection, a strengthening scheme using steel channel sections was proposed.

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    • Abstract reprinted with permission from ASCE
  • Authors:
    • Uzgider, Erdogan
    • Aydogan, Metin
    • Caglayan, Ozden
    • Ozakgul, Kadir
    • Tezer, Ovunc
  • Publication Date: 2009-9


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  • Accession Number: 01141930
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 9 2009 2:44PM