Conformable Tire Patch Loading for FRP Composite Bridge Deck

Fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites are increasingly being used in bridge deck applications. However, there are currently only fledgling standards to design and characterize FRP deck systems. One area that should be addressed is the loading method for the FRP deck. It has been observed that the type of loading patch greatly influences the failure mode of a cellular FRP deck. The contact pressure distribution of a real truck loading is nonuniform with more concentration near the center of the contact area as a result of the conformable contact mechanics. Conversely, the conventional rectangular steel patch on an FRP deck acts like a rigid flat punch and produces stress concentration near the edges. A proposed simulated tire patch has been examined for loading a cellular FRP deck with the load distribution characterized by a pressure sensitive film sensor and 3-D contact analysis using ANSYS. A loading profile is proposed as a design tool for analyzing FRP deck systems for strength and durability. Local top surface strains and displacements of the cellular FRP deck are found to be higher with proposed loading profile compared to those for the conventional uniformly distributed loading. Parametric studies on the deck geometry show that the global displacement criterion used for characterizing bridge deck is inadequate for a cellular FRP deck and that the local effects must be considered.

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    • Abstract reprinted with permission from ASCE
  • Authors:
    • Majumdar, Prasun K
    • Lesko, John J
    • Cousins, Thomas E
    • Liu, Zihong
  • Publication Date: 2009-11


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  • Accession Number: 01148061
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 31 2009 1:19PM