Time-Dependent Behavior of Concrete-Filled Steel Tubular Arch Bridge

This paper develops a simplified method using a summation procedure and a related computer program to calculate the time-dependent behavior of a concrete filled steel tubular (CFST) arch bridge based on the geometric compatibility principle, a step-by-step time incremental process, and self-equilibrium equations. An experimental test on a scaled (1:5) segmental model of the main arch ribs of the Maocaojie Bridge was used to confirm the effectiveness of the proposed calculation method for evaluating the long-term behavior of CFST arch bridge under sustained load. It is concluded that: (1) the numerical results were in good agreement with the experimental results, demonstrating that the proposed analytical model is capable of predicting long-term effects for CFST arch bridges; (2) the stresses in the steel tubes increased, and the compressive stresses in the concrete decreased due to the effects of concrete creep and shrinkage. The maximum relaxation of the compressive stress in concrete due to concrete creep was 52.7% of the initial concrete stress, and the maximum increase of stress in the steel tubes was 27.3%; and (3) more than 90% of the total creep of the concrete took place in the first year. Subsequent creep of the concrete was limited because of the lack of water exchange between the structure and atmosphere and the reduction of compressive stress in the concrete.

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    • Shao, Xudong
    • Peng, Jianxin
    • Li, Lifeng
    • Yan, Banfu
    • Hu, Jianhua
  • Publication Date: 2010


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  • Accession Number: 01148504
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 20 2010 4:05PM