Evaluation and Repair of Bridge Truss Gusset Plates

Gusset plates used to connect members in large steel trusses are important elements in many existing bridge structures. As such, their capacities can influence bridge structural load ratings, especially when the effects of deterioration and/or damage have become significant. In order to provide accurate load ratings, avoid unnecessary repairs and, when necessary, design appropriate repairs, gusset plate conditions and characteristics must be properly incorporated in the responsible engineer’s evaluation. Since the cost of being “conservative” is far greater for existing structures than for new designs, engineers evaluating existing gusset plates must not rely too heavily on design-based methods when making final load rating and repair decisions. The purpose of this paper is to provide some practical guidance to the process of gusset plate evaluation so as to promote efficient use of limited bridge maintenance resources.


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  • Media Type: DVD
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: 11p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 89th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers DVD

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01151159
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 10-2183
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 25 2010 11:00AM