Recent Advances in the Governing Form of Traffic for Bridge Loading

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Title: Recent Advances in the Governing Form of Traffic for Bridge Loading
Authors: Caprani, Colin C.
O'Brien, Eugene J.
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Date: 2010
Abstract: The assessment of site-specific bridge traffic loading using WIM data is a critical feature of minimizing the cost of rehabilitation and replacement for bridge stock. For short- to medium-span bridges, it is often assumed that free-flowing traffic, including the dynamic interaction between the vehicles and bridge, governs the extreme load effect. In this paper, some recent advances in statistical techniques applied to bridge load effect extrapolation are presented. A critical review of these new approaches is made and it is shown that extrapolation results are now considerably more reliable and repeatable. It is also shown that there is doubt over the governing form of traffic. Therefore, the authors present some initial results of congested-traffic models in comparison to a free-flowing model. For a range of bridge lengths and load effects, the authors determine the dynamic ratio that would be required for free-flowing traffic to govern. The implications of these recent advances and various findings are discussed with reference to the future direction of research into bridge traffic loading
Type of material: Conference Publication
Publisher: ENEA
Copyright (published version): 2010
Keywords: Traffic loadsBridge loads
Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Is part of: P. Clemente & A. DeStefano, Eds. WIM (Weigh In Motion), Load Capacity and Bridge Performance
Conference Details: International workshop "Civil Structural Health Monitoring 2", WIM (Weigh In Motion), Load capacity and bridge performance In the Context of Risk Assessment, Maintenance and Life Cost Based Design, September 28 - October 1, 2008 - Taormina - Sicily (Italy)
ISBN: 978-88-8286-220-6
Appears in Collections:Civil Engineering Research Collection

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