Development of recommendations for proof load testing of reinforced concrete slab bridges

Eva Lantsoght, Cor van der Veen, Dick Hordijk, A. de Boer

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

9 Citations (Scopus)
15 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

As the bridge stock in the Netherlands and Europe is ageing, various methods to analyze existing bridges are being studied. Proof load testing of bridges is an option to experimentally demonstrate that a given bridge can carry the prescribed live loads. Based on extensive research on proof load testing of reinforced concrete slab bridges carried out in the Netherlands, recommendations for proof load testing of reinforced concrete slab bridges were developed. The recommendations for the preparation, execution, and post-processing of a proof load test are summarized in this paper. The novelty of the recommendations is that proof load testing for shear is studied, and that a proposal for stop criteria for shear and bending moment has been formulated. Further research on the shear behavior is necessary, after which the recommendations will be converted in guidelines for the industry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)202-210
JournalEngineering Structures
Volume152
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Assessment
  • Bridge maintenance
  • Bridge tests
  • Codes and guidelines
  • Concrete slabs
  • Field tests
  • Flexural strength
  • Load testing
  • Shear strength

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Development of recommendations for proof load testing of reinforced concrete slab bridges'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this