Full-size field test of prestressed concrete T-beam bridge

Sebastiaan Ensink, Cor van der Veen, Dick Hordijk, Eva Lantsoght, Herbert van der Ham, A. de Boer

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In the Netherlands, approximately 150 prestressed T-beam bridges with cast-in-between decks and mainly built in the sixties are still in service. Upon assessment, the prestressed beams often do not fulfil the design codes requirements, whereas upon inspection, they show no signs of distress. For the assessment, additional load transfer mechanisms, which could significantly enhance their structural capacity, such as compressive membrane action and transverse redistribution, are not considered. The presented research aims at quantifying these effects. Therefore, an existing simply supported multi-span T-beam bridge was tested. In total seven experiments were carried out using a single point load placed on the T-beam. Three experiments were carried out with the original structural system unchanged. In four experiments, the castin- between deck was sawn in longitudinal direction, so that the individual behaviour of the beams could be tested. In both cases two load positions, i.e. a distance of 2.25 m and 4.00 m from the support were used. By analysing both the single beam and the connected beam tests a better understanding of the load carrying capacity of this type of bridge is achieved.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStructural Faults & Repair 2018 and European Bridge Conference 2018
Subtitle of host publication15 -17 May 2018, Edinburgh, UK
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventStructural Faults and Repair 2018 and European Bridge Conference 2018 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 15 May 201817 May 2018


ConferenceStructural Faults and Repair 2018 and European Bridge Conference 2018
Abbreviated titleSFR Euro Bridge 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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