Punching Capacity of Prestressed Concrete Bridge Decks Under Fatigue

Eva Lantsoght, Cor van der Veen, Rutger Koekkoek, Henk Sliedrecht

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Previous research showed that the capacity of existing slab-between-girder bridges is larger than expected based on the punching shear capacity prescribed by the governing codes, as a result of compressive membrane action. A first series of fatigue tests confirmed that compressive membrane action also acts under cycles of loading. However, a single experiment in which first a number of cycles with a higher load level and then with a lower load level were applied, seemed to indicate that this loading sequence shortens the fatigue life. This topic was further investigated in a second series of fatigue tests with three static tests and ten fatigue tests. The parameters that were varied are the sequence of loading and the effect of a single or a double wheel print. The results show that the sequence of load levels does not influence the fatigue life.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-218
Number of pages10
JournalACI Structural Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Bibliographical note

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  • Bridge evaluation
  • Compressive membrane action
  • Concrete bridges
  • Fatigue
  • Fatigue testing
  • Laboratory testing
  • Prestressed concrete
  • Punching shear


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