In North America and Europe, there is a significant number of centenary metallic bridges that require maintenance and strengthening operations. These structures need to be adapted to increasing traffic intensities, and their structural integrity should be constantly evaluated. Fatigue damages were not considered in the original design of old metallic bridges, and riveted connections are one of the most frequent sources of fatigue damages on these structures. This paper intends to be a contribution for the reliable assessment of the fatigue behavior of riveted connections by proposing S-N curves for these structural details. Experimental fatigue data is analyzed from multiple bridges across Europe, and different statistical methods were implemented. A normal distribution function was implemented following the ISO 12107 standard, and the results were compared with the implementation of the two-parameter Weibull distribution function. Different estimation methodologies were implemented to determine the parameters of the Weibull distribution. S-N curves obtained by the statistical analysis were then compared with design recommendations from North American and European standards.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems, Part A: Civil Engineering|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
- Riveted connections
- Statistical analysis