Strengthening effects evaluation on fatigue damage of rib to deck joint in orthotropic steel deck

Haohui Xin, Jielin Liu, Jose A.F. Correia, Filippo Berto, Milan Veljkovic, Fei Yang*

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Strengthening fatigue damage of orthotropic steel decks (OSDs) needs to comprehensively consider the strengthening effect and the dead weight introduced during the strengthening process, especially for OSDs in super large-span bridges or old renovated bridges, where the dead weight cannot be significantly increased during repair and maintenance. This paper proposed a new CFRP prestressed reinforcement method, that does not significantly increase dead weight while effectively inhibiting fatigue crack growth. The strengthening effects of various strengthening methods on the fatigue crack propagation of rib to deck joint in OSDs were compared. Besides, the strengthening effects of different crack sizes were also analyzed. The results showed that the proposed method is effective in reducing fatigue damage at the rib to deck joint in OSDs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number107041
Number of pages16
JournalEngineering Failure Analysis
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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Green Open Access added to TU Delft Institutional Repository ‘You share, we take care!’ – Taverne project Otherwise as indicated in the copyright section: the publisher is the copyright holder of this work and the author uses the Dutch legislation to make this work public.


  • Extended finite element method
  • Orthotropic steel decks (OSDs)
  • Prestressed strengthening method
  • Rib to deck joint


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