During service period, the bridge structures will be affected by the environment and load, so the carrying capacity will decline. The purpose of this paper is to research on the bearing capacity of bridge structures with time.
Destructive test and non-linear finite element analysis are carried out by utilizing two pretensioning prestressed concrete hollow slabs in service for 20 years; using the structural test deflection value to simulate the stiffness degradation of the service bridge and the finite element calculation results verify the accuracy of the calculation.
The flexural rigidity of the main beam when the test beam is destructed is degraded to approximately 20 percent of that before the test, which agrees well with the result of finite element analysis and indicates that the method of deducing the flexural rigidity of the structure according to the measured deflection value can effectively simulate the rigidity degradation law of the bridge in service. The crack resistance property of the test beam degrades obviously and the ultimate bearing capacity of the bending resistance does not degrade obviously.
The research results truly reflect the destruction process, destructive form, bearing capacity and rigidity degradation law of the old beam of the concrete bridge in service for 20 years and can provide technical basis for optimization design of newly built bridges of the same type and maintenance and reinforcement design of existing old bridges.
Conflict of interest: the authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest regarding the publication of this article.
This study was supported by “the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities” (2572017AB01) and Transportation Science and Technology Project of Liaoning Province of China (201512 and 201513).
Wang, J., Zhang, G., Liu, J. and Jia, Y. (2018), "Research on destructive test of pretensioning prestressed concrete hollow slab in service", International Journal of Structural Integrity, Vol. 9 No. 4, pp. 429-441. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSI-07-2017-0043Download as .RIS
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