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Safety Assessment of a Masonry Arch Bridge: Field Testing and Simulations

Kishen, Chandra JM and Ramaswamy, Ananth and Manohar, CS (2013) Safety Assessment of a Masonry Arch Bridge: Field Testing and Simulations. In: JOURNAL OF BRIDGE ENGINEERING, 18 (2). pp. 162-171.

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The safety of an in-service brick arch railway bridge is assessed through field testing and finite-element analysis. Different loading test train configurations have been used in the field testing. The response of the bridge in terms of displacements, strains, and accelerations is measured under the ambient and design train traffic loading conditions. Nonlinear fracture mechanics-based finite-element analyses are performed to assess the margin of safety. A parametric study is done to study the effects of tensile strength on the progress of cracking in the arch. Furthermore, a stability analysis to assess collapse of the arch caused by lateral movement at the springing of one of the abutments that is elastically supported is carried out. The margin of safety with respect to cracking and stability failure is computed. Conclusions are drawn with some remarks on the state of the bridge within the framework of the information available and inferred information. DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)BE.1943-5592.0000338. (C) 2013 American Society of Civil Engineers.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to the ASCE-AMER SOC CIVIL ENGINEERS, USA.
Keywords: Arch bridge; Brick masonry; Cracking; Field tests; Nonlinear analysis; Fracture; Fatigue
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Civil Engineering
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2013 06:30
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2013 06:30
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/46440

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