Renovation techniques for fatigue cracked orthotropic steel bridge decks

Renovation techniques for orthotropic steel bridge decks are needed to solve fatigue problems in the decks of these bridges, as several fatigue cracks have been detected in the deck structure of these bridges the last decade. A well known example of fatigue cracks are those observed in the deck plate of the Van Brienenoord bascule bridge in 1997, at that time a7 year old bridge. The renovation techniques are part of a proposed maintenance philosophy for steel bridge decks. Life time calculations, inspections and renovation techniques are the three essential parts of this philosophy. A reliable lifetime calculation model for fatigue damage in the deck plate is developed, including the influence of the asphalt surfacing. Accurate calculation results are obtained, both for movable and fixed bridges. Inspection programs can be based on the lifetime calculations results. Several innovative inspection techniques are investigated. For fixed bridges the replacement of the asphalt surfacing with a reinforced high performance concrete surfacing is an effective renovation method. For movable bridge decks three solutions that extend the lifetime of the orthotropic deck structure are investigated.

Publications

Jong, F.B.P. de (2006).
Renovation techniques for fatigue cracked orthotropic steel bridge decks, PhD thesis, Delft University of Technology

Jong, F.B.P. de, Kolstein, M.H. (2004).
Strengthening a bridge deck with high performance concrete, In: Proceedings Orthotropic Bridge Conference, Sacramento, USA

Jong, F.B.P. de, Kolstein, M.H., Bijlaard, F.S.K. (2004).
Research project TU Delft – Behaviour conventional bridge decks & development of renovation techniques, In: Proceedings Orthotropic Bridge Conference, Sacramento, USA

Jong, F.B.P. de, Kolstein, M.H., Bijlaard, F.S.K. (2004).
Strain measurement tests at orthotropic steel bridge decks with a heavy vehicle simulator-stresses due to real moving wheel loads in deck plate, trough wall and surfacing, In: Proceedings 10th Nordic Steel Construction Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark

Jong, F.B.P. de, Kolstein, M.H., Bijlaard, F.S.K. (2002).
Development of long term renovation techniques for bridge decks with fatigue cracks, In: Proceedings 3rd International Conference on Steel Structures, Coimbra, Portugal

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