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Performance testing of road bridge deck containing flat rail wagons

Jamtsho, Lungten & Dhanasekar, Manicka (2013) Performance testing of road bridge deck containing flat rail wagons. Journal of Bridge Engineering, 18(4), pp. 308-317.

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Abstract

A road bridge containing disused flatbed rail wagons as the primary deck superstructure was performance tested in a low volume, high axle load traffic road in Queensland, Australia; some key results are presented in this paper. A fully laden truck of total weight 28.88 % of the serviceability design load prescribed in the Australian bridge code was used; its wheel positions were accurately captured using a high speed camera and synchronised with the real‐time deflections and strains measured at the critical members of the flat rail wagons. The strains remained well below the yield and narrated the existence of composite action between the reinforced concrete slab pavement and the wagon deck. A three dimensional grillage model was developed and calibrated using the test data, which established the structural adequacy of the rail wagons and the positive contribution of the reinforced concrete slab pavement to resist high axle traffic loads on a single lane bridge in the low volume roads network.

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ID Code: 48366
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Performance Testing, Composite Actions, Serviceability Limit States
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)BE.1943-5592.0000357
ISSN: 1943-5592 (online) 1084-0702 (print)
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Structural Engineering (090506)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Deposited On: 01 Feb 2012 09:17
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2013 22:28

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