MATEC Web Conf.
Volume 165, 201812th International Fatigue Congress (FATIGUE 2018)
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Fatigue of Structures / Vibrations / in Service Fatigue Failures|
|Published online||25 May 2018|
Significance of Fatigue Damage from Overload Trucks on Bridge Load Rating
PhD Candidate, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois USA
2 Professor, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois USA
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Overload trucks constitute a major portion of truck load populations on highways. Specific to bridges, the increase in the frequency of overloads may trigger shortening of service life of critical components because of fatigue damage, considering the fact that fatigue damage accelerates at higher loads. This is especially important to older bridges that have been designed for loads lower than the standard for current highway bridge design in the United States. As the number of requests for special permits to use bridges by overload trucks increases, the accumulated damage may substantially reduce the service life of bridges resulting in costly repair and replacements. In this paper, the significance of overloads in causing fatigue damage to bridges is discussed. Samples of truck load data have been compiled and used to determine the contribution of overloads to fatigue damage for steel girder bridges made up of welded cover plates. The paper discusses using the expected fatigue life expended (FLE) as an index to determine the impact of overloads on bridge fatigue damage. The FLE is then determined to be an important factor that can be used to modify bridge rating equations as a way of controlling the number of overload permits for a given bridge.
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