You are here

Thermal response in Florida bridges

Download pdf | Full Screen View

Date Issued:
1991
Summary:
Reinforced and prestressed concrete bridges are subjected to non-linear temperature variations leading to complex thermal stresses which vary continuously with time. Though these stresses are often comparable with those produced by live and dead loads, little guidance is given in bridge design codes on how these stresses are accurately computed. The objective of this project is to study the response of Florida bridges in the extreme thermal environment The project is divided into the following four tasks i) Computer modeling of the bridge and estimation of the thermal response. ii) Field measurements of temperatures in typical bridges. iii) Comparison of observed and estimated data. iv) Suggestions and/or revisions to the existing thermal stress allowances in the code. A computer software FETAB was used to model and analyze the thermal response of several bridge cross sections. Two single cell box girder bridges, located at the 1-595 and US-441 interchange, Fort Lauderdale, were instrumented with thermocouples and vibrating wire strain gages. The predicted temperature variations were found to compare fairly well with those measured in the field. Though the analytical values vary a little from the actual field data, emphasis was given to gain insight into the problems associated with the thermal effects in concrete bridges. Suggestions were made for revision of existing design code provisions for improved design of bridges.
Title: Thermal response in Florida bridges.
63 views
14 downloads
Name(s): Sandepudi, Krishna Srinivasa.
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Arockiasamy, Madasamy, Thesis advisor
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 1991
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 214 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: Reinforced and prestressed concrete bridges are subjected to non-linear temperature variations leading to complex thermal stresses which vary continuously with time. Though these stresses are often comparable with those produced by live and dead loads, little guidance is given in bridge design codes on how these stresses are accurately computed. The objective of this project is to study the response of Florida bridges in the extreme thermal environment The project is divided into the following four tasks i) Computer modeling of the bridge and estimation of the thermal response. ii) Field measurements of temperatures in typical bridges. iii) Comparison of observed and estimated data. iv) Suggestions and/or revisions to the existing thermal stress allowances in the code. A computer software FETAB was used to model and analyze the thermal response of several bridge cross sections. Two single cell box girder bridges, located at the 1-595 and US-441 interchange, Fort Lauderdale, were instrumented with thermocouples and vibrating wire strain gages. The predicted temperature variations were found to compare fairly well with those measured in the field. Though the analytical values vary a little from the actual field data, emphasis was given to gain insight into the problems associated with the thermal effects in concrete bridges. Suggestions were made for revision of existing design code provisions for improved design of bridges.
Identifier: 14759 (digitool), FADT14759 (IID), fau:11550 (fedora)
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): College of Engineering and Computer Science
Thesis (M.S.E.)--Florida Atlantic University, 1991.
Subject(s): Bridges, Concrete--Thermal properties
Bridges, Concrete--Effect of temperature on
Thermal stresses
Held by: Florida Atlantic University Libraries
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fcla/dt/14759
Sublocation: Digital Library
Use and Reproduction: Copyright © is held by the author, with permission granted to Florida Atlantic University to digitize, archive and distribute this item for non-profit research and educational purposes. Any reuse of this item in excess of fair use or other copyright exemptions requires permission of the copyright holder.
Use and Reproduction: http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/
Host Institution: FAU
Is Part of Series: Florida Atlantic University Digital Library Collections.