SPR-4311: Evaluating Reserve Strength of Girder Bridges due to Bridge Rail Load Shedding

The aim of the proposed research is to experimentally and numerically evaluate the reserve strength of girder bridges due to bridge rail load shedding. The proposed research will investigate this reserve strength through: (1) performing non-destructive field testing, (2) developing validated numerical models, and (3) performing parametric numerical investigations to extend results to other loadings and bridge geometries. The project will culminate in assessment guidelines for bridge inspectors and asset engineers to make informed decisions related to the load carrying capability of bridge rails which could be relied upon under emergency circumstances.