Improved Load Rating Procedures for Deteriorated Steel Beam Ends

This study aims to provide evaluation policies for the bearing capacity assessment of plate girders with corroded ends. The developed methodology was organized in three phases that each employed real corrosion data. First, inspection reports of bridges with corrosion-induced damage were processed to quantify the shape and bounds of the most common corrosion patterns. Second, full-scale laboratory tests were performed on two specimens built on naturally corroded girders obtained from decommissioned bridges in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Third, experimentally acquired data were employed to validate a composite girder level finite element model able to capture the failure load and mode of plate girders with corroded ends. Subsequently, by combining the previously defined corrosion patterns with computational modelling, an extensive parametric analysis was conducted to define the parameters that have influencing impact on the residual bearing capacity. Finally, analytical prediction tools were developed based on a data set of approximately 1,000 scenarios.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Principal Investigators:

    Gerasimidis, Simos

    Brena, Sergio

    Tzortzinis, Georgios

  • Start Date: 20190501
  • Expected Completion Date: 20210930
  • Actual Completion Date: 20210930

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01782056
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Massachusetts Department of Transportation
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 21 2021 11:55AM