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A review of metallic bridge failure statistics

Imam, B and Chryssanthopoulos, MK (2010) A review of metallic bridge failure statistics In: IABMAS 2010, 2010-07-11 - 2010-07-15, Philadelphia, USA.

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This paper presents a review of bridge failure statistics, based on literature survey and webbased search, focusing on metallic bridges. Failure cases are distinguished between those resulting in bridge collapse and those that have not reached collapse but resulted in loss of serviceability. Classification of the most common failure causes and modes of failure is undertaken. Statistics regarding the time frame of collapses in the bridge lifetime, bridge structural configuration and the number of resulting casualties are presented. The results show that collapses due to natural hazards, design errors and limited knowledge are the most commonly encountered in metallic bridges, followed by accidents and human error. When analysed chronologically, the data demonstrates a decreasing trend for collapses attributed to limited knowledge and an increasing trend in failures resulting from accidents and natural hazards. In terms of non-collapse cases, fatigue failures are found to be predominant. The paper concludes with a discussion of bridge failure consequences and their significance in risk assessment of bridge structures.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Conference Paper)
Divisions : Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences > Civil and Environmental Engineering
Authors :
Imam, B
Chryssanthopoulos, MK
Date : 7 July 2010
Contributors :
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 13 Sep 2012 12:49
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 14:16

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