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Towards a SHM-based methodology for updating fatigue reliability of orthotropic steel decks

Alcover, IF, Andersen, JE, Alcover, IF, Chryssanthopoulos, MK and Rafiq, MI (2012) Towards a SHM-based methodology for updating fatigue reliability of orthotropic steel decks

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Orthotropic steel decks are likely to experience fatigue issues during their service life, the assessment of which turns out to be rather complex due to their intricate geometric features and the combined influence of traffic and temperature on the characteristics of the pertinent load effects, as well as the presence of various uncertainties. Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) can play a role in reducing some of the inherent uncertainties while assessing fatigue performance using either the S-N or a fracture mechanics approach. However, it is still necessary to develop the theoretical framework for SHM-based methodologies in order to use effectively the outcomes provided by SHM systems, thus avoiding a situation where monitored data cannot be readily incorporated into practical decision making. The present paper reviews current approaches for assessing fatigue in orthotropic decks using SHM data in combination with an S-N approach. A probabilistic model to assess fatigue damage considering pavement temperatures and traffic intensities is presented, which is intended to serve as the basis towards a SHM-based methodology. The objective of such a methodology is to update fatigue reliability in orthotropic decks considering multiple incomplete monitoring data. This should lead to more accurate performance predictions and contribute towards the rational use of SHM methods in or-thotropic steel decks. © 2012 Taylor & Francis Group.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Alcover, IF
Andersen, JE
Alcover, IF
Rafiq, MI
Date : 2012
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 12:31
Last Modified : 23 Jan 2020 17:54

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