Live Load Testing and Analysis of the Southbound Span of U.S. Route 15 over Interstate-66

dc.contributor.authorCollins, William Norfleeten
dc.contributor.committeechairCousins, Thomas E.en
dc.contributor.committeememberRoberts-Wollmann, Carin L.en
dc.contributor.committeememberSotelino, Elisa D.en
dc.contributor.departmentCivil Engineeringen
dc.description.abstractmore funding must be allocated for their rehabilitation or replacement. The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Long-Term Bridge Performance (LTBP) Program has been developed to help bridge stakeholders make the best decisions concerning the allocation of these funds. This is done through the use of high quality data obtained through numerous testing processes. As part of the LTBP Pilot Program, researchers have performed live load tests on the U.S. Route 15 Southbound bridge over Interstate-66. The main performance and behavior characteristics focused on are service strain and deflection, wheel load distribution, dynamic load allowance, and rotational behavior of bridge bearings. Data from this test will be used as a tool in developing and refining a plan for long-term bridge monitoring. This includes identifying the primarily loaded girders and their expected range of response under ambient traffic conditions. Information obtained from this test will also aid in the refinement of finite element models by offering insight into the performance of individual bridge components, as well as overall global behavior. Finally, the methods and results of this test have been documented to allow for comparison with future testing of this bridge, which will yield information concerning the changes in bridge behavior over time.en
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen
dc.publisherVirginia Techen
dc.rightsIn Copyrighten
dc.subjectwheel load distributionen
dc.subjectLong-Term Bridge Performance Programen
dc.subjectFederal Highway Administrationen
dc.subjectLive load testen
dc.subjectexpansion jointsen
dc.subjectbridge bearingsen
dc.subjectdynamic load allowanceen
dc.subjectneutral axisen
dc.titleLive Load Testing and Analysis of the Southbound Span of U.S. Route 15 over Interstate-66en
dc.typeThesisen Engineeringen Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen of Scienceen


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