Fatigue reliability of steel bridges

Maria M. Szerszen, Andrzej S. Nowak, Jeffrey A. Laman

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A fatigue reliability analysis is performed for steel girder bridges. The data base for the live load model is obtained by weigh-in-motion (WIM) measurements. Bridge structures were selected to determine the site-specific truck parameters and component-specific stress spectra. Stress cycles are presented as cumulative distribution functions. The WIM measurements confirm a significant variation in stress spectra between girders. Fatigue limit state function is developed using the number of cycles to failure as the structural resistance, and the number of applied cycles as the load. The statistical parameters of steel are based on the available test results. Reliability indices are calculated for several equivalent stress ranges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-92
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Constructional Steel Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Metals and Alloys


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