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Accession Number PB2013-103567
Title Effect of Increasing Truck Weight on Bridges.
Publication Date Sep 2012
Media Count 61p
Personal Author C. J. Waldron
Abstract Legislation has been proposed that will allow a 17,000 lb increase in the maximum gross vehicle weight on the Interstate Highway System. This projects main goal is quantify the effect of this increase on the internal forces to which typical slab-on-girder bridges are subjected. Both the shear and moment in the girders and the in the deck slab due to the truck loadings are investigated. To accomplish this, several configurations for these heavier trucks that have been proposed in the literature are evaluated. The HS20-44 loading with alternate military loading, the HL-93 design loading, and Alabama legal loads are used as baselines for comparison. The project focuses on short and medium span bridges with spans between 20 feet and 150 feet and girder spacings between 4 feet and 10 feet. By comparing the proposed truck configurations with the baseline configurations, the adequacy or deficiency of current design specifications and existing bridges are quantified. Recommendations for the implementation of a policy allowing specifically configured 97,000-lb, six-axle trucks are made. The results of this research will assist Alabama and other state DOTs in providing a path forward for the eventuality of heavier trucks.
Keywords Axle loads
State transportation departments
Vehicle weight

Source Agency Department of Transportation
NTIS Subject Category 50A - Highway Engineering
91B - Transportation & Traffic Planning
43G - Transportation
85H - Road Transportation
Corporate Author Alabama Univ. at Birmingham. Dept. of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Final rept.
NTIS Issue Number 1309
Contract Number N/A

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