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Accession Number PB2013-109664
Title Behavior and Analysis of an Integral Abutment Bridge.
Publication Date Aug 2013
Media Count 124p
Personal Author C. Huffaker H. Boyle M. W. Halling P. J. Barr
Abstract As a result of abutment spalling on the integral abutment bridge over 400 South Street in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) instigated research measures to better understand the behavior of integral abutment bridges. The bridge was instrumented with survey targets and monitored each month for one year. The monthly surveys were also supplemented by a day-long survey. Measurements of temperature change and span length were obtained and used to show general trends in the movement of the 400 South Street Bridge. A detailed finite-element model was created and results from the model confirmed locations of stress concentrations at the bottom of the bridge girders. A simplified model was then created and used to show the same trends as observed in the survey data. The simplified model was then modified to conduct a parametric study on the effects of skew, span length, and temperature gradient. The results from this research were used to make conclusions and recommendations regarding the implementation of integral abutment bridges in the state of Utah.
Keywords Bridge abutments
Expansion joints
Integral abutment concept
Jointless bridges
Prestressed concrete
Service life
Thermal expansion

Source Agency Federal Highway Administration
NTIS Subject Category 50A - Highway Engineering
50C - Construction Equipment, Materials, & Supplies
71B - Adhesives & Sealants
Corporate Author Utah State Univ., Logan. Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Final rept. May 2011-Aug. 2013.
NTIS Issue Number 1325
Contract Number N/A

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