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Steel and Composite Structures   Volume 26, Number 1, January10 2018, pages 103-113
Fatigue performance of rib-roof weld in steel bridge decks with corner braces
Zhongqiu Fu, Bohai Ji (Corr. Author), Yixun Wang and Jie Xu

Abstract     [Full Text]
    To study the effects of corner braces on fatigue performance of the U-rib and roof weld in steel bridge decks, the fatigue experiment was carried out to compare characteristics of the crack shape with and without corner braces. The improvement of fatigue life and stress variation after setting corner braces were also analysed. Different parameters of corner brace sizes, arrangements, and detail types were considered in the FEM models to obtain stress distribution and variation at the weld. Furthermore, enhancement of the fatigue performance by corner braces was evaluated. The results demonstrated that the corner brace could improve the fatigue life of the U-rib and roof weld, which exerted even no influence on the crack shape. Moreover, stress of the roof weld was decreased and the crack position was transferred from the root weld to U-rib and corner brace weld. It was suggested no weld scallop should be drilled on the corner brace. A transverse rib with lower height which was set between U-ribs was favourable for improvement of fatigue performance.
Key Words
    steel bridge deck; weld fatigue; corner brace; stress distribution; construction detail
Zhongqiu Fu, Bohai Ji, Yixun Wang and Jie Xu: College of Civil and Transportation Engineering, Hohai University, 1 Xikang Rd., Nanjing, Jiangsu 210098, P.R. China

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