Problems of Bridge Supporting and Expansion Devices and an Experimental Comparison of the Dynamic Behavior of Rigid and Elastomeric Bearings, HR-105, 1965

(1965) Problems of Bridge Supporting and Expansion Devices and an Experimental Comparison of the Dynamic Behavior of Rigid and Elastomeric Bearings, HR-105, 1965. Transportation, Department of

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Abstract

The design of satisfactory supporting and expansion devices for highway bridges is a problem which has concerned bridge design engineers for many years. The problems associated with these devices have been emphasized by the large number of short span bridges required by the current expanded highway program of expressways and interstate highways. The initial objectives of this investigation were: (1) To review and make a field study of devices used for the support of bridge superstructures and for provision of floor expansion; (2) To analyze the forces or factors which influence the design and behavior of supporting devices and floor expansion systems; and (3) To ascertain the need for future research particularly on the problems of obtaining more economical and efficient supporting and expansion devices, and determining maximum allowable distance between such devices. The experimental portion was conducted to evaluate one of the possible simple and economical solutions to the problems observed in the initial portion. The investigation reported herein is divided into four major parts or phases as follows: (1) A review of literature; (2) A survey by questionnaire of design practice of a number of state highway departments and consulting firms; (3) Field observation of existing bridges; and, (4) An experimental comparison of the dynamic behavior of rigid and elastomeric bearings.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Bridge bearings, Bridge design, Bridge superstructures, Expansion joints, Supporting, Elastomeric bearings
Subjects: Transportation
Transportation > Materials
Transportation > Bridges and tunnels
Transportation > Design and Construction
Transportation > Maintenance and preservation
ID Code: 17457
Deposited By: Iowa DOT Library
Deposited On: 23 Jul 2014 19:48
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2014 15:33
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/17457