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2018 N A T I O N A L C O O P E R A T I V E H I G H W A Y R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M NCHRP RESEARCH REPORT 883 Fracture-Critical System Analysis for Steel Bridges Robert J. Connor Francisco J. Bonachera MartÃn Amit Varma Zhichao Lai Cem Korkmaz Purdue university West Lafayette, IN Subscriber Category Bridges Research sponsored by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration
NATIONAL COOPERATIVE HIGHWAY RESEARCH PROGRAM Systematic, well-designed research is the most effective way to solve many problems facing highway administrators and engineers. Often, highway problems are of local interest and can best be studied by highway departments individually or in cooperation with their state universities and others. However, the accelerating growth of highway transportation results in increasingly complex problems of wide inter- est to highway authorities. These problems are best studied through a coordinated program of cooperative research. Recognizing this need, the leadership of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) in 1962 ini- tiated an objective national highway research program using modern scientific techniquesâthe National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP). 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C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M S AUTHOR ACKNOWLEDGMENTS The research documented in this report was performed under NCHRP 12-87A by the Lyles School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue University is the prime contractor for this study with Robert J. Connor, professor of Civil Engineering at the Lyles School of Civil Engineering, as the project director and principal investigator. The co-principal investiga- tor of this report is Amit Varma, also professor of Civil Engineering at the Lyles School of Civil Engineer- ing. The other authors of this report are research engineers Francisco J. Bonachera MartÃn and Zhichao Lai; and PhD candidate Cem Korkmaz, at the Robert L. and Terry L. Bowen Laboratory for Large-Scale Civil Engineering Research at Purdue University. The authors also acknowledge the guidance and input from the project panel. CRP STAFF FOR NCHRP RESEARCH REPORT 883 Christopher J. Hedges, Director, Cooperative Research Programs Lori L. Sundstrom, Deputy Director, Cooperative Research Programs Waseem Dekelbab, Senior Program Officer Megan Chamberlain, Senior Program Assistant Eileen P. Delaney, Director of Publications Natalie Barnes, Associate Director of Publications NCHRP PROJECT 12-87A PANEL Field of DesignâArea of Bridges Hussam Z. âSamâ Fallaha, Florida DOT, Tallahassee, FL (Chair) Xiaohua Hannah Cheng, New Jersey DOT, Trenton, NJ Lian Duan, California DOT, Sacramento, CA Christopher Hahin, Illinois DOT, Springfield, IL Carlos Gustavo Matos, Jacobs Engineering Group, Saint Louis, MO Gregory R. Perfetti, North Carolina DOT, Raleigh, NC Hormoz Seradj, Salem, OR Justin M. Ocel, FHWA Liaison Stephen F. Maher, P.E., TRB Liaison
F O R E W O R D By Waseem Dekelbab Staff Officer Transportation Research Board NCHRP Research Report 883 presents a proposed AASHTO guide specification for the analysis and identification of fracture-critical members and system-redundant members. The report describes the analysis methodology and provides application examples. The analysis methodology is based on comprehensive 3-D finite element analyses (FEA) and case studies to evaluate the redundancy of new and existing steel bridges with mem- bers traditionally designated as fracture-critical members (FCMs) including simple- and continuous-span I-girder and tub-girder, through-girder, truss, and tied-arch steel bridges. The material in this report will be of immediate interest to steel bridge engineers. Advances in new materials analytical tools have brought about renewed discussion of the traditional definition of what constitutes a fracture-critical (FC) steel bridge. For example, modern steel bridges are often built of high-performance steel and fabricated using higher quality welding procedures with a composite deck slab and, therefore, are inherently more capable of carrying redistributed loads through alternate paths. Cur- rently, the stringent fabrication and in-service inspection requirements for FC bridges steer owners and designers away from building new FC bridges although they are allowed by the AASHTO bridge specifications with the appropriate design, construction, and inspection procedures. The increased maintenance inspection costs are also a concern of existing FC bridges. These additional costs, and any structural concerns, could be elimi- nated or minimized by re-examining the FC designation and reclassifying bridges where justified by evaluating the consequence should a member be assumed to fail rather than by simply considering the number of girders, for example. At present, designers and owners often have different opinions on the definition of an FC bridge. The AASHTO bridge specifications do not give guidance on the appropriate level of analysis needed, load combinations, or failure criteria for establishing if a member is or is not fracture critical. Although individual designers have developed methods to address this issue, there is no consensus on the loadings and the approach to be used and what constitutes failure. Under NCHRP Project 12-87A, Purdue University was asked to (1) develop a methodol- ogy to quantify when a steel bridge system is considered FC based on loads, existing condi- tions, material properties, and bridge configurations; and (2) propose a new standalone AASHTO guide specification for the evaluation of existing and design of new steel bridges with FCMs.
A number of deliverables, provided as appendices, are not published but are available on the TRB website at https://apps.trb.org/cmsfeed/TRBNetProjectDisplay.asp?ProjectID=3808. The appendices include the following: â¢ Appendix A: Shear Stud Modeling Study and Recommendations â¢ Appendix B: Summaries of Analyses of Case-Study Bridges â¢ Appendix C: Eligibility Screening Criteria for System Analysis â¢ Appendix D: FEA Requirements for System Analysis â¢ Appendix E: Proposed Guide Specification â¢ Appendix F: Proposed Guide Specification Application Examples
C O N T E N T S Note: Photographs, figures, and tables in this report may have been converted from color to grayscale for printing. The electronic version of the report (posted on the web at www.trb.org) retains the color versions. 1 Summary 4 Chapter 1 Background 4 1.1 Problem Statement and Research Objective 5 1.2 Scope of Study 6 Chapter 2 Research Approach 6 2.1 Summary of the State of the Practice 10 2.2 Research Methodology 13 Chapter 3 Findings and Application 13 3.1 Finite Element Analysis Procedures, Techniques, and Inputs 30 3.2 Proposed Load Model 38 3.3 Minimum Performance Requirements in the Faulted State 43 3.4 Dynamic Load Amplification Requirements 43 3.5 Detailing for New Bridges 44 3.6 Limitations of Finite Element Analysis Methodology 45 3.7 Application of Research to Bridge Engineering Practice 46 Chapter 4 Conclusions and Suggested Research 46 4.1 Conclusions 46 4.2 Suggested Research 48 References 50 Appendices AâF