Dynamic behavior of horizontally curved I-girder bridges Article

cited authors

  • Huang, D; Wang, TL; Shahawy, M

fiu authors


  • The purpose of this paper is to investigate the dynamic behavior of horizontally curved I-girder bridges due to one or two trucks (side by side) moving across rough bridge decks. The bridge is modeled as a planar grillage beam system composed of horizontally curved beam elements and straight beam elements. Warping torsion is taken into consideration in the analysis. The analytical vehicle is simulated as a nonlinear vehicle model with 11 independent degrees of freedom according to the HS20-44 truck design loading contained in the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) specifications. Four different classes of road surface roughness generated from power spectral density function for very good, good, average, and poor roads are used in the study. The analytical results are very significant and show that the dynamic behavior of curved I-girder bridges is quite different from that of straight girder bridges. The impact factors of bending and shear for inside girders of curved I-girder bridges are significantly smaller than those for outside girders. © 1995.

publication date

  • November 17, 1995

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

start page

  • 703

end page

  • 714


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