Steel plate reinforcement of orthotropic bridge decks

  title={Steel plate reinforcement of orthotropic bridge decks},
  author={Sofia Teixeira de Freitas},
The PhD research is focused on the reinforcement of fatigue cracked orthotropic steel bridge decks (OBD) by adding a second steel plate to the existing deck. The main idea is to stiffen the existing deck plate, which will reduce the stresses at the fatigue sensitive details and extend the fatigue life of the orthotropic bridge decks. Two reinforcement systems are subject of research, the bonded steel plates system and the sandwich steel plates system. In the bonded steel plates system, the… CONTINUE READING