Safety evaluation of masonry arch bridges by nonlinear finite element analyses

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Abstract

An analysis procedure is presented which allows to simulate the mechanical behavior of masonry arch bridges under static loading. Cracking of masonry under tension as well as nonlinear deformation under compression is taken into account. The soil-structure interaction is modeled by incorporating the soil into the finite element model and assigning a yield criterion to this material. Analysis results obtained for real and imaginary structures are presented. The influence of the assumed material parameters on the model prediction has been investigated in parametric studies. With the focus on railway bridges, recommendations for sufficiently accurate and computationally efficient nonlinear finite element analyses of masonry arch bridges are formulated. Furthermore, a technique for the experimental validation of the analysis results is discussed.

Details

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLife-Cycle and Sustainability of Civil Infrastructure Systems - Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering, IALCCE 2012
Pages2063-2070
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Peer-reviewedYes

Publication series

SeriesLife-Cycle and Sustainability of Civil Infrastructure Systems

Conference

Title3rd International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering, IALCCE 2012
Duration3 - 6 October 2012
CityVienna
CountryAustria

External IDs

ORCID /0000-0001-8735-1345/work/142244628