Estimate on fatigue welded units of orthotropic slabs of bridge mental spans in the local directions

M. H. Malhin, V. I. Kyrian


The aim of this paper was to examine the application of the local stress method in the fatigue life assessment of rib-to-crossbeam joints of orthotropic decks. The hot spot stress approach and the effective notch stress approach were used. The fatigue life predicted by the local and nominal stress method was compared with the experimental results.


orthotropic deck; road-transport bridge; passing part; longevity; cracks of fatigue; local stress

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