FATIGUE BEHAVIOR OF VARIABLE LOADED BRIDGE DETAILS NEAR THE FATIGUE LIMIT.
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The findings of the current NCHRP Project 12-15(5), Fatigue Behavior of Variable Loaded Details Near the Fatigue Limit, are highlighted. The main focus of the research is the examination of welding bridge details in the high-cycle, long-life regime. Large-scale plate girders with coverplate, web attachment, and web stiffener details are subjected to fatigue loading that simulates actual truck traffic. A Rayleigh type stress spectrum is used with the inclusion of an occasional overload exceeding the constant-amplitude fatigue limit. The frequencies of occurrence being considered for the overloads are 0. 1, 0. 05, and 0. 01 percent. The current test specimens also allow for a detailed study of distortion-induced fatigue cracking at a connection plate web gap detail. Results indicate that the retrofit method of drilled holes at the crack tip is inadequate at high levels of distortion.
Transportation Research Record
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Keating, P. B., & Fisher, J. W.