Title: Assessment of Existing Steel Structures - Recommendations for Estimation of the Remaining Fatigue Life
Authors: KÜHN B.LUKIC M.NUSSBAUMER A.GÜNTHER H.-P.HELMERICH R.HERION S.KOLSTEIN M.h.WALBRIDGE S.ANDROIC B.DIJKSTRA O.BUCAK Bucak
Editors: SEDLACEK G.
BIJLAARD F.
GERADIN MICHEL
PINTO VIEIRA ARTUR
DIMOVA SILVIA
Publisher: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities
Publication Year: 2008
JRC Publication N°: JRC43401
ISSN: 1018-5593
Other Identifiers: EUR 23252 EN
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC43401
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: Due to the demand for freight volume on rail and road, traffic has increased significantly in the past years leading to an increasing number of heavy vehicles in the traffic flows and greater exploitation of their loading capacities. Because of environmental considerations there is also a tendency to further enhance the admissible loads in the design of new heavy vehicles (e.g. by increasing axle loads or using road trains). This all may affect the safety, serviceability and durability of existing bridges. Bridge authorities are therefore interested in agreed methods to assess the safety and durability of existing bridges and to make appropriate provisions for more refined maintenance methods, possible restriction of traffic, bridge-rehabilitation or substitution of old bridges by new ones where necessary. For steel bridges including the old riveted ones there are numerous approaches to such assessments, partly standardized by national codes or recommendations. In the light of the development of the European single market for construction works and engineering services there is thus a need to harmonize them and to develop agreed European technical recommendations for the safety and durability assessment of existing structures. These recommendations should follow the principles and application rules in the Eurocodes and provide a scheme with different levels of analysis: a basic level with general methods and further levels with higher sophistication that call for specific expertise. This technical report on ¿Recommendations for the estimation of remaining fatigue life¿ supported by the ECCS could be used as a basis for harmonizing National procedures and for the further evolution of the Eurocodes.
JRC Institute:Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
43401 - final - correct.pdf5.16 MBAdobe PDFView/Open


Items in repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.