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  1. Corrosion prevention of Oregon's reinforced coastal bridges

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    Bullard, Sophie J.; Cramer, Stephen D.; Covino, Bernard S., Jr.; Holcomb, Gordon R.; Ziomek-Moroz, Margaret; Cryer. C.B (Oregon Dept. of Transportation, Salem, OR); Gallardo, M. L. (Oregon Dept. of Transportation, Salem, OR)

    2004-06-01

    The Oregon Department of Transportation (Oregon DOT) maintains more than 120 coastal bridges; many are reinforced concrete structures over 15 m (50 ft) in length. Twelve of these bridges are historic structures. Oregon DOT is concerned about the ongoing deterioration of these bridges, rising maintenance and repair costs, and the need to protect Oregon’s large investment in coastal bridges. Over 80,000 m2 (850,000 ft2) of coastal bridge surface have been repaired and protected from further chloride-induced corrosion damage by using conductive coating anodes. Most of the anode area is thermal-sprayed (TS) Zn. Other anode materials include TS Ti, Zn-hydrogel, and conductive carbon paint. TS Zn anodes are estimated to have a service life exceeding 25 years but exhibit increasing anode polarization with age. Catalyzed TS Ti anodes develop no significant anode polarization and have exhibited stable long-term performance over 8 years of service. Galvanic Zn-hydrogel anodes produce a stable protection current with no evidence of aging effects over 6 years of service. The conductive carbon paint anode operates at a low anode current density and consumption rate with a low rate of acidification at the anode-concrete interface, which has contributed to a stable protection current over 17 years of service.

  2. Steel plate reinforcement of orthotropic bridge decks

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    Teixeira de Freitas, S.

    2012-01-01

    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 li

  3. Fiber reinforced polymer composites for bridge structures

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    Alexandra CANTORIU

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Rapid advances in construction materials technology have led to the emergence of new materials with special properties, aiming at safety, economy and functionality of bridges structures. A class of structural materials which was originally developed many years ago, but recently caught the attention of engineers involved in the construction of bridges is fiber reinforced polymer composites. This paper provides an overview of fiber reinforced polymer composites used in bridge structures including types, properties, applications and future trends. The results of this study have revealed that this class of materials presents outstanding properties such as high specific strength, high fatigue and environmental resistance, lightweight, stiffness, magnetic transparency, highly cost-effective, and quick assembly, but in the same time high initial costs, lack of data on long-term field performance, low fire resistance. Fiber reinforced polymer composites were widely used in construction of different bridge structures such as: deck and tower, I-beams, tendons, cable stands and proved to be materials for future in this field.

  4. Environmental life cycle assessment comparison between two bridge types: reinforced concrete bridge and steel composite bridge

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    Du, Guangli; Karoumi, Raid

    2013-01-01

    not been integrated into the decision-making process. This paper presents a systematic LCA method for quantifying the environmental impacts for bridges. The comparison study is performed between a reinforced concrete bridge and a steel bridge as an alternative design, with several key maintenance and EOL......The concept of sustainable construction has attracted an increased attention. Bridge infrastructures and their belonged construction activities consume considerable material and energy, which is responsible for large environmental burdens. However, the environmental assessment of bridges has...

  5. Ambient Vibration Test on Reinforced Concrete Bridges

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    Idris Nurul Shazwin

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available An investigation was carried out to determine dynamic characteristic of reinforced concrete (RC bridges by using ambient vibration test (AVT. The ambient vibration sources on bridges may come from traffic, wind, wave motion and seismic events. AVT describes the dynamic characteristics of the bridge and ground by measuring the natural frequencies using highly sensitive seismometer sensor. This test is beneficial due to light weight equipment and smaller number of operator required, cheap and easy to be handled. It is able to give a true picture of the bridge dynamic behavior without any artificial force excitation when vibration data is recorded. A three-span reinforced concrete bridge located in Sri Medan, Batu Pahat, Johor was measured by using microtremor equipment consist of three units of 1 Hz eigenfrequency passive sensors used in this test was performed in normal operating condition without excitation required from any active sources or short period noise perturbations. Ten measurements were conducted on the bridge deck and ten measurements on the ground surface in order to identify the natural frequencies of the bridge. Several peak frequencies were identified from three components of Fourier Amplitude Spectra (FAS in transverse (North-South, longitudinal (East-West and vertical (Up-Down direction as well as squared average Horizontal to Vertical Spectral Ratio (HVSR of ground response, computed by using Geopsy software. From the result, it was expected the bridge have five vibration modes frequencies in the range of 1.0 Hz and 7.0 Hz with the first two modes in the transverse and longitudinal direction having a frequency 1.0 Hz, the third mode is 2.2 Hz in transverse direction, fourth and fifth mode is 5.8 Hz and 7.0 Hz. For ground natural frequencies are in range 1.0 Hz to 1.3 Hz for North-South direction and 1.0 Hz to 1.6 Hz for East-West direction. Finally the results are compared with several empirical formulas for simple

  6. External Prestressing Bridge Reinforcement Technology Review

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    Zhu Hanbing

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Externally prestressed bridge can not only limit and reduce the cracks and deformation of the structure, improve the rigidity and bearing capacity of structure, improve the stress state of structure, but also have less interference for bridge operation when it is operating and have the good economic efficiency. This paper introduces the advantages and disadvantages of external prestressed strengthening technique, its calculation theory and construction technology described in detail, and finally the paper discusses the deficiency of existing research.

  7. Service Life and Maintenance Modelling of Reinforced Concrete Bridge Decks

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    Thoft-Christensen, Palle

    Recent research in the area of assessment and maintenance of reinforced concrete bridge decks is presented in this paper. Three definitions of service lifetime are introduced and the difficult problem of assessing the service life is discussed. A stochastic modelling of corrosion and corrosion...

  8. Bamboo Reinforced Concrete Truss Bridge for Rural Infrastructure

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    D. Nuralinah

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Bamboo is one of a potential renewable construction material in the village. Bamboo is known to have a high mechanical strength in direction of the fibers. The weakness of bamboo in lateral direction of the fiber could be solved by constructing a composite structure with the concrete. The appropriate construction with hold the loads in axial direction is a truss structure. In a bamboo concrete truss structure, the bars are composed from the concrete column with a bamboo reinforcement. The research studies about the performance of the bridge and the effect of loading position on the strain and deformation of bamboo reinforced concrete truss bridge. The bridge whose span and width are respectively 1.5 m and 1.2 m was prepared. Load applied to the truss bridge conducted by using vehicle load changes with position. Mounting the strains gauge in bamboo reinforcement of primary truss is to observe the strain. The LVDT is used to observe the deflection of the truss bridge. The results show that the loading position influences the strain and deformation as well as a theoretical view.

  9. Mechanism of Geogrid Reinforced Soil at Bridge Approach

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    FENG Guangle; LUO Rong; CHEN Congxin

    2007-01-01

    Using Geogrid-Reinforced Soil (GRS) we studied the working mechanism and design method of GRS at bridge approach with high backfill by field experiment. In a highway section where the height of backfill is 13.5 meters, geogrids were used at two bridge approaches to address the bumping problems. Some soil pressure cells were used to measure the normal and lateral soil pressure at different locations in the roadbed. The experimental results indicate that geogrids in geogrid-reinforced soil (GRS) could produce an uplift force, the closer the location to the abutment, the larger the uplift force, and the reduction of measured soil pressures compared with theoretical values was the largest at the bottom of roadbed, less at the top than at the bottom, and the least in the mid-height of roadbed than at the bottom. These findings are different from those of the traditional greogrid-reinforced subgrade design method.

  10. Shear Reinforcement Requirements for High-Strength Concrete Bridge Girders

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    Ramirez, J. A.; Aguilar, Gerardo

    2005-01-01

    A research program was conducted on the shear strength of high-strength concrete members. The objective was to evaluate the shear behavior and strength of concrete bridge members with compressive strengths in the range of 10 000 to 15 000 psi. The goal was to determine if the current minimum amount of shear reinforcement together with maximum spacing limits in the 2004 AASHTO LRFD Specifications, and the upper limit on the nominal shear strength were applicable to concrete compressive strengt...

  11. Environmental Impact Optimization of Reinforced Concrete Slab Frame Bridges

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    Yavari, Majid Solat; Du, Guangli; Pacoste, Costin

    2017-01-01

    The main objective of this research is to integrate environmental impact optimization in the structural design of reinforced concrete slab frame bridges in order to determine the most environmental-friendly design. The case study bridge used in this work was also investigated in a previous paper...... focusing on the optimization of the investment cost, while the present study focuses on environmental impact optimization and comparing the results of both of these studies. Optimization technique based on the pattern search method was implemented. Moreover, a comprehensive Life Cycle Assessment (LCA......) methodology of ReCiPe and two monetary weighting systems were used to convert environmental impacts into monetary costs. The analysis showed that both monetary weighting systems led to the same results. Furthermore, optimization based on environmental impact generated models with thinner construction elements...

  12. Rupture Directivity Effect on Seismic Vulnerability of Reinforced Concrete Bridge

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    Shirazian, Shadi; Nouri, Gholamreza; Ghayamghamian, Mohamadreza

    2017-04-01

    Earthquake catastrophes menace humans` lives and assets. Although earthquakes are inevitable, damage is not. To remedy this situation, significant amount of research is conducted in order to assess the performance of existent man-made structures, particularly infrastructures such as bridges which play a vital role in post earthquake services. The results can be used for assessing retrofit prioritization for structures and as a basis for economic loss estimations. The research presented here determines the vulnerability of a common typical two-span reinforced concrete bridge by generating fragility curves. Near-fault ground motions are different from ordinary ground motions, often containing strong coherent dynamic long-period pulses and permanent ground displacements. Here special attention is given to this type of ground motions, and their effects on the seismic behavior of structure are compared with ordinary motions. The results show near-fault ground motions exacerbate the seismic vulnerability of a bridge by about 68% in comparison with near-field ground motions. In other words, near-source ground motions with forward directivity effect are more dangerous.

  13. Spatial embedded reinforcement of 20-node block element for analysis PC bridges

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    Peiheng LONG; Xianting DU; Weizhen CHEN

    2008-01-01

    The formula for the contribution of prestressed reinforcement on embedded reinforcement element is derived according to the mechanical behavior of PC bridges and the foundational principle of finite element method. Mechanical concept is definite and examples val-idate the calculation results. Reinforcement element model allows generating a finite element mesh without taking into consideration the layout of reinforcements. Furthermore, the prestressing tendon may pass through the concrete elements in an arbitrary manner. It is an effective approach that the no-node loads are diverted from the tendons to the adjacent concrete elements. A useful arithmetic analysis of the spatial curved tendon PC Bridges is provided.

  14. Modelling Blast Effects on a Reinforced Concrete Bridge

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    Markellos Andreou

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The detailed investigation of blast phenomena and their catastrophic effects on existing structures are the main objectives of the present paper. It is well known that blast phenomena may be characterized by significant complexity, often involving complicated wave propagation effects as well as distinguishable material behaviors. Considering the above and in an attempt to provide a simplified modelling approach for the simulation of blast effects, a novel procedure is presented herein based on well-established methodologies and common engineering practices. In the above framework, firstly, the “predominant” deformation shape of the structure is estimated based on elastic finite element simulations under blast loads and then the structural response of the system is evaluated as a result of common computational beam-element tools such as displacement-based pushover analysis. The proposed methodology provides an immediate first estimation of the structural behavior under blast loads, based on familiar engineering procedures. A two-span reinforced concrete bridge was thoroughly investigated and the results provide insightful information regarding the damage patterns and localization.

  15. Reinforced concrete bridges: effects due to corrosion and concrete young modulus variation

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    P. T. C. Mendes

    Full Text Available Most of the Brazilian bridges of federal road network are made of reinforced concrete and are more than 30 years old, with little information about the mechanical properties of their constitutive materials. Along the service life of these bridges much modification occurred on vehicles load and geometry and in design standard. Many of them show signs of concrete and steel deterioration and their stability conditions are unknown. With the aim of contributing to the structural evaluation of reinforced concrete bridges it was decided to analyze the stresses in reinforced concrete bridge sections to verify the effects due to reinforcement corrosion and variation of the concrete Young modulus on the stress distribution regarding several load patterns and cracking effects in a representative bridge of the Brazilian road network with different longitudinal reinforcement taxes and two concrete Young modulus, Ec and 0.5Ec, and with different percentage of reinforcement corrosion. The analysis considered two finite element models: frame and shell elements as well as solid elements. The results indicate that these variation effects are more significant in reinforcement bars than in concrete.

  16. Model for the Effect of Fiber Bridging on the Fracture Resistance of Reinforced-Carbon-Carbon

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    Chan, Kwai S.; Lee, Yi-Der; Hudak, Stephen J., Jr.

    2009-01-01

    A micromechanical methodology has been developed for analyzing fiber bridging and resistance-curve behavior in reinforced-carbon-carbon (RCC) panels with a three-dimensional (3D) composite architecture and a silicon carbide (SiC) surface coating. The methodology involves treating fiber bridging traction on the crack surfaces in terms of a weight function approach and a bridging law that relates the bridging stress to the crack opening displacement. A procedure has been developed to deduce material constants in the bridging law from the linear portion of the K-resistance curve. This report contains information on the application of procedures and outcomes.

  17. Demonstration and Validation of a Lightweight Composite Bridge Deck Technology as an Alternative to Reinforced Concrete

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    2016-08-01

    78 Figure 103. Extensive missing grout revealed after steel strips removed. .......................... 79 Figure 104. Grout leaking through caulk...ERDC/CERL TR-16-16 79 Figure 103. Extensive missing grout revealed after steel strips removed. Figure 104. Grout leaking through caulk. ERDC...Abstract Cyclic loading and weathering of reinforced concrete bridge decks cause corrosion of reinforcement steel , which leads to cracking, potholes

  18. PS buildings : reinforced concrete structure for shielding "bridge" pillar

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    1956-01-01

    The PS ring traverses the region between the experimental halls South and North (buildings Nos 150 and 151) under massive bridge-shaped concrete beams. This pillar stands at the S-W end of the structure.

  19. Stiffness and Strength of Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composite Bridge Deck Systems

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    2002-01-01

    This research investigates two principal characteristics that are of primary importance in Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) bridge deck applications: STIFFNESS and STRENGTH. The research was undertaken by investigating the stiffness and strength characteristics of the multi-cellular FRP bridge deck systems consisting of pultruded FRP shapes. A systematic analysis procedure was developed for the stiffness analysis of multi-cellular FRP deck systems. This procedure uses the Method of Elasti...

  20. Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Bridge Design in the Netherlands: Architectural Challenges toward Innovative, Sustainable, and Durable Bridges

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    Joris Smits

    2016-01-01

    This paper reviews the use of fiber-reinforced polymers (FRPs) in architectural and structural bridge design in the Netherlands. The challenges and opportunities of this relatively new material, both for the architect and the engineer, are discussed. An inventory of recent structural solutions in FRP is included, followed by a discussion on architectural FRP applications derived from the architectural practice of the author and of other pioneers.

  1. Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Bridge Design in the Netherlands: Architectural Challenges toward Innovative, Sustainable, and Durable Bridges

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    Joris Smits

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper reviews the use of fiber-reinforced polymers (FRPs in architectural and structural bridge design in the Netherlands. The challenges and opportunities of this relatively new material, both for the architect and the engineer, are discussed. An inventory of recent structural solutions in FRP is included, followed by a discussion on architectural FRP applications derived from the architectural practice of the author and of other pioneers.

  2. Performance of Zinc Anodes for Cathodic Protection of Reinforced Concrete Bridges

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    Covino, Bernard S. Jr.; Cramer, Stephen D.; Bullard, Sophie J.; Holcomb, Gordon R.; Russell, James H.; Collins, W. Keith; Laylor, Martin H.; Cryer, Curtis B.

    2002-03-01

    Operation of thermal spray zinc (Zn) anodes for cathodic protection (CP) of reinforced concrete structures was investigated in laboratory and field studies conducted by the Albany Research Center (ARC) in collaboration with the Oregon Department of Transportation. The purposes of the research presented in this report were: evaluate the need for preheating concrete to improve the adhesion of the anode; estimate the service life of thermal spray Zn CP anodes; determine the optimum thickness for Zn CP anodes; characterize the anode-concrete interfacial chemistry; and correlate field and laboratory results. Laboratory studies involved accelerated electrochemical aging of thermal sprayed Zn anodes on concrete slabs, some of which were periodically wetted while others were unwetted. Concrete used in the slabs contained either 1.2 or 3 kg NaCl /m3 (2 or 5 lbs NaCl /yd3) as part of the concrete mix design. The Zn anodes were applied to the slabs using the twin wire arc-spray technique. Half of the slabs were preheated to 120-160 C (250-320 F) to improve the initial Zn anode bond strength and the other half were not. Accelerated aging was done at a current density of 0.032 A/m2 (3 mA/ft2), 15 times that used on Oregon DOT Coastal bridges, i.e, . 0.0022 A/m2 (0.2 mA/ft2) Cores from the Cape Creek Bridge (OR), the Richmond San Rafael Bridge (CA), and the East Camino Underpass (CA) were used to study the anode-concrete interfacial chemistry, to relate the chemistry to electrochemical age at the time of sampling, and to compare the chemistry of the field anodes to the chemistry of anodes from the laboratory studies. Cores from a CALTRANS study of a silane sealant used prior to the application of the Zn anodes and cores with galvanized rebar from the Longbird Bridge (Bermuda) were also studied. Aged laboratory and field anodes were characterized by measuring some or all of the following parameters: thickness, bond strength, anode-concrete interfacial chemistry, bulk chemistry

  3. Linear and Non-linear Analysis of Fibre Reinforced Plastic Bridge Deck due to Vehicle Loads

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    Ray, Chaitali; Mandal, Bibekananda

    2015-06-01

    The present work deals with linear and nonlinear static analysis of fibre reinforced plastics composite bridge deck structures using the finite element method. The nonlinear static analysis has been carried out considering geometric nonlinearity. The analysis of bridge deck has been carried out under vehicle load as specified by IRC Class B wheel load classification. The formulation has been carried out using the finite element software package ANSYS 14.0 and the SHELL281 element is used to model the bridge deck. The bridge deck has also been modeled as a plate stiffened with closely spaced hollow box sections and a computer code is developed based on this formulation. The results obtained from the present formulation are compared with those available in the published literature. A parametric study on the stiffened bridge deck has also been carried out with varying dimensions of the stiffeners under vehicle loads.

  4. Asset management business model for design, realization, and maintenance of fibre reinforced polymer bridges

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    Sebastian, R.

    2013-01-01

    This paper particularly addresses the market implementation of Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) for bridges. It presents the concept of demand and supply chain innovation as being investigated within two ongoing European collaborative research projects (FP7) titled Trans-IND and PANTURA. FRP has emerg

  5. Recommendations for the shear assessment of reinforced concrete slab bridges from experiments

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    Lantsoght, E.O.L.; Van der Veen, C.; Walraven, J.C.; De Boer, A.

    2013-01-01

    Upon assessment of existing reinforced concrete short-span solid slab bridges according to the recently implemented Eurocodes that include more conservative shear capacity provisions and heavier axle loads, a number of these structures were found to be shear-critical. The results from recent

  6. A bio-based fibre-reinforced plastic pedestrian bridge for Schiphol

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    Smits, J.E.P.; Gkaidatzis, R.

    2015-01-01

    The present paper investigates Bio-based fibre-reinforced plastics, used as a load-bearing element of a bridge. We aim to increase the renewable content and decreasing the embodied energy of FRP. To achieve that, the consisting raw materials of these plastics which are based on non-renewable resourc

  7. A bio-based fibre-reinforced plastic pedestrian bridge for Schiphol

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    Smits, J.E.P.; Gkaidatzis, R.

    2015-01-01

    The present paper investigates Bio-based fibre-reinforced plastics, used as a load-bearing element of a bridge. We aim to increase the renewable content and decreasing the embodied energy of FRP. To achieve that, the consisting raw materials of these plastics which are based on non-renewable resourc

  8. A bio-based fibre-reinforced plastic pedestrian bridge for Schiphol

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    Smits, J.E.P.; Gkaidatzis, R.

    2015-01-01

    The present paper investigates Bio-based fibre-reinforced plastics, used as a load-bearing element of a bridge. We aim to increase the renewable content and decreasing the embodied energy of FRP. To achieve that, the consisting raw materials of these plastics which are based on non-renewable

  9. Asset management business model for design, realization, and maintenance of fibre reinforced polymer bridges

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    Sebastian, R.

    2013-01-01

    This paper particularly addresses the market implementation of Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) for bridges. It presents the concept of demand and supply chain innovation as being investigated within two ongoing European collaborative research projects (FP7) titled Trans-IND and PANTURA. FRP has

  10. Durability assessment of concrete bridge deck considering waterproof membrane and epoxy-coated reinforcement

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    Petr Konečný

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The effect of waterproof membrane and steel reinforcement protection on the concrete bridge deck is modeled. The attention is paid to the durability prediction related to steel reinforcement corrosion initiation based on the chloride penetration. Thus 2-D finite element chloride ingress model is applied. The transient finite element model serves to solve Fick's second diffusion law using the computer tool compatible with the Matlab environment. The model focuses on the transport of chloride ions through a reinforced concrete bridge deck with and without the effect of waterproof membrane and on an estimate of the concentration of chlorides at the reinforcement level or in places with damage to the epoxide coating of the reinforcement. The model allows the incorporation of damage to the waterproof insulation under the asphalt coating. The time to chloride induced onset of corrosion is predicted and results are compared. The effect of water proof membrane reinforcement protection strategy typical for Central Europe and epoxy-coating protection widely used in North-Western United States is evaluated.

  11. Non-destructive inspection protocol for reinforced concrete barriers and bridge railings

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    Chintakunta, Satish R.; Boone, Shane D.

    2014-02-01

    Reinforced concrete highway barriers and bridge railings serve to prevent errant vehicles from departing the travel way at grade separations. Despite the important role that they play in maintaining safety and their ubiquitous nature, barrier inspection rarely moves beyond visual inspection. In August 2008, a tractor-trailer fatally departed William Preston Lane, Jr. Memorial Bridge after it dislodged a section of the bridge barrier. Investigations following the accident identified significant corrosion of the anchor bolts attaching the bridge railing to the bridge deck. As a result of the information gathered during its investigation of the accident, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) made recommendations to the Federal Highway Administration concerning Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) of concrete bridge railings. The Center for nondestructive evaluation (NDE) at Turner Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, VA is currently evaluating feasibility of using four technologies - ground penetrating radar (GPR), ultrasonic pulse-echo, digital radiography and infrared thermal imaging methods to develop bridge inspection methods that augment visual inspections, offer reliable measurement techniques, and are practical, both in terms of time and cost, for field inspection work. Controlled samples containing predefined corrosion levels in reinforcing steel were embedded at barrier connection points for laboratory testing. All four NDE techniques were used in the initial phase I testing. An inspection protocol for detecting and measuring the corrosion of reinforced steel embedded in the anchorage system will be developed as part of phase II research. The identified technologies shall be further developed for field testing utilizing a structure with a barrier in good condition and a structure with a barrier in poor condition.

  12. Parametric Study on Dynamic Response of Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composite Bridges

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    Woraphot Prachasaree

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Because of high strength and stiffness to low self-weight ratio and ease of field installation, fiber reinforced polymer (FRP composite materials are gaining popularity as the materials of choice to replace deteriorated concrete bridge decks. FRP bridge deck systems with lower damping compared to conventional bridge decks can lead to higher amplitudes of vibration causing dynamically active bridge deck leading serviceability problems. The FRP bridge models with different bridge configurations and loading patterns were simulated using finite element method. The dynamic response results under varying FRP deck system parameters were discussed and compared with standard specifications of bridge deck designs under dynamic loads. In addition, the dynamic load allowance equation as a function of natural frequency, span length, and vehicle speed was proposed in this study. The proposed dynamic load allowance related to the first flexural frequency was presented herein. The upper and lower bounds’ limits were established to provide design guidance in selecting suitable dynamic load allowance for FRP bridge systems.

  13. Interaction of Reinforced Elastomeric Bearings in Bridge Construction

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    Nittmannová Ľubica

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this paper is to demonstrate the behavior of reinforced elastomeric bearings under various loads. They are made of special types of bearings. The experimental verification of these special bearings has been tested on various types of loading. The results of the experimental measurements are compared with the results of the numerical modeling and calculations according to the standard assumptions in STN EN 1337-3. In the conclusion, the results are summarized for the selected types of bearings.

  14. Structural behavior of reinforced concrete slab rigid frame bridge with h-shaped steels

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    Fukada, Saiji; Kajikawa, Y.; Tokuno, M.

    2008-01-01

    The authors proposed a reinforced concrete slab bridge with H-shaped steels which has high load-carrying capacity in order to reduce the construction cost. Our past study clarified that H-shape steels without stud dowel and concrete could compose hybrid section and static load was equally distributed each H-shaped steel in elasticity stage. Considering the described above it is possible to design this type of bridge as composite. Moreover it clarified that the cyclically loaded this type brid...

  15. Pushover analysis of the seismic capacity of reinforced concrete double-column bridge piers

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    WANG Hongwei

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available This article deacribes the basic principle and implementation steps of the Pushover analysis method.By a numerical example,RC double-column piers with different lateral force distribution pattern,different heights and different reinforcement ratio were analyzed.The results show that the analysis results for lower piers of simple supported beam bridges are approximately identical under different lateral force distribution,while with the increase of pier height and longitudinal ratio of reinforcement,the displacement ductility factor is reduced.

  16. 混凝土桥梁事故成因分析及加固策略%Causes of concrete bridge accidents and bridge reinforcement strategies

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    陈军军

    2014-01-01

    通过回顾过去几年发生的一些影响较大的钢筋混凝土梁桥事故,分析了这些事故的原因,最后阐述了对钢筋混凝土梁桥进行加固所常用的一些方法。%By reviewing some of the reinforced concrete girder bridge accidents which have significant impact in the past few years, analyzes the causes of these accidents , and finally expounds the reinforcement of reinforced concrete girder bridge with the commonly used methods .

  17. Fibre-reinforced composite (FRC) bridge--a minimally destructive approach.

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    Van Rensburg, J J Jansen

    2015-05-01

    Replacing missing teeth is an integral part of the clinical services of the dental practitioner. The fibre-reinforced composite (FRC) bridge is a relatively new method for replacing missing teeth. This article will explain and discuss this alternative treatment option. Practical instructions on how to construct a FRC bridge will be given, by means of a clinical case. Different technique options will be illustrated to provide the reader with a good understanding of the most practical way to use the FRC strips. The fibre-reinforced composite provides a non-destructive, aesthetically pleasing and cost-effective way to restore missing teeth. Clinical Relevance: Minimally invasive options should always be considered and destruction of healthy enamel and dentine during the preparation phase of a replacement treatment should be avoided as much as possible.

  18. Hypodontia, ankylosis and infraocclusion: report of a case restored with a fibre-reinforced ceromeric bridge.

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    Sidhu, H K; Ali, A

    2001-12-08

    Retained primary molars without permanent successors often undergo progressive infra-occlusion, without predictable exfoliation. Early prophylactic removal, after assessment of root resorption and adjacent periodontal support loss as well as age of onset, is often indicated. This article describes the joint orthodontic-restorative care of such a case and describes an alternative method of restoration using a fibre-reinforced ceromeric bridge. As well as a conservative preparation and good aesthetics, an overlay restoration provided a fully functional occlusion.

  19. Fiber-reinforced composite anterior bridge in pediatric traumatology: clinical considerations.

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    Chafaie, Amir; Dahan, Serge; Le Gall, Michel

    2013-12-01

    This article describes the protocol for creation of a fiber-reinforced composite bridge for temporary treatment of traumatic tooth loss affecting young adult dentition. This non-invasive solution is justified by the time lapse between the end of orthodontic treatment and the moment when the state of maturity of the various tissues makes it possible to install a conventional or implant-based prosthesis.

  20. Strengthening an in-service reinforcement concrete bridge with prestressed CFRP bars

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    Hai-long WANG; Wei-liang JIN; David J.CLELAND; Ai-hui ZHANG

    2009-01-01

    Carbon fiber reinforced polymer(CFRP)bars were prestressed for the structural strengthening of 8 T-shaped rein-forced concrete (RC)beams of a 21-year-old bridge in China.The ultimate bearing capacity of the existing bridge after retrofit was discussed on the basis of concrete structures theory.The flexural strengths of RC beams strengthened with CFRP bars were controlled by the failure of concrete in compression and a prestressing method was applied in the retrofit.The field construction processes of strengthening with CFRP bars-including grouting cracks,cutting groove,grouting epoxy and embedding CFRP bars,surface treating,banding with the U-type CFRP sheets,releasing external prestressed steel tendons-were introduced in detail.In order to evaluate the effectiveness of this strengthening method,field tests using vehicles as live load were applied before and after the retrofit.The test results of deflection and concrete strain of the T-shaped beams with and without strengthening show that the capacity of the repaired bridge,including the bending strength and stiffness,is enhanced.The measurements of crack width also indicate that this strengthening method can enhance the durability of bridges.Therefore,the proposed strengthening technology is feasible and effective.

  1. Performance evaluation of corrosion-affected reinforced concrete bridge girders using Markov chains with fuzzy states

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    M B ANOOP; K BALAJI RAO

    2016-08-01

    A methodology for performance evaluation of reinforced concrete bridge girders in corrosive environments is proposed. The methodology uses the concept of performability and considers both serviceability- and ultimate-limit states. The serviceability limit states are defined based on the degree of cracking (characterized by crack width) in the girder due to chloride induced corrosion of reinforcement, and the ultimate limit states are defined based on the flexural load carrying capacity of the girder (characterized in terms of rating factor using the load and resistance factor rating method). The condition of the bridge girder is specified by the assignment of a condition state from a set of predefined condition states. Generally, the classification of condition states is linguistic, while the condition states are considered to be mutually exclusive and collectivelyexhaustive. In the present study, the condition states of the bridge girder are also represented by fuzzy sets to consider the ambiguities arising due to the linguistic classification of condition states. A non-homogeneous Markov chain (MC) model is used for modeling the condition state evolution of the bridge girder with time. The usefulness of the proposed methodology is demonstrated through a case study of a severely distressed beam of the Rocky Point Viaduct. The results obtained using the proposed approach are compared with those obtained using conventional MC model. It is noted that the use of MC with fuzzy states leads to conservative decision making for the problem considered in the case study.

  2. Effect of Fiber Layers on the Fracture Resistance of Fiber Reinforced Composite Bridges

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    A Fazel

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The purpose of this in vitro study was to introduce the fiber reinforced composite bridges and evaluate the most suitable site and position for placement of fibers in order to get maximum strength. Methods: The study included 20 second premolars and 20 second molars selected for fabricating twenty fiber reinforced composite bridges. Twenty specimens were selected for one fiber layer and the remaining teeth for two fiber layers. In the first group, fibers were placed in the inferior third and in the second group, fibers were placed in both the middle and inferior third region. After tooth preparation, the restorations were fabricated, thermocycled and then loaded with universal testing machine in the middle of the pontics with crosshead speed of 1mm/min. Data was analyzed by Kolmogorov-Smirnov test, Independent sample t test and Kaplan-Meier test. Mode of failure was evaluated using stereomicroscope. Results: Mean fracture resistance for the first and second groups was 1416±467N and 1349±397N, respectively. No significant differences were observed between the groups (P>0.05.In the first group, 5 specimens had delamintation and 5 specimens had detachment between fibers and resin composite. In the second group, there were 4 and 6 delaminations and detachments, respectively. There was no fracture within the fiber. Conclusion: In the fiber reinforced fixed partial dentures, fibers reinforce the tensile side of the connectors but placement of additional fibers at other sites does not increase the fracture resistance of the restoration.

  3. Estimation of Tsunami Bore Forces on a Coastal Bridge Using an Extreme Learning Machine

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    Iman Mazinani

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper proposes a procedure to estimate tsunami wave forces on coastal bridges through a novel method based on Extreme Learning Machine (ELM and laboratory experiments. This research included three water depths, ten wave heights, and four bridge models with a variety of girders providing a total of 120 cases. The research was designed and adapted to estimate tsunami bore forces including horizontal force, vertical uplift and overturning moment on a coastal bridge. The experiments were carried out on 1:40 scaled concrete bridge models in a wave flume with dimensions of 24 m × 1.5 m × 2 m. Two six-axis load cells and four pressure sensors were installed to the base plate to measure forces. In the numerical procedure, estimation and prediction results of the ELM model were compared with Genetic Programming (GP and Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs models. The experimental results showed an improvement in predictive accuracy, and capability of generalization could be achieved by the ELM approach in comparison with GP and ANN. Moreover, results indicated that the ELM models developed could be used with confidence for further work on formulating novel model predictive strategy for tsunami bore forces on a coastal bridge. The experimental results indicated that the new algorithm could produce good generalization performance in most cases and could learn thousands of times faster than conventional popular learning algorithms. Therefore, it can be conclusively obtained that utilization of ELM is certainly developing as an alternative approach to estimate the tsunami bore forces on a coastal bridge.

  4. An investigation of the seismic behavior of a deck-type reinforced concrete arch bridge

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    Farahani, Emadoddin Majdabadi; Maalek, Shahrokh

    2017-07-01

    This paper attempts to explore potential benefits of form in a deck-type reinforced concrete (RC) arch bridge in connection with its overall seismic behavior and performance. Through a detailed three-dimensional finite element modeling and analysis of an actual existing deck-type RC arch bridge, some useful quantitative information have been derived that may serve for a better understanding of the seismic behavior of such arch bridges. A series of the nonlinear dynamic analyses has been carried out under the action of seven different time histories of ground motion scaled to the AASHTO 2012 response spectrum. The concept of demand to capacity ratios has been employed to provide an initial estimation of the seismic performance of the bridge members. As a consequence of the structural form, a particular type of irregularity is introduced due to variable heights of columns transferring the deck loads to the main arch. Hence, a particular attention has been paid to the internal force/moment distributions within the short, medium, and long columns as well as along the main arch. A study of the effects of the vertical component of ground motion has demonstrated the need for the inclusion of these effects in the analysis of such bridges.

  5. Effect of cracking and randomness of inputs on corrosion initiation of reinforced concrete bridge decks exposed to chlorides

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    P. Konecny

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper is aimed at the indicative evaluation of the effect of random scatter of input parameters in case of durability of reinforced concrete bridge deck. The time to onset of corrosion of steel reinforcement of concrete bridge deck exposed to chloride is evaluated. The effect of cracking in concrete onto chloride ingress is considered. The selected steel reinforcement protection strategies are: unprotected steel reinforcement, epoxy-coated steel reinforcement and water-proof barrier bellow asphalt overlay. The preliminary model for damage effect on chloride ion ingress through water proof membrane under penetrable asphalt overlay is used. 2-D finite element chloride ingress model is combined with Monte Carlo simulation technique. The innovative crack effect modeling via highly penetrable elements is applied. Deterministic and probabilistic calculations are compared.

  6. Evaluation of ozone for preventing fungal influenced corrosion of reinforced concrete bridges over the River Nile, Egypt.

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    Geweely, Neveen S I

    2011-04-01

    Fungal influenced corrosion (FIC) of some corroded sites in three selected bridges [Embaba bridge (E-bridge), Kasr al-Nile-bridge (K-bridge) and University bridge (U-bridge)] located over the River Nile in Egypt were investigated. Six fungal species, belong to 12 fungal genera, were isolated from the corroded reinforced concrete of the three tested bridges. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) was screened for the most dominant fungal species (Fusarium oxysporium) which showed in all tested bridges that indicated the presence of amine group accompanied with polysaccharides contents. FIC of the most deteriorated bridge (K-bridge) was documented with FTIR. The association of fungal spores with corrosion products was recorded with scanning electron microscope (SEM). Evaluation of ozone for preventing FIC of the K-bridge was carried out by recording the corrosion rate and the corresponding inhibition efficiency (IE%). No mycelial growth with 100% IE was observed at 3 ppm ozone concentration after 120 min exposure time. With longer duration of ozone exposure, the membrane permeability of F. oxysporium was compromised as indicated by protein and nucleic acid leakages accompanied with lipid and tryptophan oxidation. The total intracellular and extracellular proteins of F. oxysporium were run on sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) indicated the increasing of the supernatant protein on the expense of the cellular protein bands with extending ozone exposure time (0-80 min).

  7. Pembuatan Adhesive Bridge dengan Fiber Reinforced Composite untuk Perawatan Kehilangan dan Kegoyahan Gigi Anterior Rahang Bawah

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    Demmy Wijaya

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Salah satu perawatan kehilangan gigi anterior untuk tujuan estetis adalah dengan adhesive bridge. Fiber Reinforced Composite (FRC adalah bahan struktural yang terdiri dari 2 konstituen yang berbeda. Komponen penguat (fiber memberikan kekuatan dan kekakuan, sedangkan matriks (resin komposit mendukung penguatan. Bahan FRC dapat digunakan untuk pembuatan adhesive bridge dan juga dapat digunakan sebagai stabilisasi gigi yang mengalami kegoyahan. Adanya gigi pendukung yang sehat juga sangat membantu keberhasilan perawatan ini. Laporan kasus ini bertujuan untuk memberikan informasi tentang penatalaksanaan perawatan kehilangan dan kegoyahan gigi anterior rahang bawah menggunakan FRC. Seorang pasien laki-laki berusia 33 tahun datang ke klinik Prostodonsia RSGM Prof. Soedomo ingin dibuatkan gigi tiruan. Pasien kehilangan gigi 31, gigi 32, gigi 41 dan mengalami kegoyahan derajat 2 disertai resesi gingiva. Kondisi tersebut akibat pasca pembuatan gigi tiruan di tukang gigi. Pasien tidak ingin giginya yang goyah dilakukan pencabutan. Tatalaksana kasus: pencetakan rahang untuk model diagnostik, pembuatan mock-up pontik gigi 31 pada model diagnostik, pembuatan index dengan mencetak bagian lingual dan 1/3 incisal menggunakan putty, preparasi gigi penyangga (gigi 32, 33, 41, 42, 43, pemasangan fiber dengan bantuan index putty, pembentukan bagian labial pontik dengan komposit, finishing dan polishing. Kesimpulan: Fiber reinforced composite dapat dipakai untuk pengelolaan pasien yang mengalami kehilangan dan kegoyahan gigi anterior rahang bawah. Adhesive Bridge of Fiber Reinforced Composite to Treat Tooth Missing and Luxation of Lower Anterior Teeth. One of the anterior tooth loss treatments for esthetic purposes is the adhesive bridge. Fiber Reinforced Composite (FRC is a structural material that consists of two different constituencies. Amplifier components (fiber provide strength and stiffness, while matrix (resin composite support reinforcement. FRC materials

  8. Simulating the Effects of Surface Roughness on Reinforced Concrete T Beam Bridge under Single and Multiple Vehicles

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    Rahul Kalyankar

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available This research focuses on the application of the spatial system of finite element modeling for the vehicle-bridge interaction on reinforced concrete US Girder Bridge in order to obtain the effect of surface roughness. Single vehicle and multiple vehicles on reinforced concrete T beam bridge were studied with variable surface roughness profiles. The effects of six different surface roughness profiles (very good, good, measured, average, poor, and very poor were investigated for vehicle-bridge interaction. The values of the Dynamic Amplification Factor (DAF were obtained for single and multiple vehicles on T Beam Bridge for different surface roughness profiles, along with the distances between the axles of heavy vehicle. It was observed that when the bridge has very good, good, measured, and average surface roughness, the DAF values for the single vehicle over the bridge were observed to be within acceptable limits specified by AASHTO. However, for the bridge with multiple vehicles only very good and measured surface roughness profiles showed a DAF and vehicle axle distances within the acceptable limits. From the current studies, it was observed that the spatial system showed reliable responses for predicting the behavior of the bridge under variable road surface roughness conditions and was reliable in vehicle axle detection, and therefore, it has a potential to be use for realistic simulations.

  9. Finite Element Analysis of IPS –Empress II Ceramic Bridge Reinforced by Zirconia Bar

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    Allahyar Geramy

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: The aim of this study was to determine the effect of trenched zirconia bar on the von Mises stress distribution of IPS –Empress II core ceramics.Material and Methods: The three-dimensional model including a three-unit bridge from the second premolar to the second molar was designed. The model was reinforced with zirconia bar (ZB, zirconia bar with vertical trench (VZB, and zirconia bar with horizontal trench (HZB (cross sections of these bars were circular. The model without zirconia bar was designed as the control. The bridges were loaded by 200 N and 500 N on the occlusal surface at the middle of the pontic component, and Von-Mises stresses were evaluated along a defined path.Result: In the connector area, VonMises stress in MPa were approximately identical in the specimens with ZB (at molar connector (MC: 4.75, and at premolar connector (PC: 6.40 and without ZB (MC: 5.50, PC: 6.68, and considerable differences were not recognized. Whereas, Von-Mises stress (MPa in the specimens with horizontal trenched Zirconia bar (HZB (MC: 3.91, PC: 2.44 and Vertical trenched Zirconia bar (VZB (MC: 2.53, PC: 2.56 was decreased considerably.Conclusion: Embeded trenched zirconia bar could reinforce IPS-Empress II at the connector area which is a main failure region in all ceramic fixed partial dentures.

  10. Bridging the Gap between Reinforcement Learning and Knowledge Representation: A Logical Off- and On-Policy Framework

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    Saad, Emad

    2010-01-01

    Knowledge Representation is important issue in reinforcement learning. In this paper, we bridge the gap between reinforcement learning and knowledge representation, by providing a rich knowledge representation framework, based on normal logic programs with answer set semantics, that is capable of solving model-free reinforcement learning problems for more complex do-mains and exploits the domain-specific knowledge. We prove the correctness of our approach. We show that the complexity of finding an offline and online policy for a model-free reinforcement learning problem in our approach is NP-complete. Moreover, we show that any model-free reinforcement learning problem in MDP environment can be encoded as a SAT problem. The importance of that is model-free reinforcement

  11. Vertical impedance measurements of concrete bridge deck cover condition without a direct electrical connection to the reinforcing steel

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    Mazzeo, Brian A.; Baxter, Jared; Barton, Jeffrey; Guthrie, W. Spencer

    2017-02-01

    Vertical impedance measurements provide significant quantitative information about the ability of concrete cover to slow the penetration of chloride ions that can corrode steel reinforcement in a bridge deck. The primary limitations preventing the widespread adoption of vertical impedance for assessment of concrete bridge decks are (1) the necessity to have a direct electrical connection to the embedded steel reinforcement and (2) the low speeds of data acquisition. This work presents solutions to both limitations. A method using a large-area electrode as a reference electrode for vertical impedance testing is validated using both simulations and measurements in the field.

  12. Development of a rapid design procedure for emergency repair of bridge columns using fiber-reinforced polymers

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    Slater, Susan E.

    2008-01-01

    Fiber reinforced polymers (FRP) are increasingly used for seismic retrofit of undamaged bridge columns. The addition of a confining jacket increases overall strength and ductility of the column. However, FRPs can also be used for repair of a damaged bridge column after a seismic event. This research project explores the application of FRPs for retrofit of damaged circular columns. A decision tree for the emergency repair of damaged columns is presented. The decision tree aids field engineers ...

  13. The Non-Destructive Test of Steel Corrosion in Reinforced Concrete Bridges Using a Micro-Magnetic Sensor

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    Hong Zhang; Leng Liao; Ruiqiang Zhao; Jianting Zhou; Mao Yang; Runchuan Xia

    2016-01-01

    This paper presents a non-destructive test method for steel corrosion in reinforced concrete bridges by using a 3-dimensional digital micro-magnetic sensor to detect and analyze the self-magnetic field leakage from corroded reinforced concrete. The setup of the magnetic scanning device and the measurement mode of the micro-magnetic sensor are introduced. The numerical analysis model is also built based on the linear magnetic charge theory. Compared to the self-magnetic field leakage data obta...

  14. Influence of Excitation on Dynamic System Identification for a Multi-Span Reinforced Concrete Bridge

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    M. Alwash

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available In vibration-based damage detection, changes to structural modal properties are tracked over time in order to infer the current state of damage or deterioration. As such, the ability to obtain reliable estimates of modal parameters, particularly natural frequencies and mode shapes, is of critical importance. In the present study, the influence of the dynamic excitation source on the accuracy and statistical uncertainty of modal property estimates for a three span reinforced concrete bridge was investigated experimentally and numerically. Comparisons were made between the dynamic responses due to vehicle loading, harmonic and random forcing, impact, and environmental excitation. It was demonstrated that natural frequencies and mode shapes extracted from the free vibration response following vehicle and random loading events were of higher quality than corresponding values determined during the forcing phase of those events. Harmonic excitation at resonant frequencies and impact were also found to produce statistically reliable results.

  15. Probabilistic lifetime performance and structural capacity analysis of continuous reinforced concrete slab bridges

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    Gao, Zhicheng; Liang, Robert Y.; Patnaik, Anil K.

    2017-09-01

    A reliability-based method was developed for predicting the initiation time and the probability of flexural failure for continuous slab bridges with load-induced cracks exposed to chloride environment resulting from de-icing salts. A practical methodology was used for predicting the diffusion coefficient of chloride ingress into the pre-existing load-induced cracks in concrete. The reduction in the cross-sectional area of the reinforcement due to corrosion was included in the model. The proposed methodology accounts for uncertainties in the strength demand, structural capacity, and corrosion models, as well as uncertainties in environmental conditions, material properties, and structural geometry. All probabilistic data on uncertainties were estimated from the information contained in previous experimental and statistical studies. As an application of the proposed model, a three-span continuous slab bridge in Ohio is presented for demonstration of the developed methodology. A comparison of results clearly shows the importance of considering the effects of the load-induced cracks for correct prediction of the initiation of corrosion time and the critical time to maintain structural integrity.

  16. Asset Management Business Model for Design, Realization, and Maintenance of Fibre Reinforced Polymer Bridges

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    Rizal Sebastian

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper particularly addresses the market implementation of Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP for bridges. It presents the concept of demand and supply chain innovation as being investigated within two ongoing European collaborative research projects (FP7 titled Trans-IND and PANTURA. FRP has emerged as a real alternative structural material based on various sustainability considerations, among others the reduced life-cycle cost due to less maintenance needs, longer lifetime, and easiness to repair, replace, or recycle the components. The Trans-IND research project aims to develop and demonstrate new industrialized processes to use FRP for civil infrastructure projects at a large scale. In order to be cost effective, a new value-chain strategy for the design, realization, and maintenance of FRP bridges is required to replace the fragmented supply chain and the one-off approach to a construction project. This paper focuses on the development of new business models based on asset management strategy, which covers the entire demand and supply chains. Research on new business models is supported by the insight into the market and regulatory frameworks in different EU countries. This is based on field surveys across the EU that have been carried out as a part of the Trans-IND and PANTURA collaborative research projects.

  17. Stiffness and strength of fiber reinforced polymer composite bridge deck systems

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    Zhou, Aixi

    This research investigates two principal characteristics that are of primary importance in Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) bridge deck applications: STIFFNESS and STRENGTH. The research was undertaken by investigating the stiffness and strength characteristics of the multi-cellular FRP bridge deck systems consisting of pultruded FRP shapes. A systematic analysis procedure was developed for the stiffness analysis of multi-cellular FRP deck systems. This procedure uses the Method of Elastic Equivalence to model the cellular deck as an equivalent orthotropic plate. The procedure provides a practical method to predict the equivalent orthotropic plate properties of cellular FRP decks. Analytical solutions for the bending analysis of single span decks were developed using classical laminated plate theory. The analysis procedures can be extended to analyze continuous FRP decks. It can also be further developed using higher order plate theories. Several failure modes of the cellular FRP deck systems were recorded and analyzed through laboratory and field tests and Finite Element Analysis (FEA). Two schemes of loading patches were used in the laboratory test: a steel patch made according to the ASSHTO's bridge testing specifications; and a tire patch made from a real truck tire reinforced with silicon rubber. The tire patch was specially designed to simulate service loading conditions by modifying real contact loading from a tire. Our research shows that the effects of the stiffness and contact conditions of loading patches are significant in the stiffness and strength testing of FRP decks. Due to the localization of load, a simulated tire patch yields larger deflection than the steel patch under the same loading level. The tire patch produces significantly different failure compared to the steel patch: a local bending mode with less damage for the tire patch; and a local punching-shear mode for the steel patch. A deck failure function method is proposed for predicting the

  18. Study Based on Bridge Health Monitoring System on Multihazard Load Combinations of Earthquake and Truck Loads for Bridge Design in the Southeast Coastal Areas of China

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    Dezhang Sun

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Similar to American LRFD Bridge Design Specifications, the current Chinese bridge design code is fully calibrated against gravity load and live load. Earthquake load is generally considered alone and has its own methodology, however, which is not covered in the code in a consistent probability-based fashion. Earthquake load and truck load are the main loads considered in the basis of bridge design in more than 70% of seismic areas in China. They are random processes, and their combination is the main subject of this paper. Seismic characteristics of southeast coastal areas of China are discussed and an earthquake probability curve is calculated through seismic risk analysis. Using measured truck load data from a Bridge Health Monitoring System, the multimodal characteristics of truck load are analyzed and a probability model for a time interval t is obtained by fitting results and reliability theory. Then, a methodology is presented to combine earthquake load and truck load on a probabilistic basis. To illustrate this method, truck load and earthquake load combinations are used. Results conceptually illustrate that truck load and earthquake load are not dominant in southeast coastal areas of China, but the effect of their combination is. This methodology quantitatively demonstrates that the design is controlled by truck load in most ranges; that is, truck load is more important to bridge design in the region.

  19. Numerical Hybrid Simulation Modeling Verification for a Curved 3-Pier Bridge (Investigation of Combined Actions on Reinforced Concrete Bridge Piers (CABER Project

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    Adel Abdelnaby

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Reinforced concrete bridge piers are subjected to complex loading conditions under earthquake ground motions. Bridge geometric irregularities and asymmetries result in combined actions imposed on the piers as a combination of displacements and rotations in all six degrees of freedom at the pier-deck juncture. Existing analytical tools have proven their inadequacy in representing the actual behavior of piers under these combined actions, particularly in their inelastic range. The objective of this investigation is to develop a fundamental understanding of the effects of these combined actions on the performance of RC piers and the resulting system response. This paper describes a part of the CABER project that verifies the numerical hybrid simulation of the curved bridge. In this part two models were introduced, a whole model and a sub-structured hybrid model. The whole model was established using the Zeus-NL analysis platform, which is capable of performing inelastic nonlinear response history analysis of the whole curved bridge. The hybrid model was divided into three modules which comprised the deck, left and right piers, and the middle pier of the bridge. The three modules were modeled by Zeus-NL as a static analysis module interface. The simulation coordinator (SimCor software was utilized to communicate between these modules using a Pseudo-Dynamic time integration scheme. Results obtained from both models were compared and conclusions were drawn.

  20. Acoustic emission evaluation of reinforced concrete bridge beam with graphite composite laminate

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    Johnson, Dan E.; Shen, H. Warren; Finlayson, Richard D.

    2001-07-01

    A test was recently conducted on August 1, 2000 at the FHwA Non-Destructive Evaluation Validation Center, sponsored by The New York State DOT, to evaluate a graphite composite laminate as an effective form of retrofit for reinforced concrete bridge beam. One portion of this testing utilized Acoustic Emission Monitoring for Evaluation of the beam under test. Loading was applied to this beam using a two-point loading scheme at FHwA's facility. This load was applied in several incremental loadings until the failure of the graphite composite laminate took place. Each loading culminated by either visual crack location or large audible emissions from the beam. Between tests external cracks were located visually and highlighted and the graphite epoxy was checked for delamination. Acoustic Emission data was collected to locate cracking areas of the structure during the loading cycles. To collect this Acoustic Emission data, FHwA and NYSDOT utilized a Local Area Monitor, an Acoustic Emission instrument developed in a cooperative effort between FHwA and Physical Acoustics Corporation. Eight Acoustic Emission sensors were attached to the structure, with four on each side, in a symmetrical fashion. As testing progressed and culminated with beam failure, Acoustic Emission data was gathered and correlated against time and test load. This paper will discuss the analysis of this test data.

  1. Bridge Management Systems

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    Thoft-Christensen, Palle

    In this paper bridge management systems are discussed with special emphasis on management systems for reinforced concrete bridges. Management systems for prestressed concrete bridges, steel bridges, or composite bridges can be developed in a similar way....

  2. Corrosion behavior of rebar for intermittent cathodic protection of coastal bridges

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    Ziomek-Moroz, M. | Cramer, S.D. | Covino, B.S., Jr. | Bullard, S.J. | Holcomb, G.R. | Russell, J.H. | Windisch, Jr., C.F. (PNNL)

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    A number of reinforced concrete bridges on the Oregon coast are protected against chloride-induced corrosion damage by means of impressed current cathodic protection (ICCP). Thermal-sprayed Zn serves as the anode in these systems. Rebar in the concrete can remain passive and protected for some period of time after the CP system is turned off. The active-passive corrosion behavior of rebar in simulated pore solution (SPS) was investigated as a function of pH and Cl- concentration as part of a study of intermittent ICCP operation. Rebar corrosion rates in SPS were determined from polarization curves by fitting the Butler-Volmer equation and the linear polarization equation. Analysis of the passive film in SPS by x-ray diffraction and surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy showed it to be largely Fe3O4. However, the Fe(OH)2 content increased with cathodic polarization time.

  3. Analysis of the Influence of Organic Corrosion Inhibitors on Corrosion of Reinforcement in Concrete Bridge Structure Under Simulated Field Service Environment

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    Shi, Liang; Ye, J.; C. C. CHEN; Wu, Y; Liu, J. Z.

    2014-01-01

    For concrete bridge projects in marine environments, attention must be paid to the reinforcement corrosion problems caused by chloride intrusion. As kinds of functional admixtures, which can reduce the reinforcement corrosion rate, corrosion inhibitors are becoming very popular in China in new bridge projects. Corrosion inhibitors cover both inorganic and organic inhibitors. Nitrite is representative of inorganic corrosion inhibitors, but its carcinogenicity has hindered its further developme...

  4. Carbon fiber-reinforced polymer strengthening and monitoring of the grondals bridge in Sweden

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    Täljsten, Björn; Hejll, Arvid; James, Gerard

    2007-01-01

    The Grondal Bridge is a large freivorbau bridge (prestressed concrete box bridge), approximately 400 min length with a free span of 120 m. It was opened to tram traffic in the year 2000. Just after opening cracks were noticed in the webs, these cracks have then increased, the size of the largest ...

  5. Extent Layers for High-Resolution Orthorectified Imagery from 2003 for the Coastal Areas of Bering Land Bridge NP (BELA) and Cape Krusenstern NM (CAKR), Northwest Alaska

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    National Park Service, Department of the Interior — This vector shapefile is one of two layers that depict the extent of the 2003 digital orthophoto mosaic for the coastal and nearshore areas of Bering Land Bridge...

  6. Digitized Shorelines from Approximately 1950 1980, and 2003 for the Coastal Areas of Bering Land Bridge NP (BELA) and Cape Krusenstern NM (CAKR), Northwest Alaska

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  7. Use of Just in Time Maintenance of Reinforced Concrete Bridge Structures based on Real Historical Data Deterioration Models

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    Abu-Tair A.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Concrete is the backbone of any developed economy. Concrete can suffer from a large number of deleterious effects including physical, chemical and biological causes. Large owning bridge structures organizations are facing very serious questions when asking for maintenance budgets. The questions range from needing to justify the need for the work, its urgency, to also have to predict or show the consequences of delayed rehabilitation of a particular structure. There is therefore a need for a probabilistic model that can estimate the range of service lives of bridge populations and also the likelihood of level of deteriorations it can reached for every incremental time interval. A model was developed for such estimation based on statistical data from actual inspection records of a large reinforced concrete bridge portfolio. The method used both deterministic and stochastic methods to predict the service life of a bridge, using these service lives in combination with the just in time (JIT principle of management would enable maintenance managers to justify the need for action and the budgets needed, to intervene at the optimum time in the life of the structure and that of the deterioration. The paper will report on the model which is based on a large database of deterioration records of concrete bridges covering a period of over 60 years and include data from over 400 bridge structures. The paper will also illustrate how the service life model was developed and how these service lives combined with the JIT can be used to effectively allocate resources and use them to keep a major infrastructure asset moving with little disruption to the transport system and its users.

  8. Demonstration and Validation of a Composite Grid Reinforcement System for Bridge Decks

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    forced concrete bridge decks. Gridform consists of two layers of pultruded grating members that are separated by FRP shear connectors with nylon bolts...span of the bridge. Two ground wires were installed for redundancy. Meas- urements from each ground should theoretically be identical. An Extech 540

  9. Seismic Analysis for Rigid-Framed Prestressed Reinforced Concrete Bridge in Tianjin Light Railway

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    丁阳; 李楠; 李忠献

    2004-01-01

    The seismic analysis of a rigid-framed prestressed concrete bridge in Tianjin Light Railway is performed. A 3-D dynamic finite element model of the bridge is established considering the weakening effect caused by the soft soil foundation. After the dynamic characteristics are calculated in terms of natural frequencies and modes, the seismic analysis is carried out using the modal response spectrum method and the time-history method, respectively. Based on the calculated results, the reasonable design values are finally suggested as the basis of the seismic design of the bridge, and meanwhile the problems encountered were also analyzed. Finally, some conclusions are drawn as: 1) Despite the superiority of rigid-framed prestressed concrete bridge, the upper and lower ends of the piers of the bridge are proved to be the crucial parts of the bridge, which are easily destroyed under designed earthquake excitations and should be carefully analyzed and designed; 2) The soft soil foundation can possibly result in rather weakening of the lateral rigidity of the rigid-framed bridge, and should be paid considerable attention; 3) The modal response spectrum method, combined with time-history method, is suggested for the seismic analysis in engineering design of the rigid-framed prestressed concrete bridge.

  10. Assessment of seismic performance of skew reinforced concrete box girder bridges

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    Abdel-Mohti, Ahmed; Pekcan, Gokhan

    2013-12-01

    The seismic vulnerability of highway bridges remains an important problem and has received increased attention as a consequence of unprecedented damage observed during several major earthquakes. A significant number of research studies have examined the performance of skew bridges under service and seismic loads. The results of these studies are particularly sensitive to modeling assumptions in view of the interacting parameters. In the present study, three-dimensional improved beam-stick models of two-span highway bridges with skew angles varying from 0° to 60° are developed to investigate the seismic response characteristics of skew box girder bridges. The relative accuracy of beam-stick models is verified against counterpart finite element models. The effect of various parameters and conditions on the overall seismic response was examined such as skew angle, ground motion intensity, soil condition, abutment support conditions, bridge aspect ratio, and foundation-base conditions. The study shows that the improved beam-stick models can be used to conduct accurate nonlinear time history analysis of skew bridges. Skew angle and interacting parameters were found to have significant effect on the behavior of skewed highway bridges. Furthermore, the performance of shear keys may have a predominant effect on the overall seismic response of the skew bridges.

  11. Impact of Plastic Hinge Properties on Capacity Curve of Reinforced Concrete Bridges

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    Nasim Shatarat

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Pushover analysis is becoming recently the most practical tool for nonlinear analysis of regular and irregular highway bridges. The nonlinear behaviour of structural elements in this type of analysis can be modeled through automated-hinge or user-defined hinge models. The nonlinear properties of the user-defined hinge model for existing highway bridges can be determined in accordance with the recommendations of the Seismic Retrofit Manual by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA-SRM. Finite element software such as the software SAP2000 offers a simpler and easier approach to determine the nonlinear hinge properties through the automated-hinge model which are determined automatically from the member material and cross section properties. However, the uncertainties in using the automated-hinge model in place of user-defined hinge model have never been addressed, especially for existing and widened bridges. In response to this need, pushover analysis was carried out for four old highway bridges, of which two were widened using the same superstructure but with more attention to seismic detailing requirements. The results of the analyses showed noticeable differences in the capacity curves obtained utilizing the user-defined and automated-hinge models. The study recommends that bridge design manuals clearly ask bridge designers to evaluate the deformation capacities of existing bridges and widened bridges using user-defined hinge model that is determined in accordance with the provisions of the FHWA-SRM.

  12. In vitro evaluation of fracture resistance of Fiber-Reinforced Composite inlay bridges in upper anterior and lower posterior teeth

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    Jalalian E.

    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available Background and Aim: Considering flexural strength of fiber-reinforced composites (FRC and also the role of conservative cavities in protecting sound tissue of abutments, the aim of this study was to evaluate the fracture resistance of these bridges by handmade samples in vitro.Materials and Methods: In this experimental in vitro study, 44 sound newly extracted teeth were used to make 22 fixed inlay bridges including 11 three unit anterior upper inlay bridges substituting clinical model of upper central and 11 three unit posterior lower inlay bridges substituting clinical model of lower first molar. Specimens were prepared with FRC and mounted with artificial PDL in acryl. Cases were exposed to final load by using Universal Testing Machine (Instron 1195 with the speed of 1 mm/min. Statistical analysis was performed by Kolmogorov- Smirnov, independent sample T and Kaplan-Meier tests with p<0.05 as the level of significance.Results: Based on the statistical tests, the 95% confidence interval of mean was 450-562 N in anterior and  1473- 1761 N in posterior area. Fracture strength was high in the studied groups. Fractures in both groups occurred on composite facing, and the framework remained intact. The highest percentage of fracture in posterior teeth was in the middle of pontic towards the distal connector and in the anterior teeth in the lateral connector, between central pontic and lateral abutment. Using the independent sample T  test a significant statistical difference was observed between two groups (P<0.001. The fracture resistance of anterior samples was lower than the posterior ones.Conclusion: Based on the results of this study regarding the high fracture resistance in both areas FRC inlay bridges could be recommended for upper anterior and lower posterior teeth in clinical dentistry certainly more studies are needed to ascertain this treatment option.

  13. Comparison and calibration of numerical models from monitoring data of a reinforced concrete highway bridge

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    R. G. M. de Andrade

    Full Text Available The last four decades were important for the Brazilian highway system. Financial investments were made so it could expand and many structural solutions for bridges and viaducts were developed. In parallel, there was a significant raise of pathologies in these structures, due to lack of maintenance procedures. Thus, this paper main purpose is to create a short-term monitoring plan in order to check the structural behavior of a curved highway concrete bridge in current use. A bridge was chosen as a case study. A hierarchy of six numerical models is shown, so it can validate the bridge's structural behaviour. The acquired data from the monitoring was compared with the finest models so a calibration could be made.

  14. Numerical Analysis on Variation of Dynamic Response of Girder Bridges with Torsional Reinforcement Panels

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    Kang Jae-Yoon

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The dynamic flexural behaviour of the railway bridge is influenced by its torsional behaviour. Especially, in the case of girder railway bridges, the dynamic response tends to amplify when the natural frequency in flexure (1st vibration mode is close to that in torsion (2nd vibration mode. In order to prevent such situation, it is necessary to adopt a flexural-to-torsional natural frequency ratio larger than 120%. This study proposes a solution shifting the natural frequency in torsion to high frequency range and restraining torsion by installing concrete panels on the bottom flange of the girder so as to prevent the superposition of the responses in the girder bridge. The applicability of this solution is examined by finite element analysis of the shift of the torsional natural frequency and change in the dynamic response according to the installation of the concrete panels. The analytical results for a 30 m-span girder railway bridge indicate that installing the concrete panels increases the natural frequency in torsion by restraining the torsional behaviour and reduces also the overall dynamic response. It is seen that the installation of 100 mm-thick concrete panels along a section of 4 m at both extremities of the girder can reduce the dynamic response by more than 30%.

  15. Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites in Bridges: A State-of-the-Art Report

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    2005-05-01

    address FRP composite topics related to concrete such as research needs, repair, rebar, prestressing, and stay-in-place structural formwork . Several...two vehicular lanes, two bike lanes, a pedestrian walkway, and a utility service tunnel . As of 2005 the bridge had not been constructed. 27

  16. A software prototype for assessing the reliability of a concrete bridge superstructure subjected to chloride-induced reinforcement corrosion

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    Schneider, Ronald; Thöns, Sebastian; Fischer, Johannes

    2014-01-01

    A software prototype is developed for assessing and updating the reliability of single-cell prestressed concrete box girders subjected to chloride-induced reinforcement corrosion. The underlying system model consists of two integrated sub-models: a condition model for predicting the deterioration...... through Bayesian updating on the basis of the DBN model. To demonstrate the effect of partial inspections, the software prototype is applied to a case study of a typical highway bridge with six spans. The case study illustrates that it is possible to infer the condition of uninspected parts...... state of the box girder and a structural model for evaluating the overall system reliability. The condition model is based on a dynamic Bayesian network (DBN) model which considers the spatial variation of the corrosion process. Inspection data are included in the calculation of the system reliability...

  17. Research on Reinforcement Technology for Treating Earthquake Disaster of Bridge%桥梁震害加固技术研究

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    王丙堤

    2013-01-01

    Research purposes: After the bridge is impacted by earthquake, the main girder will displace, and the girder falling, the earthquake disaster of the bridge pier and the damages of the supporting seat and abutment will happen, resulting in partially or fully losing the load bearing capacity of the bridge. The research was done on regaining the original load bearing capacity of the bridge by adopting the reinforcement technology for the purpose of providing the reference to the similar works. Research conclusions: From the research on the reinforcement technology for treating the earthquake disaster of the Bridge 1 # in Mianzhu of the Deyang - Aba Highway, it can be seen it is very important to do the following works well: (1) The shelling-out and high pressure grouting should be conducted to the crack. (2) The in -site reinforcement and replacement reinforcement should be conducted. (3) The original pier reinforcement and replacement reinforcement should be conducted to the damaged pier. (4) The reinforcement should be conducted to damaged stuck steel plate of the girder. (5) The replacement reinforcement should be conducted to the damaged bridge deck.%研究目的:桥梁受地震影响后,会产生主梁移位和落梁、桥墩震害、支座破坏和桥台损坏等震坏情况,从而导致桥梁承载能力部分减弱,直至全部失去,通过加固技术处理后恢复其原来的设计承载能力,为今后同类工程施工提供借鉴经验.研究结论:本文以德阿公路绵竹段1#桥为背景,对桥梁进行了震害加固技术研究.要重点做好:(1)裂缝的涂刷和高压注浆封闭加固;(2)基础损坏的原位加固和更换加固;(3)桥墩损坏的原墩加固和更换加固;(4)梁体损坏的粘贴钢板加固;(5)桥面破坏的更换加固.

  18. The Non-Destructive Test of Steel Corrosion in Reinforced Concrete Bridges Using a Micro-Magnetic Sensor.

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    Zhang, Hong; Liao, Leng; Zhao, Ruiqiang; Zhou, Jianting; Yang, Mao; Xia, Runchuan

    2016-09-06

    This paper presents a non-destructive test method for steel corrosion in reinforced concrete bridges by using a 3-dimensional digital micro-magnetic sensor to detect and analyze the self-magnetic field leakage from corroded reinforced concrete. The setup of the magnetic scanning device and the measurement mode of the micro-magnetic sensor are introduced. The numerical analysis model is also built based on the linear magnetic charge theory. Compared to the self-magnetic field leakage data obtained from magnetic sensor-based measurement and numerical calculation, it is shown that the curves of tangential magnetic field at different lift-off height all intersect near the edge of the steel corrosion zone. The result indicates that the intersection of magnetic field curves can be used to detect and evaluate the range of the inner steel corrosion in engineering structures. The findings of this work propose a new and effective non-destructive test method for steel corrosion, and therefore enlarge the application of the micro-magnetic sensor.

  19. The Non-Destructive Test of Steel Corrosion in Reinforced Concrete Bridges Using a Micro-Magnetic Sensor

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    Zhang, Hong; Liao, Leng; Zhao, Ruiqiang; Zhou, Jianting; Yang, Mao; Xia, Runchuan

    2016-01-01

    This paper presents a non-destructive test method for steel corrosion in reinforced concrete bridges by using a 3-dimensional digital micro-magnetic sensor to detect and analyze the self-magnetic field leakage from corroded reinforced concrete. The setup of the magnetic scanning device and the measurement mode of the micro-magnetic sensor are introduced. The numerical analysis model is also built based on the linear magnetic charge theory. Compared to the self-magnetic field leakage data obtained from magnetic sensor-based measurement and numerical calculation, it is shown that the curves of tangential magnetic field at different lift-off height all intersect near the edge of the steel corrosion zone. The result indicates that the intersection of magnetic field curves can be used to detect and evaluate the range of the inner steel corrosion in engineering structures. The findings of this work propose a new and effective non-destructive test method for steel corrosion, and therefore enlarge the application of the micro-magnetic sensor. PMID:27608029

  20. Rigid-Plastic Dynamic Response of Reinforced Concrete Bridge Pier Impacted by Automobile

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    ZHENG Xiaoning; DIAO Bo; YE Yinghua

    2006-01-01

    Bridge piers are impacted by autos sometimes.The pier usually has not been destroyed after once impact by auto.But there are few research on damage which will affect pier's capability,and most relative studies have focused the problems on piers impacted by vessels.The methods involve mainly sutra experience theory,numerical analysis,and experimental method.Owing to the complicacy of the bridge pier impacted by a vessel,there are few research derived with the sutra mechanics model and the piers impacted by autos.The dynamic response is studied here under the assumption of the rigid-plastic small-deformation for the pier impacted by auto.According to the Parkes beam model,the rigid-plastic theoretical solution is deduced.The final deformation is calculated by a practical example for the pier impacted by auto.

  1. Analytical investigations of seismic responses for reinforced concrete bridge columns subjected to strong near-fault ground motion

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    Chin-Kuo Su; Yu-Chi Sung; Shuenn-Yih Chang; Chao-Hsun Huang

    2007-01-01

    Strong near-fault ground motion, usually caused by the fault-rupture and characterized by a pulse-like velocitywave form, often causes dramatic instantaneous seismic energy (Jadhav and Jangid 2006). Some reinforced concrete (RC)bridge columns, even those built according to ductile design principles, were damaged in the 1999 Chi-Chi earthquake.Thus, it is very important to evaluate the seismic response of a RC bridge column to improve its seismic design and prevent future damage. Nonlinear time history analysis using step-by-step integration is capable of tracing the dynamic response of a structure during the entire vibration period and is able to accommodate the pulsing wave form. However; the accuracy of the numerical results is very sensitive to the modeling of the nonlinear load-deformation relationship of the structural member.FEMA 273 and ATC-40 provide the modeling parameters for structural nonlinear analyses of RC beams and RC columns.They use three parameters to define the plastic rotation angles and a residual strength ratio to describe the nonlinear loaddeformation relationship of an RC member. Structural nonlinear analyses are performed based on these parameters. This method provides a convenient way to obtain the nonlinear seismic responses of RC structures. However, the accuracy of the numerical solutions might be further improved. For this purpose, results from a previous study on modeling of the static pushover analyses for RC bridge columns (Sung et al. 2005) is adopted for the nonlinear time history analysis presented herein to evaluate the structural responses excited by a near-fault ground motion. To ensure the reliability of this approach,the numerical results were compared to experimental results. The results confirm that the proposed approach is valid.

  2. Use of fiber-reinforced composites to improve the durability of bridge elements

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    Garon, Ronald; Balaguru, P. N.; Cao, Yong; Lee, K. Wayne

    2000-04-01

    Fiber composites made of carbon fibers and organic polymers are being used to strengthen plain, reinforced, and prestressed concrete structures. The composites are becoming more popular as compared to traditional strengthening with steel plates and jackets because they do not corrode and also have a very high strength to weight ratio. Organic polymers have been used as protective coatings for more than thirty years. The impermeable membrane of the polymer seals the concrete surface of the structures preventing the ingress of salts. Their main drawback is their inability to release vapor pressure buildup that causes damage in the concrete and delamination of the bonded fiber reinforced plastic. As a result of this and other weaknesses in the organic polymers, a new generation of breathable coating materials is being developed. These compositions range from epoxy modified portland cement coatings to completely inorganic silicate systems. The durability of five of the most promising compositions was evaluated under freeze-thaw, wet-dry, and scaling conditions. The silicate matrix was also used to bond carbon tows and fabrics to unreinforced concrete members. These beams were tested after exposure to wet-dry and scaling conditions. The results indicate that the inorganic matrix can be effectively used for repairs. The carbon tows can be used to replace the existing corroded reinforcing bars. The possibility of embedding optical fibers with the carbon fibers to monitor the field performance is being studied.

  3. Laboratory Assessment of Select Methods of Corrosion Control and Repair in Reinforced Concrete Bridges

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    Matthew D. Pritzl

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Fourteen reinforced concrete laboratory test specimens were used to evaluate a number of corrosion control (CoC procedures to prolong the life of patch repairs in corrosion-damaged reinforced concrete. These specimens included layered mixed-in chlorides to represent chloride contamination due to deicing salts. All specimens were exposed to accelerated corrosion testing for three months, subjected to patch repairs with various treatments, and further subjected to additional three months of exposure to accelerated corrosion. The use of thermal sprayed zinc, galvanic embedded anodes, epoxy/polyurethane coating, acrylic coating, and an epoxy patch repair material was evaluated individually or in combination. The specimens were assessed with respect to corrosion currents (estimated mass loss, chloride ingress, surface rust staining, and corrosion of the reinforcing steel observed after dissection. Results indicated that when used in patch repair applications, the embedded galvanic anode with top surface coating, galvanic thermal sprayed zinc, and galvanic thermal sprayed zinc with surface coating were more effective in controlling corrosion than the other treatments tested.

  4. Corrosion of steel reinforced concrete in the tropical coastal atmosphere of Havana City, Cuba

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    Abel Castañeda

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The influence of chloride deposition rate on concrete using an atmospheric corrosion approach is rarely studied in the literature. Seven exposure sites were selected in Havana City, Cuba, for exposure of reinforced concrete samples. Two significantly different atmospheric corrosivity levels with respect to corrosion of steel reinforced concrete were observed after two years of exposure depending on atmospheric chloride deposition and w/c ratio of the concrete. Changes in corrosion current are related to changes in chloride penetration and chloride atmospheric deposition. The influence of sulphur compound deposition could also be a parameter to consider in atmospheric corrosion of steel reinforced concrete.

  5. Climate change risks to United States infrastructure: impacts on coastal development, roads, bridges, and urban drainage

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    Changes in temperature, precipitation, sea level, and coastal storms will likely increase the vulnerability of infrastructure across the United States. Using four models of vulnerability, impacts, and adaptation of infrastructure, its deployment, and its role in protecting econom...

  6. Explosion on the reinforcement design and construction methods of stone arch bridge%石拱桥加固设计及施工方法探讨

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    周勇

    2015-01-01

    结合工程案例,对拱背增大截面加固石拱桥的设计方案进行了介绍,并对拱上建筑拆除、主拱圈加固、更换拱腔填料等施工工艺进行了阐述,通过实践证明,采用该加固方法既可大大减少工程投资,又能提高石拱桥的整体承载能力,具有显著的社会和经济效益,对石拱桥的加固具有积极的推广意义。%Combining with engineering examples,the paper introduces the design scheme of arch enlarging section reinforced stone arch bridge, and describes top arch building demolishment,main arch circle reinforcement,and replacing arch filling materials and other construction technol-ogies. Practice proves that:the reinforcement methods can not only reduce engineering investment,but also improve integral bearing capability of stone arch bridge,and has obvious social and economic benefits,which has positive meaning for reinforcing stone arch bridge.

  7. Inspection and Evaluation of Reinforced Concrete Bridges after Fire Disasters%钢筋混凝土桥梁火灾后检测评估

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    黄清

    2014-01-01

    In order to make rehabilitation measures for bridges after fire disasters ,the bridges must be inspected and evaluated first .A reinforced concrete bridge after a fire disaster is taken as the study background .The contents of bridge inspection and evaluation are introduced .By judging the change of the concrete color ,cracks caused by fire ,hammering reaction ,concrete spallation , load bearing reinforcement exposure ,binding property of load bearing reinforcement and structural deformation ,the bridge condition after a fire disaster was roughly identified .When the grade of damaged regions were initially determined ,the visual inspection and thermal analysis were succes-sively done to evaluate the temperature of the fire ,the core-drill method was used to measure the strength of concrete ,and the yield strength of reinforcement in the reinforcement exposure region were tested .It was concluded from the results of all the aforementioned tests that the strength of the concrete and the stiffness of the reinforcement could meet the design requirements .At last ,the static and dynamic tests were done to inspect the load bearing capacity of the bridge after a fire dis -aster .%为了制定火灾后桥梁的维修措施,需对火灾后桥梁进行检测评估。以某火灾后钢筋混凝土桥梁为背景,介绍该桥检测评估主要内容。根据混凝土颜色改变、火灾裂缝、锤击反应、混凝土脱落、受力钢筋露筋、受力钢筋粘结性能及结构变形等方面对火灾后桥梁进行初步鉴定。初步确定受损区域等级后,采用表观检测法和热分析法相结合的方式对火灾温度进行评定,采用钻芯法对混凝土强度进行测定,对露筋区域的钢筋进行钢筋屈服强度测试,结合各项测定结果,综合判定混凝土及钢筋刚度满足设计要求。最后为检验桥梁火灾后的承载能力,对桥梁进行了静动载试验。

  8. A Retrofit Theory to Prevent Fatigue Crack Initiation in Aging Riveted Bridges Using Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Materials

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    Elyas Ghafoori

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Most research on fatigue strengthening of steel has focused on carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP strengthening of steel members with existing cracks. However, in many practical cases, aging steel members do not yet have existing cracks but rather are nearing the end of their designed fatigue life. Therefore, there is a need to develop a “proactive” retrofit solution that can prevent fatigue crack initiation in aging bridge members. Such a proactive retrofit approach can be applied to bridge members that have been identified to be deficient, based on structural standards, to enhance their safety margins by extending the design service life. This paper explains a proactive retrofit design approach based on constant life diagram (CLD methodology. The CLD approach is a method that can take into account the combined effect of alternating and mean stress magnitudes to predict the high-cycle fatigue life of a material. To validate the retrofit model, a series of new fatigue tests on steel I-beams retrofitted by the non-prestressed un-bonded CFRP plates have been conducted. Furthermore, this paper attempts to provide a better understanding of the behavior of un-bonded retrofit (UR and bonded retrofit (BR systems. Retrofitting the steel beams using the UR system took less than half of the time that was needed for strengthening with the BR system. The results show that the non-prestressed un-bonded ultra-high modulus (UHM CFRP plates can be effective in preventing fatigue crack initiation in steel members.

  9. 浅析预应力加固技术在桥梁施工%The Prestressed Reinforcement Technology in Bridge Construction

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    田钊

    2013-01-01

      随着社会的发展,车辆数量的越来越多,载重量越来越大,交通运输的负担也在日渐增大,尤其是桥梁工程所承担的负荷。部分桥梁已经老化、破损,原设计承载能力已达不到使用的要求,道路桥梁的建设和维护就显得十分重要。当前公路桥梁的维护广泛地采用预应力加固技术,以提高桥梁的承载能力,达到加固桥梁的目的。本文结合工程实际,针对体外预应力加固法,简要地探讨了预应力加固技术在桥梁施工中的运用及施工。最后根据自身的工作经验,分析在现行预应力加固技术存在的问题。%With the development of society, increase number of vehicles, capacity is more and more big, and the burden of transportation is also increasing, especial y on the load of brid-ge engineering. Part of the bridge has been aging, damage, the original design capacity is not up to the requirements, it is very important to the construction and maintenance of roads and br-idges. Maintenance of the highway and Bridge widely used pr-estressed reinforcement technology, to improve the carrying capacity of the bridge, to reinforce a bridge to. Combined with the engineering practice, in view of the external prestressing strengthening method, briefly discussed the application of pre-stressed reinforcement technology in the construction of bridge and construction. Final y, the author according to the work ex-perience analyzes the problems existing in the current strength-ening technology of the prestressed.

  10. Carbon Fibre-reinforced Polymer Strengthening and monitoring of the Gröndals Bridge in Sweden

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    Täljsten, Björn; Hejll, A.; James, G.

    2007-01-01

    The Gröndal Bridge is a large freivorbau bridge (prestressed concrete box bridge), approximately 400 m in length with a free span of 120 m. It was opened to tram traffic in the year 2000. Just after opening cracks were noticed in the webs, these cracks have then increased, the size of the largest...

  11. 钢筋混凝土空心墩抗震数值分析模型%Numerical seismic analysis model for hollow reinforced concrete bridge piers

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    杨春喜

    2014-01-01

    钢筋混凝土空心墩在大型铁路、公路桥梁工程中占有相当大的比例。准确模拟空心墩抗震能力对保证桥梁工程抗震安全具有重要意义。采用Open Sees数值分析平台,基于纤维梁柱单元和零长度转动弹簧单元,考虑试件弯曲和纵筋拔出变形,对3个钢筋混凝土空心墩抗震拟静力试验结果进行模拟计算。将模拟得到的滞回曲线与试验结果进行了对比分析。结果表明,模拟结果与试验结果吻合较好。%Hol ow reinforced concrete bridge piers are extensively used in highway and railway bridges. Simulation of the seismic behavior of hol ow bridge piers is important to ensure the seismic safety of bridges. Based on fiber beam-column element and zero length rotation spring element, three hol ow reinforced concrete bridge piers are modeled by using OpenSees software, in which the flexural and bond-slip deformation of the piers are considered. The simulated hysteretic curves are compared with test results. The results show that the simulated results agreed wel with test results.

  12. Discussion on Reinforcement and Renovation Construction Technology of Guiping Qianjiang Bridge%桂平黔江大桥加固改造施工技术探讨

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    陈亚伟

    2012-01-01

    文章针对桂平黔江大桥桥梁病害和成因,综合考虑施工环境、费用、通行等因素,介绍了受损混凝土修补、梁板裂缝处置、梁底粘贴钢板、空心板粘贴碳纤维布等桥梁加固改造施工技术的工艺流程及要点,为今后类似桥梁加固改造施工提供技术参考。%Targeting on the disease and its causes of Guiping Qianjiang Bridge,considering the construction environment,cost,access and other factors,the article introduced the tech-nical process and keypoints of the bridge reinforcement renovation construction technology,such as the repair of damaged concrete,beam-slab crack treatment,beam bottom bonding steel plates,hollow plate bonding carbon fiber cloth etc.,providing the technical reference for future similar bridge reinforcement and renovation constructions.

  13. A contribution to the hydraulic design of bridges in coastal zones; Una contribucion al diseno hidraulico de puentes en zonas costeras

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    Sanchez Bribiesca, J.L.; Gracia Sanchez, J. [Instituto de Ingenieria, UNAM, Mexico, D.F. (Mexico)

    2004-06-01

    It is proposed a criterion to determine, from the hydraulic point of view, the width and the height of bridges of coastal zones. The criterion uses information of failed and not failed bridges (both in the same current). The criterion allows the design of new bridges and the revision of the existing ones others existent ones. Numerical examples are included. [Spanish] Se presenta un criterio para determinar el ancho y la altura de puentes sobre rios de zonas costeras desde el punto de vista hidraulico. El criterio empleo informacion de puentes fallados y no fallados (sobre una misma corriente); asimismo, permitio tanto el diseno de puentes nuevos, como la revision de otros existentes. Se incluyen ejemplos numericos.

  14. Tuning the mechanical properties of glass fiber-reinforced bismaleimide–triazine resin composites by constructing a flexible bridge at the interface

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    Xiaoliang Zeng, Shuhui Yu, Maobai Lai, Rong Sun and Ching-Ping Wong

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available We demonstrate a new method that can simultaneously improve the strength and toughness of the glass fiber-reinforced bismaleimide–triazine (BT resin composites by using polyethylene glycol (PEG to construct a flexible bridge at the interface. The mechanical properties, including the elongation, ultimate tensile stress, Young's modulus, toughness and dynamical mechanical properties were studied as a function of the length of PEG molecular chain. It was found that the PEG molecule acts as a bridge to link BT resin and glass fiber through covalent and non-covalent bondings, respectively, resulting in improved interfacial bonding. The incorporation of PEG produces an increase in elongation, ultimate tensile stress and toughness. The Young's modulus and Tg were slightly reduced when the length of the PEG molecular chain was high. The elongation of the PEG-modified glass fiber-reinforced composites containing 5 wt% PEG-8000 increased by 67.1%, the ultimate tensile stress by 17.9% and the toughness by 78.2% compared to the unmodified one. This approach provides an efficient way to develop substrate material with improved strength and toughness for integrated circuit packaging applications.

  15. Tuning the mechanical properties of glass fiber-reinforced bismaleimide-triazine resin composites by constructing a flexible bridge at the interface

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    Zeng, Xiaoliang; Yu, Shuhui; Lai, Maobai; Sun, Rong; Wong, Ching-Ping

    2013-12-01

    We demonstrate a new method that can simultaneously improve the strength and toughness of the glass fiber-reinforced bismaleimide-triazine (BT) resin composites by using polyethylene glycol (PEG) to construct a flexible bridge at the interface. The mechanical properties, including the elongation, ultimate tensile stress, Young's modulus, toughness and dynamical mechanical properties were studied as a function of the length of PEG molecular chain. It was found that the PEG molecule acts as a bridge to link BT resin and glass fiber through covalent and non-covalent bondings, respectively, resulting in improved interfacial bonding. The incorporation of PEG produces an increase in elongation, ultimate tensile stress and toughness. The Young's modulus and Tg were slightly reduced when the length of the PEG molecular chain was high. The elongation of the PEG-modified glass fiber-reinforced composites containing 5 wt% PEG-8000 increased by 67.1%, the ultimate tensile stress by 17.9% and the toughness by 78.2% compared to the unmodified one. This approach provides an efficient way to develop substrate material with improved strength and toughness for integrated circuit packaging applications.

  16. 208国道司庄二号大桥病害分析及加固措施%Diseases analysis and reinforcement measures Sizhuang No. 2 big bridge of 208 national highway

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    胡芳

    2012-01-01

    在分析208国道司庄二号大桥病害情况的基础上,列举了病害产生原因,通过验算分析提出了桥梁维修加固措施,并根据加固设计进行了加固效果验算,结果表明:加固后提高了新增两铰拱的抗弯承载能力,满足了规范要求。%On the basis of analysing on diseases situations of Sizhuang No. 2 big bridge of 208 national highway, this paper listed the diseases causes, through the checking analysis proposed bridge repair and reinforcement measures, and according to the reinforcement design made rein-forcement checking calculation, the results showed that after reinforcement increased the bending bearing capacity of additional two hinged arch, met the requirements of specification.

  17. 公路改扩建小桥病害植筋处理%Treatment of Reinforcement Disease in the Bridge Extension over the Highway

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    黄谋钊

    2014-01-01

    At present, the concrete protective layer of high-way bridges in reconstruction and extension is often damaged and so the safety of people can be wel guaranteed. This paper analyzed the board body elevation construction technology of highway extension bridge, and the repair measures on bridge reinforcement, including positioning, driling, curing and prot-ection, just for reference for readers.%目前,公路改扩建的小桥经常会出现混凝土保护层受损等病害,给人们的安全出行埋下了很大的隐患。本文分析了公路改扩建小桥的板体抬高施工工艺,并提出了小桥植筋维修措施,包括定位、钻孔、固化和保护等,以供读者参考。

  18. Carbon Fibre-reinforced Polymer Strengthening and monitoring of the Gröndals Bridge in Sweden

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    Täljsten, Björn; Hejll, A.; James, G.

    2007-01-01

    to be strengthened. The strengthening methods used were CFRP plates at the serviceability limit state and prestressed dywidag stays at the ultimate limit state. The strengthening was carried out during 2002. At the same time monitoring of the bridge commenced, using LVDT crack gauges as well as optical fiber sensors....

  19. 3D mapping of reinforcement and tendon ducts on pre-stressed concrete bridges by means of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)

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    Cheilakou, E.; Theodorakeas, P.; Koui, M.; Zeris, C.

    2014-03-01

    The present study evaluates the potential of GPR for the inspection of pre-stressed concrete bridges and its usefulness to provide non visible information of the interior structural geometry and condition, required for strengthening and rehabilitation purposes. For that purpose, different concrete blocks of varying dimensions with embedded steel reinforcement bars, tendon ducts and fabricated voids, were prepared and tested by means of GPR in a controlled laboratory environment. 2D data acquisition was carried out in reflection mode along single profile lines of the samples in order to locate the internal structural elements. 3D surveys were also performed in a grid format both along horizontal and vertical lines, and the individual profiles collected were interpolated and further processed using a 3D reconstruction software, in order to provide a detailed insight into the concrete structure. The obtained 2D profiles provided the accurate depth and position of the embedded rebars and tendon ducts, verifying the original drawings. 3D data cubes were created enabling the presentation of depth slices and providing additional information such as shape and localization of the internal elements. The results obtained from this work showed the effectiveness and reliability of the GPR technique for pre-stressed concrete bridge investigations.

  20. Investigation of chloride induced corrosion of bridge pier and life-cycle repair cost analysis using fiber reinforced polymer composites

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    Dhakal, Dinesh

    Bridges are the long term investment of the highway agencies. To maintain the required service level throughout the life of a bridge, a series of maintenance, repair, and rehabilitation (MRℝ) works can be performed. To investigate the corrosion deterioration and maintenance and repair practices in the bridge pier columns constructed in chloride-laden environment, a questionnaire survey was conducted within the 50 state Departments of Transportation (DOTs). Based on the survey data, two corrosion deterioration phases were identified. They were corrosion crack initiation phase and corrosion propagation phase. The data showed that the mean corrosion crack initiation phase for bridge pier column having cover of 50 mm, 75 mm, and 100 mm was 18.9 years, 20.3 years, and 22.5 years, respectively. The corrosion propagation phase starts after the corrosion crack initiation. The corrosion propagation is defined in a single term, corrosion damage rate, measured as percentage of area damaged due to corrosion cracking, spalling, and delamination. From the survey, the corrosion damage rate was found 2.23% and 2.10% in the bridge pier columns exposed to deicing salt water and exposed to tidal splash/spray, respectively. For this study, two different corrosion damage rates were proposed before and after the repair criteria for minor damage repair as practiced by DOTs. This study also presents the collected data regarding the corrosion effectiveness of using sealers and coatings, cathodic protection, corrosion inhibitors, carbon fiber/epoxy composites, and glass fiber/epoxy composites as maintenance and repair technique. In this study, the cost-effectiveness of wrapping carbon fiber/epoxy composites and glass fiber/epoxy composites in bridge pier columns constructed in a chloride-laden environment was investigated by conducting life-cycle cost analysis. As a repair work, externally bonded two layer of carbon fiber/epoxy and glass fiber/epoxy composites were installed by wet

  1. The use of fibre-reinforced polymers (FRP in bridges as a favourable solution for the environment

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    Żyjewski Artur

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this article is to show the modern engineering, in which sustainability and taking care of ecology play a significant role. The authors are focused on FRP composite materials and their applications in civil engineering. Case studies showing renovation and design of new bridges with the use of FRP are presented and discussed to clarify benefits, which this solution provides. Main advantages of FRP materials in comparison with traditional ones, like concrete or steel are showed. The environmental impact of composites is described with respect to all life cycle of a product. Furthermore, some forms of waste management are covered. Last part of the paper refers to scientific description of the pedestrian bridge made of FRP, which was realized under the Fobridge research grant. The group of researchers headed by professor Chróścielewski from Gdansk University of Technology has developed a design solution of the pedestrian bridge manufactured in one production cycle. Moreover, the footbridge construction contains a significant share of a recyclable material commonly called PET. The article contains main characteristics of the structure and production process based on the resin infusion.

  2. Clear-Water Contraction Scour at Selected Bridge Sites in the Black Prairie Belt of the Coastal Plain in Alabama, 2006

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    Lee, K.G.; Hedgecock, T.S.

    2008-01-01

    The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Alabama Department of Transportation, made observations of clear-water contraction scour at 25 bridge sites in the Black Prairie Belt of the Coastal Plain of Alabama. These bridge sites consisted of 54 hydraulic structures, of which 37 have measurable scour holes. Observed scour depths ranged from 1.4 to 10.4 feet. Theoretical clear-water contraction-scour depths were computed for each bridge and compared with observed scour. This comparison showed that theoretical scour depths, in general, exceeded the observed scour depths by about 475 percent. Variables determined to be important in developing scour in laboratory studies along with several other hydraulic variables were investigated to understand their influence within the Alabama field data. The strongest explanatory variables for clear-water contraction scour were channel-contraction ratio and velocity index. Envelope curves were developed relating both of these explanatory variables to observed scour. These envelope curves provide useful tools for assessing reasonable ranges of scour depth in the Black Prairie Belt of Alabama.

  3. 采用GFRP配筋解决混凝土碳化对桥梁面板的负面影响%THE SOLUTION FOR ADVERSE IMPACT OF CARBONATION ON CONCRETE BRIDGE DECK SLABS BT USING GFRP REINFORCEMENT

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    郑愚; 秦怀泉; 李春红

    2009-01-01

    As crucial structural components in bridge structures, bridge deck slabs played an important role in integral structural behaviours and transportation. However, with the increasing of ages in services, the durability of reinforced concrete bridge deck slabs was influenced significantly by carbonation. Recently, because of high strength, light weight and strong corrosion-resistance, glass fiber polymer reinforcement bars (GFRP bars) were accepted by civil engineers. Due to the existence of compressive membrane action, it was shown that the structural behaviours of GFRP reinforced concrete bridge deck slabs with same reinforcement percentage were similar as those of steel reinforced concrete bridge deck slabs in nonlinear finite element analysis. Based on numerical analysis results, GFRP is available to be used as replacement of steel reinforcement. According the analysis of mechanism of concrete carbonation and material properties of GFRP, it was found that the durability of GFRP reinforced concrete bridge deck slabs was enhanced after the occurrence of carbonation in concrete structures, because carbonation reduced the permeability and porosity of concrete.%桥梁面板是桥梁结构的主要构件,对结构的整体性能和交通运输起着至关重要的作用.然而随着使用年限的增加,混凝土碳化将对钢筋混凝土桥梁面板的耐久性能产生较大的影响.近年来,玻璃纤维增强复合筋材(GFRP Bars)因具有高强、轻质、耐腐蚀等性能而逐渐被工程界认可.非线性有限元分析结果表明,由于压缩薄膜效应的存在使得同样配筋率的GFRP筋混凝土桥梁面板与钢筋混凝土桥梁面板的工作性能相似,证实了GFRP筋代替钢筋的可行性.在分析混凝土的碳化机理和GFRP的材料属性后发现,由于碳化使混凝土的渗透性和孔隙率降低,在碳化发生以后GFRP筋混凝土桥梁面的耐久性能不仅没有下降反而有所提高.

  4. 采用GFRP配筋解决混凝土碳化对桥梁面板的负面影响%THE SOLUTION FOR ADVERSE IMPACT OF CARBONATION ON CONCRETE BRIDGE DECK SLABS BY USING GFRP REINFORCEMENT

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    郑愚; 秦怀泉; 李春红

    2011-01-01

    As crucial structural components in bridge structures, bridge deck slabs played an important role in integral structural behaviours and transportation. However, with the increasing of ages in services, the durability of reinforced concrete bridge deck slabs was influenced significantly by carbonation. Recently, because of high strength, light weight and strong corrosion-resistance, glass fiber polymer reinforcement bars ( GFRP bars) were accepted by civil engineers. Due to the existence of compressive membrane action, it was shown that the structural be haviours of GFRP reinforced concrete bridge deck slabs with same reinforcement percentage were similar as those of steel reinforced concrete bridge deck slabs in nonlinear finite element analysis. Based on numerical analysis results, GFRP is available to be used as replacement of steel reinforcement. According the analysis of mechanism of concrete carbonation and material properties of GFRP, it was found that the durability of GFRP reinforced concrete bridge deck slabs was enhanced after the occurrence of carbonation in concrete structures, because carbonation reduced the permeability and porosity of concrete.%桥梁面板是桥梁结构的主要构件,对结构的整体性能和交通运输起着至关重要的作用.然而随着使用年限的增加,混凝土碳化将对钢筋混凝土桥梁面板的耐久性能产生较大的影响.近年来,玻璃纤维增强复合筋材( GFRP Bars)因具有高强、轻质、耐腐蚀等性能而逐渐被工程界认可.非线性有限元分析的结果表明,由于压缩薄膜效应的存在使得同样配筋率的GFRP筋混凝土桥梁面板与钢筋混凝土桥梁面板的工作性能相似,证实了GFRP筋代替钢筋的可行性.在分析混凝土的碳化机理和GFRP的材料属性后发现,由于碳化使混凝土的渗透性和孔隙率降低,在碳化发生以后GFRP筋混凝土桥梁面的耐久性能不仅没有下降反而有所提高.

  5. 钢筋混凝土桥墩承载力计算方法讨论%Discussion of Computing Methods for Bearing Capacity of Reinforced Concrete Bridge Piers

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    林上顺

    2015-01-01

    在我国山区公路桥梁工程中,钢筋混凝土高桥墩较为常见。对国内外钢筋混凝土高桥墩承载力计算方法进行分析与比较,发现我国公路桥涵设计规范的计算方法还存在不合理之处,且偏于不安全。为此,提出钢筋混凝土高桥墩承载力计算需要进一步研究的内容。%In highway bridge projects in mountainous area of China reinforced concrete high bridge piers are common.This paper analyzes and compares computing methods for bearing capacity of reinforced concrete high bridge piers at home and abroad and finds out that the computing methods in desing codes for China national highway bridges and culverts are irrational and unsafe .For this reasons , the paper proposes the conents to be further researched in computation of bearing capacity of reinforced concrete high brdige piers .

  6. Seismic Performance of Circular Reinforced Concrete Bridge Columns ( H ) :Evaluation of Experimental Results%圆形钢筋混凝土桥墩抗震性能(Ⅱ):试验结果评估

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    李贵乾; 郑罡; 王军

    2011-01-01

    According to the failure phenomenon and test data in the orthogonal quasi-static test, the characteristics of deformation and flexural strength of circular reinforced concrete bridge columns are studied. And the displacement ductility, effective stiffness, stiffness degradation and capacity of accumulative energy dissipation to ultimate displacement state of bridge columns subjected to low-cyclic loading have been evaluated, so as to investigate the influence of factors such as shear-span ratio, axial-load ratio, and longitudinal reinforcement ratio and spiral reinforcement ratio on ductility performance of bridge columns. Finally, some useful conclusions are found out for the ductile anti-seismic design of highway bridges.%根据桥墩拟静力正交试验现象及数据结果,研究了圆形钢筋混凝土桥墩的变形特征及弯曲强度特性;并对低周反复荷载作用下桥墩的位移延性、等效刚度和刚度退化性能以及极限位移状态下累积耗能能力进行了评估,综合考察了剪跨比、轴压比、纵筋率、配箍率等因素对桥墩延性性能的影响.可为桥梁的延性抗震设计提供参考.

  7. Plastic Bridge

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    履之

    1994-01-01

    Already ubiquitous in homes and cars, plastic is now appearing inbridges. An academic-industrial consortium based at the University ofCalifornia in San Diego is launching a three-year research program aimed atdeveloping the world’s first plastic highway bridge, a 450-foot span madeentirely from glass-,carbon,and polymer-fiber-reinforced composite mate-rials, the stuff of military aircraft. It will cross Interstate 5 to connect thetwo sides of the school’s campus.

  8. 综述路桥施工技术中钢纤维混凝土技术的使用%The Technology of Steel Fiber Reinforced Concrete in Road and Bridge Construction

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    邓强

    2014-01-01

    对于路桥施工而言,混凝土质量对于路桥结构的强度与力学性能有着直接的影响。将钢纤维混凝土技术应用在路桥施工中,能够提升施工质量的安全性与可靠性,这对路桥工程的良性发展有着十分积极的效用。%The quality of concrete has a direct effect on the strength and mechanical property of road and bridge structure. Applying the technology of steel fiber reinforced concrete in road bridge construction can effectively improve the safety and reliability of the construction quality, which has a very positive effect on the development of road and bridge engineering.

  9. Analysis of Comparison Among Reinforcing Scheme of Negative Moment Area at Button of Aging and Decreased Arch Bridge%老化损伤石拱桥拱脚负弯矩区加固方案比选分析

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    梁啸; 杨军珊; 向波

    2014-01-01

    相比于钢筋混凝土增大截面加固法,CFRP(Carbon Fiber Reinforce Polymer)筋材对老化损伤石拱桥拱脚负弯矩区进行加固具有自重轻、可操作性好、受天气影响小等优点,并充分利用 CFRP 筋材的高强性能。通过在一座服役20 a 并受到损伤的石拱桥加固设计中,对 CFRP 加固的可行性进行了计算分析,并与钢筋混凝土加固方法进行对比,结果表明其在施工运输、工期、自重方面具有明显优势,被优先选用。可为以后的加固设计提供参考。%Reinforcing negative moment area at button of aging and decreased arch bridge with CFRP(Carbon Fiber Reinforce Polymer)bar has advantage of light weight,good operability,and it has little influence on whether,even it can make good use of high strength function of CFRP bar compare to the method of reinforcing by adding area with reinforced concrete.Practicability of reinforcement of CFRP bars was made,as well as and the comparison with the reinforced concrete method.The result showed that reinforced by CFRP bars were advanced in transporting,schedule,and load,of course it was cho-sen.It will supply reference in the future.

  10. 光固化冠桥复合树脂强化作用的实验研究%Experimental Study on the Reinforced Effect of Light-Curing Composite Resins Used for Crowns and Bridges

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    孙健; 张建中

    2001-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the reinforced effect of the light-curingcomposite resins used for crowns and bridges. Method Three light-curing composite resins which were used for crowns and bridges were chosen, and three polyester fiber sieves and three stainless steel sieves in different mesh were used as the additional reinforced materials.Compressive strength and three point flexural strength of test bars made of those materials were evaluated. The reinforced bridges with special fibers were used as control groups.Result (1)There was significant increase in the stainless steel sieves groups. Nevertheless, there was some decrease after use of the polyester fibers as the additional reinforced material. (2)The increase of the reinforced crowns was especially obvious. (3)Among the three resins, the property of Targis was better than that of Arglass and Solidex.Conclusion The properties of the whole composite material were closely correlated with the additional reinforced materials, the resistance to compression of the sieves are better than its resistance to bend.%目的 探讨光固化冠桥复合树脂的强化效果。方法 选择3种光固化冠桥树脂,3种不同目数的涤纶和3种不同目数的不锈钢筛网作外加强。制作试件及冠桥,并与专用纤维网加强桥相比,测定抗压、3点抗弯强度。结果 ⑴不锈钢丝网增强效果明显,涤纶丝网无强化效果;⑵冠的加强效果尤为明显;⑶Targis的性能好于Artglss和Solidex。结论 复合材料的性能与外加强材料密切相关,金属网状结构对压缩的耐受性优于对屈曲的耐受性。

  11. A Rapid Method to Reinforce the Bridge Sound Barrier Columns Loosed in Guangzhou-Zhuhai Intercity Railway%广珠城际桥上声屏障立柱松动快速加固整治方法

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    黎庆雄; 黄华

    2014-01-01

    In this paper,through the construction practice to reinforce the bridge sound barrier pillar loosed in Guangzhou-Zhuhai Intercity Railway with the speed of 200 km/h,the reason analysis,scheme design,technological process,construc-tion technology in four aspects were discussed.It can offer the refernces to the similar bridge barrier column.%通过时速200 km的广珠城际铁路桥上声屏障立柱松动加固整治施工实践,从原因分析,方案拟定,工艺流程,施工技术四方面进行探讨,以期为同类桥上声屏障立柱松动整治提出参考。

  12. Numerical simulation on continuous collapse of reinforced concrete girder bridge subjected to vessel collision%钢筋混凝土梁桥船舶撞击连续倒塌数值模拟

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    姜华; 王君杰; 贺拴海

    2012-01-01

    The material model and failure index of the element in numerical simulation of the collapse of reinforced concrete bridge under vessel collision were introduced, and then the delicate finite element models for bridge superstructure, substructure and support saddle were set up, where the elastoplastic damage cap model was used for concrete and the elastoplaslic kinematic hardening model was used for steel bar. The numerical simulation of the collapse process of bridge structure caused by vessel collision was carried out and the collapse mechanism of continuous girder bridge was revealed.%详细介绍了钢筋混凝土桥梁船撞倒塌模拟涉及的材料模型和单元失效指标等问题,建立某连续梁上部、下部结构、支座和船舶结构精细有限元模型,将弹塑性损伤帽盖模型用于混凝土,弹塑性随动强化模型用于钢筋,对船舶撞击钢筋混凝土连续梁引起的结构连续倒塌过程进行了数值模拟,揭示了连续梁桥结构的船撞倒塌机理.

  13. 某大跨石拱桥水淹状态结构验算及加固处理%Reinforcement Treatment and Structure Calculation for Stone Arch Bridge under Water Logging

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    董亮; 肖勃; 张炯

    2011-01-01

    Taking the Youyang Gongtan bridge as a background,the article uses the bridge structure finite element calculation model to simulate and analysis the structure safety of stone arch bridge under water logging.Combined with bridge reinforcement theory,the arti-cle proposes some method such as strengthen concrete and rebar implanting for the arching,arch springing and abutment to increase its loading ability.%文章以酉阳龚滩大桥为背景,采用桥梁结构有限元计算模型模拟分析库区石拱桥在蓄水后处于部分水淹状态下的结构安全性,并结合桥梁加固理论,对石拱桥的拱圈、拱脚及桥台提出相应的混凝土补强、植筋等加固措施,以提高其承载能力。

  14. Design plan and checking calculation for the reinforcement of prestressed continuous box girder bridges%预应力连续箱梁桥加固设计及验算

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    张胜

    2016-01-01

    某预应力连续箱梁桥运营15年后,箱梁内外出现了较多的裂缝、钢筋锈蚀和台后填土沉降等病害,已影响桥梁结构的正常使用和安全。根据该桥的质量检测报告,提出了箱梁顶板采用增厚钢筋混凝土、箱室顶板内表面采用粘贴钢板和碳纤维相结合以及箱梁腹板粘贴钢板的加固方法。通过理论计算和荷载试验对加固后的桥梁承载力进行了验算和检测,结果表明,结构承载力和刚度都有明显地提高,能保证桥梁的正常使用。%A prestressed continuous box girder bridge appeared various diseases in fifteen years, for instance, cracks of the inside and outside surface of the box girder, steel corrosion and the obvious settlement of filling at back abutment. The disease has affected the normal use and safety of the bridge structure. Based on the testing reports of the bridge, a feasible strengthening method is put forward: The roof of box girder is strengthened by the thick reinforced concrete;The top plate of the box is strengthened by steel plate and carbon fiber, and box girder webs is strengthened by steel plate. The carrying capacity of the reinforced bridge is checked by the theoretical calculation and the load test. The results show that the bearing capacity and stiffness of the structure are obviously improved and can meet the requirements of normal use.

  15. 某钢管混凝土系杆拱桥病害检测及其加固%DETERIORATION EXAMINATION AND REINFORCEMENT OF CFST TIED ARCH BRIDGE

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    吕建根; 王荣辉

    2012-01-01

    The bridge of linking road plays a very important role with rapid development of traffic engineerings. Due to the reasons such as shrinkage, creep and long-term overloaded, a comprehensive test with the defects, such as arch rib deflection, concrete slab,crack,corrosion of tie bar and suspender etc was done on a CFST tied arch bridge. Based on the inspection and test results, the bridge was then .strengthened with several methods. Through a period of time after its operation, the results showed that the strengthening procedures mentioned above could effectively slow down the existing deteriorations, these reinforcement effects were good, which could be. referred by the reinforcing design of similar bridges.%随着交通工程的高速发展,作为连接道路的桥梁,起着至关重要的作用。由于长期超载以及收缩徐变等原因,某钢管混凝土系杆拱桥出现了包括拱肋下挠、钢管混凝土脱空、拱座裂缝、系杆及吊杆锈蚀等病害,在对该桥进行综合检测的基础上,采取一系列的加固措施,通过一段时间运营后,表明这些措施有效缓解了结构的现有病害,加固效果良好,可供类似桥梁工程的加固设计参考。

  16. 钢筋混凝土桥墩加固与修复技术研究%Research on the Reinforcement and the Repair Techniques for RC Bridge Piers

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    曹兴; 魏洋; 李国芬; 吴刚; 吴智深

    2011-01-01

    Several traditional reinforcement techniques and the latest ones are researched and summarized for the conventional reinforcement and the seismic reinforcement and the repair in this paper, including increasing cross-section area, near-surface-mounted, external pre-stressing, steel jacket, FRP composites, exterior spiral and longitudinal rebar repaired with dog bone bars. The scheme principle, materials and applicable range of all different reinforcement technique are discussed and compared; the different techniques are applicable to different reinforcement demand for improving the bearing capacity of bridge piers, seismic strengthening and post-earthquake repair.%针对钢筋混凝土桥墩常规加固及抗震加固与修复,研究总结了几种国内外传统加固技术及最新加固技术,包括增大截面加固技术、嵌入加固技术、体外预应力加固技术、钢套管加固技术、FRP加固技术、绕丝加固技术及“狗骨式”筋修复纵筋技术等,对不同加固技术的方案原理、材料及适用范围进行了论述比较,不同的加固技术适用于桥墩承载力提高、抗震加固、震后修复等不同的加固需求.

  17. FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS OF PANEL CAPACITY IN FRP REINFORCED CONCRETE BRIDGE%对FRP筋混凝土桥梁面板承载力性能的非线性有限元分析

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    潘云锋; 郑愚; 于国友

    2011-01-01

    为了研究FRP筋混凝土梁面板的承载能力,采用了大型商用软件ABAQUS对Sherif EI-Gamal等的钢混桥梁模型进行了数值模拟.将非线性有限元计算结果同试验结果进行对比分析,非线性有限元的计算结果与试验结果吻合良好.基于数值模准确的分析结果,对结构体系中的压缩薄膜效应进行了分析,并开展了一系列的参数学习,包括混凝土强度、支撑梁刚度以及横隔梁.分析结果表明,压缩薄膜效应对FRP筋混凝土桥面板的承载能力有显著的影响.%In the investigation of ultimate strengths in FRP reinforced concrete bridge deck slabs, a commercial software named ABAQUS was used to establish the numerical model for steel-concrete composite bridge tests by Sheriff EI-Gamal et al. In the comparison of nonlinear finite element analysis and experimental tests, numerical re sults showed good accordance with those from experimental tests. According to the accurate validation, the analysis of compressive membrane action in this structural type were developed with a series of parametric study, including of concrete compressive strength, supporting beam stiffness and diaphragm beams. It was found that influence from compressive membrane action on loading capacities in FRP reinforced concrete bridge deck slabs was significant.

  18. FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS OF PANEL CAPACITY IN FRP REINFORCED CONCRETE BRIDGE%对FRP筋混凝土桥梁面板承载力性能的非线性有限元分析

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    潘云锋; 郑愚; 于国友

    2011-01-01

    为了研究FRP筋混凝土梁面板的承载能力,采用了大型商用软件ABAQUS对Sherif EI-Gamal等的钢混桥梁模型进行了数值模拟.将非线性有限元计算结果同试验结果进行对比分析,非线性有限元的计算结果与试验结果吻合良好.基于数值模准确的分析结果,对结构体系中的压缩薄膜效应进行了分析,并开展了一系列的参数学习,包括混凝土强度、支撑梁刚度以及横隔梁.分析结果表明,压缩薄膜效应对FRP筋混凝土桥面板的承载能力有显著的影响.%In the investigation of ultimate strengths in FRP reinforced concrete bridge deck slabs, a commercial software named ABAQUS was used to establish the numerical model for steel-concrete composite bridge tests by Sheriff EL-Gamal et al. In the comparison of nonlinear finite element analysis and experimental tests, numerical results showed good accordance with those from experimental tests. According to the accurate validation, the analysis of compressive membrane action in this structural type were developed with a series of parametri6c study, including of conccete compessive stength, supporting beam saiffness and diaphragm beams. It was found that influence from compressive membrane action on loading capacities in FRP reinforced concrete bridge deck slabs was significant.

  19. 刚架拱桥斜撑破坏及加固后可靠性分析%Bracing strut failure and its reliability analysis after reinforce in framed arch bridge

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    姚良云; 陈燊

    2013-01-01

    Based on the framed arch bridge mechanical behavior and its component structure defects, a solid model of batter brace by means of ANSYS program was established to simulate the reduction of the strength in the wet formed joint of the batter brace, resulting from the descent of the elastic modulus of the concrete. Based on its reliability analysis after reinforce in the framed arch bridge, the the residual service-life of bridge could be predicted.%根据刚架拱桥结构的受力特性和构件本身存在的缺陷,利用斜撑的ANSYS实体模型分析刚架拱桥斜撑的破坏机理,以弹模的降低来模拟斜撑湿接缝处混凝土强度的衰变.研究表明湿接缝处混凝土强度不足是斜撑破坏的主要原因,并对斜撑加固后的可靠性进行分析,预测了斜撑的剩余使用寿命.

  20. Application of Bridge Comprehensive Anti-corrosion Technology in Coastal Saline Areas%桥梁综合防腐技术在滨海盐碱地区的应用

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    李贤松

    2012-01-01

    滨海盐碱地区混凝土结构的腐蚀破坏严重影响桥梁的使用寿命和运营安全,通过对混凝土腐蚀机理进行分析,并结合工程实例,对桥梁综合防腐技术进行介绍和探讨。%The corrosion damage of concrete structures in coastal saline areas seriously affect the service life and operational safety of the bridge. After an analysis of the mechanism of concrete corrosion, this paper presnets and discusses the bridge comprehensive anti-corrosion technology in connection with real engineering cases.

  1. Scheme Optimization of Bridge Reinforcement Based on Combination Weighting-TOPSIS Model%基于组合赋权-TOPSIS模型的桥梁加固方案优选

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    赵丹

    2015-01-01

    In order to scientifically determine the optimal scheme of bridge reinforcement, the combina⁃tion weighting-TOPSIS model which was effective to solve the problem of multi-objective decision was introduced into the scheme optimization of bridge reinforcement. Evaluation index system which could reflect economy, reliability, technicality of the reinforcement scheme was established, the analytic hierar⁃chy process (AHP) and entropy value method were used to determine index weight which considered the decision-makers′subjective intention and objective reality at the same time, which avoided the subjec⁃tive randomness partly. TOPSIS method was applied to construct ideal solution which negative ideal solu⁃tion of multi-objective decision. Euclidean distance and relative closeness degree were calculated to choose the answer which was closer to the ideal solution and away from the negative ideal solution as the basis for evaluating the merits and inferiorities of the schemes. In the end, the concrete steps of using combination weighting-TOPSIS model to solve the optimization of the bridge reinforcement scheme were introduced in detail with the combination of the engineering examples. The results show that the optimal scheme is same to the actual one, which verifies that the combination weighting-TOPSIS method is ratio⁃ nal and applicative in decision-making process of the bridge reinforcement scheme optimization.%为科学合理地确定最佳桥梁加固方案,将组合赋权-TOPSIS这一有效解决多目标决策问题的模型引入桥梁加固方案优选,建立了能全面反映加固方案经济性、可靠性、技术性的评价指标体系,利用层次分析法(AHP)和熵值法综合确定指标权重,同时考虑了决策者的主观意向和客观实际,在一定程度上避免了主观随意性。应用TOPSIS法构造多目标决策的理想解与负理想解,计算各方案的欧氏距离和相对贴近度,以靠近理想解和

  2. 基于人工神经网络方法的钢筋混凝土梁式桥损伤鉴识研究%Reinforced Concrete Beam Bridge's Damage Forensic Research Based on Artificial Neural Network Method

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    林立

    2012-01-01

    越来越多的桥梁需要进行损伤维护,面对的首要问题即是如何快速高效地进行损伤鉴定。本文探讨了人工神经网络方法在损伤鉴识方面的可行性,通过对68座钢筋混凝土梁式桥破坏信息的收集整理,建立仿真样本库,训练网络。经过比较选择泛化能力优越的RBF网络,开发了“桥梁工程鉴识专家系统”。利用该系统对一座损伤桥梁进行鉴识分析,良好的效果说明了该系统的有效性以及人工神经网络方法在解决工程鉴识问题方面的卓越能力。%More and more damaged bridges need maintenance. The quick and efficient damage forensic became the most important issue. In this paper, the feasibility of artificial neural network method applicated to the damage forensics was investigated. 68 reinforced concrete girder bridges' damage information was collected for establishment the simulation sample library and training multiple networks. Basing on the compare, the RBF network, because of its generalization, was selected for developing Bridge Engineering Forensic Expert System. The network was used for a damage bridges' forensic. The excellent results demonstrate the effectiveness of the network, and the outstanding ability of artificial neural network method in solving engineering forensic problems.

  3. Re-Assessment of Concrete Bridges

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    Thoft-Christensen, Palle

    In this paper two aspects of re-assessment of the reliability of concrete bridges are discussed namely modelling of the corrosion of reinforcement and updating of uncertain variables. The main reason for deterioration of concrete bridges is corrosion of the reinforcement. Therefore, modelling...

  4. 多种加固方法应用于双曲拱桥主拱圈的提载加固%Reinforcement for Improving Bearing Capacity of A Double Arch Bridge Main Arch by Strengthen Methods

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    黄伟; 申波; 薛守宝; 梁影

    2012-01-01

    In this paper, reinforcement for improving the bearing capacity of a double arch bridge is studied. Based on the test results of a double-arched bridge of Anshun in Guizhou province, the strengthening program of the main arch is proposed. At the section of arch feet, the moment bearing capacity is improved by enlarged upper edge concrete and lower edge concrete of the section, the section is changed to box section. At the other section of the arch, the negative moment bearing capacity is improved by enlarged upper edge concrete of the section, and the positive moment bearing capacity is improved. For the deficiencies of the positive moment bearing capacity, the bonding steel plate is recommended at the arch rib of the other section. The results show that the reinforcement methods can improve load level of the bridge effectively. The construction of the bridge is convenient and can satisfy the design goals.%针对双曲拱桥的提载加固,基于贵州省安顺市木浪河大桥的检测结果,提出了在主拱圈的拱脚上缘增大截面、下缘增大截面改造为箱形断面,以提高拱脚抵抗负弯矩、正弯矩的承载能力;对其它截面采用拱背增大截面以提高抵抗负弯矩的承载能力,相应也提高了抵抗正弯矩的承载能力;对正弯矩承载能力不足的截面,采用粘贴钢板的加固方法.结果表明:采用这种提载加固的设计方法,达到了提高荷载等级的目的,同时方便施工,便于达到加固效果.

  5. 桥梁桩基钢筋笼定位的方案探讨%Discussion of the Plan of Reinforcement Cage Positioning for Bridge Pile Foundation

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    李衍宁

    2014-01-01

    本文呢从桩基钢筋笼偏位对施工所造成的影响作为问题的突破口,深入分析了钢筋笼偏位的原因。缤纷根据笔者切身的实践经验,总结了控制钢筋笼偏位的施工方案,如“抽浆法”、“钢筋笼接长法”等方法。经过现场实践检验,控制效果明显。%Taking the impact of construction which is caused by the deviation of the pile reinforcement cage as the breach of the problem, this article analyzes the reason of the deviation of reinforcement cage. Based on the author’s own experience, the article summarizes the construction schemes to control deviat-ion of reinforcement cage, such as "Pumping slurry method","extending the link of reinforcement cage method", etc. Thro-ugh practical test, the control ef ect is obvious.

  6. Modular FRP Composite Bridge Deck

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    ECT Team, Purdue

    2007-01-01

    The bridge infrastructure of the United States is in constant need of repair and rehabilitation. It is reported that 43% of the bridges in the USA have been identified as being structurally deficient or functionally obsolete due to corrosion. SuperdeckTM, a non-corrosive fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composite bridge deck. The Deck is designed and engineered into a lightweight, strong and rigid structure that will not corrode. The deck sections, composed of hexagon and double-trapezoid profi...

  7. CFRP加固钢筋混凝土桥梁柱节点的试验研究%Experimental research on joint of reinforced concrete bridge column by CFRP

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    万巍

    2012-01-01

    The paper undertakes the experimental research on five joint trials of the carbon fiber reinforced concrete inclined steel bridge and one comparative trial,proves by the test results that the carbon fiber inclined with the cracks plays the similar anti-shearing role with the stirrup after the consolidation,the strength and the deformation capacity of the joints are improved obviously,and the boned carbon fiber of the bent parts of the joint can bear large stress and strain,compared with the respective bent reinforcement.%对5个碳纤维加固钢筋混凝土斜腿钢架桥节点试件和1个对比试件进行了试验研究,试验分析表明,在加固以后,与裂缝斜交的碳纤维起着与箍筋类似的抗剪作用,节点的强度和变形能力有了明显的提高,同时在节点受弯部位粘贴的碳纤维与其相对应处的受弯钢筋相比,承受了较大的应力和应变。

  8. 钢筋混凝土双柱桥墩抗震能力Pushover分析%Pushover analysis of the seismic capacity of reinforced concrete double-column bridge piers

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    王红伟; 刘建新

    2013-01-01

    介绍了Pushover分析方法的基本原理及实施步骤.通过一个算例分析,针对不同侧向力分布模式、不同高度、不同纵向配筋率的双柱桥墩进行Pushover分析.结果表明:对于普通简支梁双柱墩,高度比较低,不同侧向力加载模式对Pushover分析结果影响不大,随着桥墩高度的增加,位移延性系数降低,桥墩延性随着纵向配筋率的提高而降低.%This article deacribes the basic principle and implementation steps of the Pushover analysis method. By a numerical example, RC double-column piers with different lateral force distribution pattern, different heights and different reinforcement ratio were analyzed. The results show that the analysis results for lower piers of simple supported beam bridges are approximately identical under different lateral force distribution, while with the increase of pier height and longitudinal ratio of reinforcement, the displacement ductility factor is reduced.

  9. 桥梁日常养护及维修加固%On Daily Maintenance, Repair and Reinforcement of Bridges

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    魏启明

    2015-01-01

    It would be difficult to repair if a bridge was damaged , what is worst ,it may cause serious traffic interrup-tion and accidents , etc., therefore, effective maintenance of the bridge is an important safeguard to extend its service life, meet the bearing capacity and traffic capacity and guarantee driving safety; and it is of great significance to keep bridge in good state,and it is importantly significant to road transportation .%桥梁损坏后修复起来也比较困难,严重的可能造成交通中断、甚至出现安全事故等,因此,对桥梁进行有效的养护工作,是延长其使用寿命、满足承载能力及通行能力、保障行车安全的重要保证;保持桥梁的良好状态,对公路运输具有极重要的意义。

  10. Index Layers for High-Resolution Orthorectified Imagery from Approximately 1980 for the Coastal Areas of Bering Land Bridge NP (BELA) and Cape Krusenstern NM (CAKR), Northwest Alaska

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    National Park Service, Department of the Interior — This vector shapefile is one of two index map layers for 57 frames of orthorectified aerial photography from approximately 1980 for the coastal and nearshore areas...

  11. Digitized Shorelines from Approximately 1950 1980, and 2003 for the Coastal Areas of Bering Land Bridge NP (BELA) and Cape Krusenstern NM (CAKR), Northwest Alaska

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    National Park Service, Department of the Interior — This file geodatabase contains all the feature classes relevant to the Digital Shorelines and Analysis for the Coastal Areas of Cape Krusenstern. These shoreline...

  12. Index Layers for High-Resolution Orthorectified Imagery from Approximately 1980 for the Coastal Areas of Bering Land Bridge NP (BELA) and Cape Krusenstern NM (CAKR), Northwest Alaska

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    National Park Service, Department of the Interior — This vector shapefile is one of two index map layers for 57 frames of orthorectified aerial photography from approximately 1980 for the coastal and nearshore areas...

  13. Research on Continuous Transformation and Reinforcement for Old Simply Supported Hollow Slab Bridge%旧空心板简支梁桥的连续化改造加固研究

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    韦建刚; 黄蕾; 李佩元; 吴庆雄

    2014-01-01

    In order to improve bearing capacity and safety margin of the old simply supported hollow slab bridge in service ,the authors applied the system transformation thought that was used in the construction of transforming a simply supported bridge structure into a continuous one to the reinforcement of the old simply supported hollow slab bridge in service ,and put forward a method that could reinforce the old bridge and improve their bearing capacity of simply supported continuous transformation .Meanwhile ,the implementation method of this reinforced technology was introduced .The effect of load ,shrinkage and creep of the new and old concrete after simply supported continuous transformation was analyzed .The results indicate that the largest bending moment in the mid‐span is decreased by 13 .8% under the most unfavorable conditions ,and the maximum shear in the edge across the lateral pivot is reduced by 7 .6% ,and the deflection in the mid‐span is even decreased by 42% .T he bending moment led by the shrinkage and creep of the new and old concrete with different ages on pier top is positive bending moment ,which is harmful to the force in cross section .T he bending moment in the cross section of the secondary side span across is the biggest increase by 3 .9% .Negative bending moment value on pier top decreased at the same time ,the biggest decrease of that in the side span is 4 .3% ,so the effects are not signifi‐cant .%为提高既有旧空心板简支梁桥的承载能力和安全储备,将先简支后连续施工方法中的体系转换思想运用到旧空心板简支梁桥的加固改造上,提出了一种旧桥改造提载加固方案———简支连续化改造,并对此加固技术的实施方法进行了介绍;对简支连续化改造后的荷载效应以及连续化后新、旧混凝土收缩徐变效应进行了分析计算。结果表明:最不利工况下跨中最大弯矩下降了13.8%,边跨外侧支点最大剪力降低7.6

  14. Incremental Dynamic Analysis of Corroded Reinforced Concrete Bridge Columns Subjected to Near-field Earthquake%近场地震作用下锈蚀钢筋混凝土桥墩的 IDA 分析∗

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    陈昉健; 易伟建

    2015-01-01

    利用锈蚀钢筋混凝土柱的滞回试验结果,验证钢筋混凝土构件中锈蚀模型的正确性;利用钢筋混凝土框架的振动台试验结果,验证用 OPENSEES 程序进行钢筋混凝土结构非线性动力分析的可行性。在此基础上,从 PEER 地震数据库中选取了30条地震记录,采用 OPENSEES 建立弹塑性有限元动力分析模型,对钢筋锈蚀的钢筋混凝土桥墩在远场地震、近场非脉冲地震和近场脉冲地震作用下的性能进行非线性时程分析,研究桥墩柱在三类地震作用下的反应,以及钢筋锈蚀对结构地震响应的影响。针对近场脉冲地震对结构进行增量动力分析(Incremental dynamic analysis,IDA),得到结构的 IDA 曲线和近场地震作用下钢筋锈蚀对结构抗震性能的影响。分析结果表明,在考虑钢筋锈蚀因素时,近场脉冲地震对结构抗震性能影响最为显著,在结构抗震设计中应引起注意。%Using the hysteresis test results of corroded reinforced concrete columns,the accuracy of the model of corroded steel in reinforced concrete structures was validated.The feasibility of OPENSEES program for the nonlinear dynamic analysis of reinforced concrete structure was verified with the shaking-table test results of reinforced concrete frame.With the program and 30 seismic ground motions selected from the PEER database,a dynamic elastic-plastic finite element model was built.And then,the seismic performance of a corroded reinforced concrete bridge column subjected to far-field earthquake,near-field earthquake with or without impulse action was measured by the nonlinear dynamic time-history analysis in order to study the steel corrosion effect on the structural response under three types of earthquake ground motions.Aiming at the near-field earthquake with impulse action,the Incremental Dynamic Analysis (IDA)was carried out,the IDA curves and the influence of steel corrosion on the seismic performance of the bridge

  15. Ultra thin continuously reinforced concrete pavement research in south Africa

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    Perrie, BD

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available Ultra thin continuously reinforced concrete pavements (UTCRCP), in literature also referred to as Ultra Thin Reinforced High Performance Concrete (UTHRHPC), have been used in Europe successfully as a rehabilitation measure on steel bridge decks...

  16. Railroad Bridges

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    Department of Homeland Security — Bridges-Rail in the United States According to The National Bridge Inspection Standards published in the Code of Federal Regulations (23 CFR 650.3), a bridge isA...

  17. Seismic Damage Analysis of Reinforced Concrete Bridge Piers Based on Beam-Column Elements%基于梁柱单元的钢筋混凝土桥墩地震损伤分析

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    李正; 李忠献

    2011-01-01

    Faria-Oliver model is a simple and effective damage model for concrete.The uniaxial version of the FariaOliver damage model was proposed in the present paper.Meanwhile, the modification of Faria-Oliver model was introduced to describe the unilateral effect of concrete more properly.In addition, the material subroutines i.e.the modified Menegotto-Pinto model for reinforcing steel and the uniaxial modified Faria-Oliver model for concrete were implemented into VUMAT and the equivalent modeling strategy of fiber model was established within the FEA software ABAQUS.Furthermore, the numerical simulations of a cyclic loading test and a shaking table test of the reinforced concrete (RC) bridge piers were conducted.The results of the numerical simulations agreed well with the experimental ones.The present study indicates that the aforementioned uniaxial constitutive models and the equivalent modeling strategy of fiber model are effective and the seismic analysis of RC bridge piers using beam-column elements not only has a high computational efficiency but also provides information about seismic damage evolution.%Faria-Oliver模型是一个简单而有效的混凝土损伤模型.基于Faria-Oliver模型提出了混凝土单轴损伤模型,且加以修正以更好地模拟混凝土单边效应;在ABAQUS软件平台上,编制了含有钢筋修正Menegotto-Pinto模型和混凝土单轴修正Faria-Oliver损伤模型的用户材料子程序VUMAT,建立了纤维模型等效模拟方法;分别模拟了一钢筋混凝土桥墩试件的循环加载试验和一钢筋混凝土桥墩试件的振动台试验,模拟结果与试验结果基本吻合.研究表明:本文所给出的单轴本构模型及纤维模型等效模拟方法有效、适用;基于梁柱单元的钢筋混凝土桥墩地震损伤分析不仅计算效率高而且提供了地震损伤演化过程信息,具有较强的工程实用性.

  18. Experimental Study on Load Test of Concrete Simply Supported T-beam Bridge Reinforced by CFRP in Service%CFRP加固在役混凝土简支T梁实桥荷载试验研究

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    周勇超; 郝宪武

    2012-01-01

    Based on load test of concrete simply supported T-beam bridge reinforced by CFRP in service, the cross-section stress and stiffness in serviceability stage are analyzed in this paper. The results show that CFRP can be coordination with concrete and the carrying capacity of concrete simply supported T-beam is increased by about 45.3% , the stiffness is increased by about 52.7%. Considering the second force, the calculation methods of cross-section stress and stiffness of T-beam in serviceability stage are derived, the calculations are consistent with load test results.%通过对利用CFRP加固的在役钢筋混凝土简支T梁桥荷载试验,研究了正常使用状态下的截面应力、刚度,证明CFRP能够与混凝土协调工作,对在役混凝土简支T梁的承载力提高幅度约为45.3%,刚度提高幅度约为52.7%.在考虑二次受力的基础上,推导了在正常使用状态下,CFRP加固混凝土简支T梁截面应力、短期刚度的计算方法,计算结果与实测结果吻合良好.

  19. Inspection Strategies for Concrete Bridges

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    Sørensen, John Dalsgaard; Thoft-Christensen, Palle

    1989-01-01

    In this paper an optimal inspection strategy for concrete bridges based on periodic routine and detailed inspections is presented. The failure mode considered is corrosion of the reinforcement due to chlorides. A simple modelling of the corrosion and of the inspection strategy is presented....... The optimal inspection strategy is determined from an optimization problem, where the design variables are time intervals between detailed inspections and the concrete cover. The strategy is illustrated on a simple structure, namely a reinforced concrete beam....

  20. Inspection Strategies for Concrete Bridges

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    Sørensen, John Dalsgaard; Thoft-Christensen, Palle

    1989-01-01

    In this paper an optimal inspection strategy for concrete bridges based on periodic routine and detailed inspections is presented. The failure mode considered is corrosion of the reinforcement due to chlorides. A simple modelling of the corrosion and of the inspection strategy is presented....... The optimal inspection strategy is determined from an optimization problem, where the design variables are time intervals between detailed inspections and the concrete cover. The strategy is illustrated on a simple structure, namely a reinforced concrete beam....

  1. Ældre betonbroers bæreevne (Load bearing capacity of old concrete bridges)

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    Nielsen, Anders

    1999-01-01

    Two old bridges have been analysed in connection with their demolition. The first one is a pedestrian bridge, the Gefion bridge, from 1894. This is the first bridge of reinforced concrete in Denmark. Here the creep in the concrete severely have changed the way in which the load on the bridge was ...

  2. 浅埋式桩基础钢筋混凝土拱桥桥墩防撞安全性评价与加固技术研究%Pier anti-collision safety evaluation of reinforced concrete arch bridge with shallow-buried piles and its strengthening technology research

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    吴超; 李德建; 宁夏元; 胡先春

    2013-01-01

    On the background of Yuan River bridge in Wuqiangxi,a method of pier anti-cillision safety evaluation,based on "Highway Bridge Code for Design",was put forward for reinforced concrete arch bridge with shallao-buried piles.On the basis of safety evaluation of Yuan River Bridge pier,a pier strengthening project of Yuan River Bridge in Wuqiangxi was proposed.In order to simulate the interaction of new and old concrete after strengthening of foundation,three-dimensional solid elements were adopted,where two situations of the interface between new and old concrete,i.e.,fully bonded or sliding were taken into account.The feasibility of this pier reinforcement project was studied,which can also provide reference for the similar bridge strengthening engineering.%以五强溪沅水大桥为工程背景,针对浅埋式桩基础钢筋混凝土拱桥,提出基于我国公路桥涵设计规范桥墩防撞安全性评价方法.通过对该桥的桥墩防撞安全性评价提出了相应的桥墩加固方案.采用三维实体单元来模拟基础加固后新老混凝土的共同作用,同时考虑新老混凝土接触面按完全粘结与滑动2种情况建立计算模型,对桥墩防撞加固方案的可行性进行了研究,亦可供同类桥梁加固参考.

  3. Developing a Traffic Management Framework for Coastal Expressway Bridges under Adverse Weather Conditions: Case Study of Rain Day in Shenzhen, China

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    Chenming Jiang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Adverse weather can reduce visibility and road surface friction, lower vehicle maneuverability, and increase crash frequency and injury severity. The impacts of adverse weather and its interactions with drivers and roadway on the operation and management of expressway or expressway bridges have drawn the researchers’ and managers’ attention to develop traffic management frameworks to mitigate the negative influence. Considering the peculiar geographical location and meteorological conditions, the Guangshen Coast Expressway-Shenzhen Segment (GSCE-SS was selected as a case in this study to illustrate the proposed traffic management framework on rain days. Conditions categorized by rainfall intensity and traffic flow were the main precondition to make the management decisions. CORSIM simulator was used to develop the alternate routes choice schemes, providing reference for other systems in the proposed traffic management framework. Maps of (a entrance ramp control (ERC strategies; (b mainline control strategies; (c alternate routes choice; (d information release schemes, under scenarios of different volume and rainstorm warning grades (BLUE to RED, were drawn to present a reference or demonstration for managers of long-span expressway bridges not only in China, but even in the world.

  4. Experiment Study on Normal Section Bearing Capacity of Masonry Arch?Bridge Reinforced with Composite Arch Ring%复合拱圈加固圬工拱桥正截面承载力试验研究

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    乔文靖; 孙克东; 李成华

    2016-01-01

    In order to research on normal section bearing capacity of masonry arch bridge that is strengthened by composite arch ring under cracks of original arch ring,the three sectional models of masonry arch bridge strengthened by composite arch circle are designed,considering the cracks of original arch ring and the mechanical properties of different materials,numerical simulation and experimental research are carried out based on common stress and deformation coordination between the original arch ring and reinforced layer.The results show:When the crack width is 1/4 original arch width,the bearing capacity is 14.5% less than the non crack arch segment;When the crack width is 1/2 original arch width,the bearing capacity is 3 7 .3% less than the non crack arch segment;The bearing capacity decreases in proportion of the increased crack width.%为了研究原拱圈在裂缝作用下,复合拱圈加固圬工拱桥的正截面承载力计算问题,建立了3个复合拱圈加固圬工拱桥节段模型,考虑原拱圈的裂缝和不同材料的力学性能,基于原拱圈和加固层共同受力和协调变形,进行了数值模拟和试验研究.结果表明:当裂缝宽度为原拱圈宽度1/4时,实测承载力比无裂缝拱段减少了14.5%;当裂缝宽度为原拱圈宽度1/2时,实测承载力比无裂缝拱段减少了37.3%,裂缝增大使承载力成比例减小.

  5. Optimum selection on bridge erection with floating crane in East China Sea Bridge and Hangzhou Bay Bridge

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    Shunquan Qin; Pu Zhou; Youheng Hua

    2004-01-01

    @@ Introduction With the rapid development of China′s economy, many bridges will be built over the Chinese coastal waters of Pacific Ocean. Among them, construction of East China Sea Bridge has been commenced in June 2001, and will be completed at the end of 2005, Hangzhou Bay Bridge was also started to construct in June 2003(Fig. 1). These two ultralong bridges are designed as twin expressway bridges standing side by side each carries a 3-lane one-way carriageway. The total width is 31.5m and 33.0m respectively. East China Sea Bridge starts from Nanhui District, Shanghai and extends to the Yangshan Deep Water Port Area, which is located at one of the Qiqu Islands. The total length of the bridge is about 31.0 km, in which 25 km are on the sea, and 22 km is in the unnavigable region. Hangzhou Bay Bridge across the mouth of Qiantang River.

  6. Lifetime Reliability Assessment of Concrete Slab Bridges

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    Thoft-Christensen, Palle

    A procedure for lifetime assesment of the reliability of short concrete slab bridges is presented in the paper. Corrosion of the reinforcement is the deterioration mechanism used for estimating the reliability profiles for such bridges. The importance of using sensitivity measures is stressed. Fi...

  7. Architectural engineering of FRP bridges

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    Smits, J.E.P.

    2014-01-01

    This paper deals with the use of Fibre Reinforced Polymers (FRP's) in architectural and structural bridge design. The challenges and opportunities that come with this relatively new material are discussed. An inventory is made of recent engineers' solutions in FRP, followed by a discussion on architectural application of FRP's derived from the authors architectural practice.

  8. Architectural engineering of FRP bridges

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    Smits, J.E.P.

    2014-01-01

    This paper deals with the use of Fibre Reinforced Polymers (FRP's) in architectural and structural bridge design. The challenges and opportunities that come with this relatively new material are discussed. An inventory is made of recent engineers' solutions in FRP, followed by a discussion on archit

  9. 某预应力连续梁桥底板崩裂后的加固方法及其有限元分析%Reinforcement method and finite element analysis of bottom slab with bursting cracks of a prestressed continuous beam bridge

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    张伊青; 陈玉骥

    2015-01-01

    Because some positioning bars are not installed in place, after prestressed tension, the bursting cracks occurred in the mid-span bottom slab of a long-span continuous bridge under the effect of prestressed radial force. This thesis puts forward the reinforcement scheme for this cracking phenomenon, and uses ANSYS to build the partial models of this bridge. The force condition of the bottom and roof beams which need repair were simulated and computational analysis at different stages in the design of reinforcement to determine the reinforcement scheme is feasible and effective.%某大跨连续梁桥主跨跨中段进行预应力筋张拉后,由于部分定位钢筋未安装到位,跨中底板混凝土在预应力径向力作用下出现崩裂现象。针对该情况下的开裂现象提出了加固方案,并采用 ANSYS 建立该桥局部模型模,对需修复梁段的底板及顶板在加固设计方案中不同阶段的受力情况进行模拟及计算分析,确定该加固方案可行有效。

  10. 基于概率的钢筋混凝土桥梁加固措施影响分析%Probabilistic-based effect analysis of different maintenance actions on reinforced concrete bridges

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    田浩; 金小平; 陈艾荣

    2012-01-01

    为了定量模拟加固措施对退化钢筋混凝土桥梁的影响,建立一种基于概率和有限元的不同加同措施对钢筋混凝土桥梁影响的分析方法.根据结构在退化过程中的不同状态将现有加固措施分为四类:延迟开锈、延缓锈蚀、加强性能以及更换结构.延迟开锈用来推迟钢筋的开始锈蚀时刻,延缓锈蚀可以使钢筋在一段时间内停止锈蚀,加强性能可以提高结构的受力性能,更换结构可以使构件或结构恢复初始状态.详细介绍了每种加固措施对结构影响的模拟方法,编写了加固措施影响的分析模块并加入到已有的软件CBDAS中.利用更新的CBDAS、MonteCarlo模拟、结构失效模型以及体系可靠度计算软件可以求出结构的时变体系可靠度.以一座钢筋混凝土连续梁为对象,利用时变体系可靠度研究不考虑加固和考虑不同加同措施时结构的性能演变规律.结果表明:不同加固措施能延迟结构性能退化,能明显改善结构性能,应根据结构的实际受力状态来选取合适的加固措施.%To quantitatively simulate the effects of maintenance actions on deteriorating reinforced concrete (RC) bridges) a probabilistic-and finite element-based lifetime performance assessment method was proposed. Based on the structural state during the entire degradation process, the existing maintenance actions were firstly categorized as four types: delay open rust, postponement corrosion, strengthen performance and replacement structure. Delay open rust was used to put off the initiation of steel corrosion, postponement corrosion could suppress the corrosion process in a time interval, strengthening performance was applied to improve the structural performance, and replacement structure could restore the components or structure to their original conditions. The simulation methods related to the effects of each maintenance type on the structural lifetime performance were specifically

  11. 环境激励下钢筋混凝土拱桥模态参数识别%Modal Parameter Identification of Reinforced Concrete Arch Bridge under Ambient Excitation

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    蒲黔辉; 秦世强; 施洲; 王秋萍; 勾红叶

    2012-01-01

    为正确选择模态参数识别方法,对某钢筋混凝土拱桥进行了环境振动试验,采用频域、时域和时频分析方法——峰值拾取法(PP)、随机子空间识别(SSI)以及基于经验模态分解(EMD)和随机减量技术(RDT)的方法——识别其模态参数;比较了3种模态参数识别方法的特点和识别结果,并与有限元法计算结果进行了比较.研究结果表明:峰值拾取法的识别速度快,识别的频率较可靠,但识别过程需要较多人工干预;随机子空间识别的理论体系完备,适合程序实现,识别过程能较好地抵消测试过程中噪声等的影响;由于模态混叠的影响,EMD-RDT识别结果具有一定随机性.%An ambient vibration test was conducted on a reinforced concrete arch bridge to correctly choose a modal parameter identification method. Modal parameters were identified using frequency domain, time domain and time-frequency analysis methods. They are the peak-picking, the stochastic subspace identification and the EMD-RDT method based on empirical mode decomposition (EMD) and random decrement technique (RDT) , respectively. The comparisons between the results get from the above different methods and the finite element method (FEM) were carried out. The research result shows that the peak-picking has a very high identification speed and can identify natural frequencies reliably, but it needs a lot manual intervention. The stochastic subspace identification has a complete theoretic system and suits for programming realization, and its identification process can neutralize the influence of noises in dynamic tests- Because of mode mixing, the identification results of the EMD-RDT method have some random properties.

  12. Myocardial Bridging

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    Shi-Min Yuan

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Myocardial bridging is rare. Myocardial bridges are most commonly localized in the middle segment of the left anterior descending coronary artery. The anatomic features of the bridges vary significantly. Alterations of the endothelial morphology and the vasoactive agents impact on the progression of atherosclerosis of myocardial bridging. Patients may present with chest pain, myocardial infarction, arrhythmia and even sudden death. Patients who respond poorly to the medical treatment with β-blockers warrant a surgical intervention. Myotomy is a preferred surgical procedure for the symptomatic patients. Coronary stent deployment has been in limited use due to the unsatisfactory long-term results.

  13. Coastal Morphology and Coastal Protection

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    Van de Graaff, J.

    2009-01-01

    Lecture notes ct5309. Tides, currents and water; coastal problems; sediment transport processes; coastal transport modes; longshore transport; cross-shore transport; fundamentals of mud; channels and trenches; coastal protection; application of structures; application of nourishments.

  14. Detection of active corrosion in reinforced and prestressed concrete: overview of NIST TIP project

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    Gonzalez-Nunez, M. A.; Nanni, A.; Matta, F.; Ziehl, P.

    2011-04-01

    The US transportation infrastructure has been receiving intensive public and private attention in recent years. The Federal Highway Administration estimates that 42 percent of the nearly 600,000 bridges in the Unites States are in need of structural or functional rehabilitation1. Corrosion of reinforcement steel is the main durability issue for reinforced and prestressed concrete structures, especially in coastal areas and in regions where de-icing salts are regularly used. Acoustic Emission (AE) has proved to be a promising method for detecting corrosion in steel reinforced and prestressed concrete members. This type of non-destructive test method primarily measures the magnitude of energy released within a material when physically strained. The expansive ferrous byproducts resulting from corrosion induce pressure at the steel-concrete interface, producing longitudinal and radial microcracks that can be detected by AE sensors. In the experimental study presented herein, concrete block specimens with embedded steel reinforcing bars and strands were tested under accelerated corrosion to relate the AE activity with the onset and propagation stages of corrosion. AE data along with half cell potential measurements and galvanic current were recorded to examine the deterioration process. Finally, the steel strands and bars were removed from the specimens, cleaned and weighed. The results were compared vis-à-vis Faraday's law to correlate AE measurements with degree of corrosion in each block.

  15. Severe ASR damaged concrete bridges

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    Antonio Barbosa, Ricardo; Gustenhoff Hansen, Søren

    2015-01-01

    Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and University of Southern Denmark (SDU) have conducted several full-scale experiments with severe ASR deteriorated bridges. This paper presents few and preliminary results from both the shear tests and the measuring of the material properties. The shear test...... show that the shear capacity is almost unaffected of ASR despite significant reduction in compressive concrete strength. Furthermore, measurements show a significant tensile reinforcement strain developed due to ASR expansion....

  16. Hysteretic behavior of prestressed concrete bridge pier with fiber model.

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    Wang, Hui-li; Feng, Guang-qi; Qin, Si-feng

    2014-01-01

    The hysteretic behavior and seismic characteristics of the prestressed concrete bridge pier were researched. The effects of the prestressed tendon ratio, the longitudinal reinforcement ratio, and the stirrup reinforcement ratio on the hysteretic behavior and seismic characteristics of the prestressed concrete bridge pier have been obtained with the fiber model analysis method. The analysis show some results about the prestressed concrete bridge pier. Firstly, greater prestressed tendon ratio and more longitudinal reinforcement can lead to more obvious pier's hysteresis loop "pinching effect," smaller residual displacement, and lower energy dissipation capacity. Secondly, the greater the stirrup reinforcement ratio is, the greater the hysteresis loop area is. That also means that bridge piers will have better ductility and stronger shear capacity. The results of the research will provide a theoretical basis for the hysteretic behavior analysis of the prestressed concrete pier.

  17. 静载荷作用下钢筋混凝土变截面梁桥有限元仿真%Finite Element Simulation of Reinforced Concrete Tapered Beam Bridge under Static Loading

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    魏湛力; 褚少辉; 张涛; 张艳玲

    2016-01-01

    With the rapid development of China's transport business and increasing load of highway and bridge, coupled with the geographic conditions of many mountains and rivers in China, bridge design and construction is attracting more and more attention. In new bridge design, bridge construction monitoring and finished bridge test, the calculation of stress, strain and deflection is extremely important. This paper uses finite element analysis software ANSYS for static analysis of continuous variable cross-section beam bridge model, mainly to comprehensively evaluate the stress level of tapered beam through analysis and comparison of deformation figure and stress diagram under different loading, in order to provide reference for further study of other characteristic of the continuous variable cross-section bridge and structural optimization.%随着我国交通事业的高速发展,公路桥梁负荷的日益加重,再加上我国多河流山川的地理条件,桥梁设计和施工越来越受到重视。在新桥设计、桥梁施工监控和成桥试验检测中,应力、应变,挠度计算都极其重要。利用有限元分析软件ANSYS对连续变截面梁桥模型进行静力分析,主要是通过分析对比不同载荷作用下的变形图、应力图,全面评价变截面梁的应力水平,为进一步研究连续变截面梁桥的其它特性和结构优化提供参考。

  18. Arch bridges – unlocking their potential

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    Long, Adrian; Nanukuttan, Sreejith

    2016-01-01

    Arch bridges are strong, durable, aesthetically pleasing and require little maintenance but very few have been built since the early 1900s. However, this trend has changed as more than 60 FlexiArch bridges have been installed since the system was launched in 2007. The FlexiArch uses precast concrete voussoirs, requires neither corrodible reinforcement, nor centring, can be installed in hours and is contractor friendly. Details of this innovative method of construction and installation of arch...

  19. National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Bridges

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    Department of Homeland Security — The NBI is a collection of information (database) describing the more than 600,000 of the Nation's bridges located on public roads, including Interstate Highways,...

  20. Coastal Engineering

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    Van der Velden, E.T.J.M.

    1989-01-01

    Introduction, waves, sediment transport, littoral transport, lonshore sediment transport, onshore-offshore sediment transport, coastal changes, dune erosion and storm surges, sedimentation in channels and trenches, coastal engineering in practice.

  1. Effect on longitudinally Continuous Reinforcing Bars' Mechanical Property Caused by the Cracking at Wide Juncture of CRTS-IISlab Ballastless Track on Bridge%桥上CRTS域型板式无砟轨道宽接缝开裂对纵连钢筋受力特性的影响

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    黄河山; 曾毅; 徐光鑫; 任娟娟

    2014-01-01

    CRTS域型板式无砟轨道结构作为一种纵连板式轨道结构,通常采用6根精轧螺纹钢筋实现轨道板的纵向连接;但因外部荷载作用易造成宽接缝新老混凝土连接处发生开裂,轨道板内部纵连钢筋应力重新分布,有可能会威胁到钢筋的正常工作。基于有限单元法,运用单元生死技术,建立不同宽接缝开裂状态(完全开裂或未开裂)下含预应力钢筋的桥上CRTS域型板式轨道结构计算模型,研究不同外部荷载作用对纵连钢筋受力性能的影响。结果表明:宽接缝开裂会导致宽接缝位置处钢筋应力的突变;整体温降对钢筋应力的影响最大,降温幅值过大甚至会导致钢筋屈服破坏;正温度梯度对钢筋应力影响较大,会导致宽接缝开裂处钢筋应力的大幅降低;而负温度梯度和列车荷载作用下,宽接缝处钢筋应力变化均不明显。%CRTS-II slab ballastless track belongs to longitudinally continuous slab-type track structure, and the slabs are usually connected by 6 finish-rolled thread reinforcing bars. However, under the action of external loads, the interface between new and old concrete of wide juncture tends to crack. Subsequently, the cracking will cause stress redistribution of the slab's longitudinally continuous reinforcing bars, posing a threat to the normal work of the reinforcing bars. Based on finite element method and using element birth-death technology, the paper established a calculation model of CRTS-IIslab ballastless track on bridge containing prestressed reinforcing bars under the different crack conditions ( complete cracking or non-cracking ) at the wide juncture, and then researched the influence on the longitudinally continuous bar's mechanical property caused by different external loads. The research results show that: ( a ) The cracking at the wide juncture would cause abrupt stress changing of reinforcing bars. ( b ) Structure's overall

  2. Fatigue Performance of Fiber Reinforced Concrete

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    Jun, Zhang; Stang, Henrik

    1996-01-01

    The objective of the present study is to obtain basic data of fibre reinforced concrete under fatigue load and to set up a theoretical model based on micromechanics. In this study, the bridging stress in fiber reinforced concrete under cyclic tensile load was investigted in details. The damage...... mechanism of the interface between fiber and matrix was proposed and a rational model given. Finally, the response of a steel fiber reinforced concrete beam under fatigue loading was predicted based on this model and compared with experimental results....

  3. Implementation and Non-Destructive Evaluation of Composite Structural Shapes in the Tom's Creek Bridge

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    Hayes, M. D.; J. Haramis; Lesko, John J.; Cousins, Thomas E.; J.C.Duke; Weyers, Richard E.

    2000-01-01

    A bridge rehabilitation utilizing a hybrid fiber reinforced polymeric composite has been completed in Blacksburg, Virginia. This project involved replacing the superstructure in the Tom's Creek Bridge, a rural short-span traffic bridge with a timber deck and corroded steel girders, with a glue-laminated timber deck on composite girders. In order to verify the bridge design and to address construction issues prior to the rehabilitation, a full-scale mock-up of the bridge was built and tested i...

  4. Single fiber pullout from hybrid fiber reinforced concrete

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    Markovich, I.; Van Mier, J.G.M.; Walraven, J.C.

    2001-01-01

    Hybrid fiber reinforcement can be very efficient for improving the tensile response of the composite. In such materials, fibers of different geometries can act as bridging mechanisms over cracks of different widths. The fiber bridging efficiency depends on the interface properties, which makes inter

  5. Single Fibre Pullout from Hybrid Fiber Reinforced Concrete

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    Markovich, I.; Van Mier, J.G.M.; Walraven, J.C.

    2001-01-01

    Hybrid fiber reinforcement can be very efficient for improving the tensile response of the composite. In such materials, fibers of different geometries can act as bridging mechanisms over cracks of different widths. The fiber bridging efficiency depends on the interface properties, which makes inter

  6. A fiber-bridging model with stress gradient effects

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    Yi, Sun; Tao, Li

    2000-05-01

    A fiber-bridging model with stress gradient effects is proposed for unidirectional fiber-reinforced composites. The stress gradient terms are introduced by solving a micromechanical model under a non-uniform stress loading. It is shown that the stress gradient effect is significant on both the fiber-bridging stress distribution and the value of the critical load of fiber failure.

  7. Bridged graphite oxide materials

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    Herrera-Alonso, Margarita (Inventor); McAllister, Michael J. (Inventor); Aksay, Ilhan A. (Inventor); Prud'homme, Robert K. (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    Bridged graphite oxide material comprising graphite sheets bridged by at least one diamine bridging group. The bridged graphite oxide material may be incorporated in polymer composites or used in adsorption media.

  8. Evaluation of Hybrid Reinforcement (Fiber-Reinforced-Plastic Rod with Steel Core)

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    1993-08-01

    Kaci, S. (1992), "Cables Composites pour la Precontrainte : Etude de la Relaxation," Advanced Composite Materials in Bridges and Structures, 1st...Nishizaki, I., Sasaki, I. (1992), "Evaluation of the Durability of Advanced Composites for Applications to Prestressed Concrete Bridges ," Advanced...7:4 z ... ýs (*AA4 - 2-0 4 Theodor Krauthammer Professor of Civil Engineering ABSTRACT The corrosion of concrete reinforcement is a problem that

  9. 地震作用下中等跨径RC连续梁桥系统易损性研究%Study on system vulnerability of medium span reinforced concrete continuous girder bridge under earthquake excitation

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    李立峰; 吴文朋; 黄佳梅; 王连华

    2012-01-01

    Medium span multi-span continuous RC bridges,whose main failure modes are reflected in piers,abutments or bearings,are widely used in China.One common continuous girder bridge is taken as the analytical model;uncertainties in the strength of material and the weight of superstructure are considered,then a set of 10 nominally identical but statistically different bridge samples are developed for the bridge using the Latin hypercube sampling technique.100 earthquake records are chosen from PEER according to the site condition of bridge to account for the uncertainty of ground motions,and then combined randomly with 10 bridge samples.Then,a series of nonlinear time-history analyses are conducted to obtain the responses of structure,and four limit states for different components are defined.vunerability curves of piers,abutments and bearings are obtained utilizing the traditional reliability and probability tools,and furthermore the system vulnerability of structure is studied using the joint failure probability method.The results show that the bearings,especially the active bearing of abutment,are more vulnerable than the column piers and the abutments.The failure probability of bridge system,which is calculated using the first-order and the second-order reliability principles,is larger than those of structural members,indicating that it is more reasonable to assess the seismic behavior of bridge basing on the system vulnerability.%中等跨径混凝土连续梁桥是一种广泛应用的桥梁结构形式,地震作用下该类桥梁的破坏主要体现在桥墩、桥台和支座位置。以一典型多跨连续梁桥为例,考虑材料强度和上部结构容重等不确定性因素的影响,运用拉丁超立方抽样方法建立了10个桥梁样本。根据场地类型从PEER强震数据库中选取100条地震波来模拟地震动的不确定性,并与10个桥梁样本随机组合。对结构进行非线性时程分析后得到结构的响应,并分别定义了

  10. Building Bridges

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    The report Building Bridges adresses the questions why, how and for whom academic audience research has public value, from the different points of view of the four working groups in the COST Action IS0906 Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies – “New Media Genres, Media Literacy and Trust...... in the Media”, “Audience Interactivity and Participation”, “The Role of Media and ICT Use for Evolving Social Relationships” and “Audience Transformations and Social Integration”. Building Bridges is the result of an ongoing dialogue between the Action and non-academic stakeholders in the field of audience...... Belgrade), Leo Pekkala (Finnish Centre for Media Education and Audiovisual Media/MEKU), Julie Uldam (Network on Civic Engagement and Social Innovation) and Gabriella Velics (Community Media Forum Europe)....

  11. Mathematical bridges

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    Andreescu, Titu; Tetiva, Marian

    2017-01-01

    Building bridges between classical results and contemporary nonstandard problems, Mathematical Bridges embraces important topics in analysis and algebra from a problem-solving perspective. Blending old and new techniques, tactics and strategies used in solving challenging mathematical problems, readers will discover numerous genuine mathematical gems throughout that will heighten their appreciation of the inherent beauty of mathematics. Most of the problems are original to the authors and are intertwined in a well-motivated exposition driven by representative examples. The book is structured to assist the reader in formulating and proving conjectures, as well as devising solutions to important mathematical problems by making connections between various concepts and ideas from different areas of mathematics. Instructors and educators teaching problem-solving courses or organizing mathematics clubs, as well as motivated mathematics students from high school juniors to college seniors, will find Mathematical Bri...

  12. NSGA - II Optimization on Life-cycle Seismic Design of Single Circular Reinforced Concrete Bridge Piers%基于 NSGA - II 的规则桥梁圆形单柱 RC 桥墩全寿命造价优化设计

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    柳春光; 张士博; 柳英洲

    2015-01-01

    以基于抗震性能设计基本原则-“投资-效益”准则为理论支撑,提出了将多目标遗传算法与延性抗震设计、地震风险相结合的抗震结构集成全寿命抗震优化设计的新方法,建立了规则桥梁圆形单柱 RC 桥墩多目标全寿命造价优化设计的通用框架。并应用 NSGA - II 建立了以圆形单柱 RC 桥墩截面直径、纵筋和箍筋的配筋率为决策变量,以初始造价和地震损失期望为多目标的全寿命造价优化设计模型。计算结果表明:RC 桥墩多目标全寿命造价优化设计为投资者提供了更加灵活的初始投资的选择空间,同时 NSGA - II 也为该优化设计提供了一个较好的算法支持。%Based on the cost-effectiveness criterion ,a fundamental principle for performance-based seismic design ,a new method for optimizing total life-cycle seismic design of bridge piers was put forward with the consideration of multi -objec-tive genetic algorithm ,seismic ductility design and earthquake risks .According to which ,the general framework of multi-objective total life-cycle cost optimization design for regular reinforced concrete single circular bridge piers was estab -lished .On the platform of NSGA - II ,a total life-cycle cost optimization model of this pier was constructed with the deci -sion variable as section diameter ;the ratios of the longitudinal reinforcement ,the lateral reinforcement ,the initial cost of the structure and the expectation of earthquake loss as multiple objectives .The calculation results indicate that this method can provide the investors with a more flexible initial investment options ,meanwhile NSGA - II can also equip the designers with a better algorithm support for optimization design .

  13. REINFORCED COMPOSITE PANEL

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    2003-01-01

    A composite panel having front and back faces, the panel comprising facing reinforcement, backing reinforcement and matrix material binding to the facing and backing reinforcements, the facing and backing reinforcements each independently comprising one or more reinforcing sheets, the facing...... by matrix material, the facing and backing reinforcements being interconnected to resist out-of-plane relative movement. The reinforced composite panel is useful as a barrier element for shielding structures, equipment and personnel from blast and/or ballistic impact damage....

  14. REINFORCED COMPOSITE PANEL

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    2003-01-01

    A composite panel having front and back faces, the panel comprising facing reinforcement, backing reinforcement and matrix material binding to the facing and backing reinforcements, the facing and backing reinforcements each independently comprising one or more reinforcing sheets, the facing rein...... by matrix material, the facing and backing reinforcements being interconnected to resist out-of-plane relative movement. The reinforced composite panel is useful as a barrier element for shielding structures, equipment and personnel from blast and/or ballistic impact damage....

  15. Coastal Dynamics

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    Bakker, W.T.

    1998-01-01

    This book deals on "Coastal Dynamics", which will be defined in a narrow sense as a mathematical theory, which starts from given equations of motion for the sediment, which leads with the continuity equation and given boundary conditions to a calculated (eventually schematized) coastal topography,

  16. Basal Reinforced Piled Embankments

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    Van Eekelen, S.J.M.

    2015-01-01

    A basal reinforced piled embankment consists of a reinforced embankment on a pile foundation. The reinforcement consists of one or more horizontal layers of geosynthetic reinforcement (GR) installed at the base of the embankment. The design of the GR is the subject of this thesis. A basal reinforce

  17. Basal Reinforced Piled Embankments

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    Van Eekelen, S.J.M.

    2015-01-01

    A basal reinforced piled embankment consists of a reinforced embankment on a pile foundation. The reinforcement consists of one or more horizontal layers of geosynthetic reinforcement (GR) installed at the base of the embankment. The design of the GR is the subject of this thesis. A basal reinforce

  18. 不中断交通维修加固板梁桥铰缝病害处治方案%Treatment Scheme of the Hinge Joint Hazard in the Maintenance and Reinforcement of Plate Girder Bridge without Interrupting Traffic

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    左智

    2014-01-01

    Along with the improvement of the life quality of people, people require more for the convenience of traffic tra-vel. In this paper, under the uninterrupted traffic situations, the author discussed the construction technology of repairing the hinge joint of hol ow plate of bridge.%随着全民生活品质的提高,人们对于出行交通的便捷要求更高了。本文对在不中断交通的情况下,如何进行桥梁空心板铰缝修复的施工工艺做了重点阐述。

  19. IRC evaluates corrosion in repaired concrete bridge slabs

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    Qian, S. [National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, ON (Canada)

    2001-03-01

    The old two-lane Perley Bridge in Hawkesbury, Ontario, has been replaced by a four-lane bridge. The old bridge had a reinforced concrete deck supported by a steel structure. A research project aimed at evaluating the corrosion present in the steel reinforcement in repaired concrete on the old bridge was completed, and the results indicated that corrosion can be predicted in a more reliable manner by using several different corrosion monitoring techniques and analyzing the results. The exposure conditions and the age of the old bridge were known, which made it possible to obtain valuable information on the deterioration process and mechanisms, as well as their effect on the corrosion of the reinforcing steel by examining the slabs. Several factors play a role in the probability and rate of corrosion. They include carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide, nitrous oxide, and chloride present in the atmosphere, and the amounts of oxygen at the interface of the steel reinforcement and the concrete. Half-cell potential measurements, which measure the potential difference between a standard portable half-cell and the reinforcing steel, have been used since the 1980s to identify the condition of concrete structures. This measurement provides only an indication of the likelihood of corrosion. In the case of the Perley Bridge, half-cell potential measurements, linear polarization, and concrete resistivity measurements were taken on four slabs of repaired concrete removed from the bridge. The results demonstrated that each method has benefits and limitations, which used in combination, provide a valid indication of active corrosion in the reinforcement. In the future, the reliability of different techniques will be assessed by considering environmental conditions.

  20. Behavior of FRP Link Slabs in Jointless Bridge Decks

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    Aziz Saber

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper investigated the use of fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP grid for reinforcement in link slabs for jointless bridge decks. The design concept of link slab was examined based on the ductility of the fiberglass-reinforced plastic grid to accommodate bridge deck deformations. The implementation of hybrid simulation assisted in combining the experimental results and the theoretical work. The numerical analyses and the experimental work investigated the behavior of the link slab and confirmed its feasibility. The results indicated that the technique would allow simultaneous achievement of structural need, lower flexural stiffness of the link slab approaching the behavior of a hinge, and sustainability need of the link slab. The outcome of the study supports the contention that jointless concrete bridge decks may be designed and constructed with fiberglass-reinforced plastic grid link slabs. This concept would also provide a solution to a number of deterioration problems associated with bridge deck joints and can be used during new construction of bridge decks. The federal highway administration provided funds to Louisiana Department of Transportation through the innovative bridge research and development program to implement the use of FRP grid as link slab.

  1. Expected damages of retrofitted bridges with RC jacketing

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    Montes, O.; Jara, J. M.; Jara, M.; Olmos, B. A.

    2015-07-01

    The bridge infrastructure in many countries of the world consists of medium span length structures built several decades ago and designed for very low seismic forces. Many of them are reinforced concrete structures that according to the current code regulations have to be rehabilitated to increase their seismic capacity. One way to reduce the vulnerability of the bridges is by using retrofitting techniques that increase the strength of the structure or by incorporating devices to reduce the seismic demand. One of the most common retrofit techniques of the bridges substructures is the use of RC jacketing; this research assesses the expected damages of seismically deficient medium length highway bridges retrofitted with reinforced concrete jacketing, by conducting a parametric study. We select a suite of twenty accelerograms of subduction earthquakes recorded close to the Pacific Coast in Mexico. The original structures consist of five 30 m span simple supported bridges with five pier heights of 5 m, 10 m, 15 m 20 and 25 m and the analyses include three different jacket thickness and three steel ratios. The bridges were subjected to the seismic records and non-linear time history analyses were carried out by using the OpenSEEs Plataform. Results allow selecting the reinforced concrete jacketing that better improves the expected seismic behavior of the bridge models.

  2. Theory and Experiment of Reinforced Concrete Slab Bridges Reinforced by Comprehensive Method of Post-tensioned and Pre-tensioned Prestressing%综合施加预应力法加固钢筋混凝土板桥理论及试验

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    单成林

    2013-01-01

    In order to reduce the cost of reinforced concrete slabs, a new method of comprehensive post-tensioning and pre-tensioning was presented for strengthening reinforced concrete slabs with parallelly laid prestressed steel wire. The method also preloaded stress in mortar layer with common high-strength cement mortar of low cost instead of high-strength polymer mortar. The reinforcement idea, design theory and construction techniques of the method were elaborated, and through model test of a reinforced concrete slab, the test values and the design values had been analyzed to verify the feasibility of this method. The results show that the reinforcement theory of the method is correct and the preloaded stress can be set up in the mortar layer covering steel wire, which relies on the bonding effect of the interface agent on joint surface to ensure that mortar does not peel. The construction method is also feasible. Through the method, common high-strength cement mortar can reduce the cost greatly and the required pre-stress of mortar layer depends on the smaller value of the tensile stress of mortar layer generated by the load after reinforcement, and the shear strength of the joint surface of mortar layer and the component, and the mechanical properties of cross-section will be better.%为了降低加固钢筋混凝土板的成本,提出一种综合采用后张法和先张法加固钢筋混凝土板桥的新方法.通过对砂浆层施加预压应力,可采用低廉的普通高强水泥砂浆代替高强聚合物砂浆.阐明了该方法的加固思想、设计理论及施工工艺;并通过钢筋混凝土板的模型试验,对试验测试值与理论计算值进行了分析,验证了该方法的可行性.结果表明:该方法的加固理论正确,能够在覆盖钢丝的砂浆层中建立起预压应力,并依靠结合面上界面剂的粘结作用,确保砂浆不剥离,施工工艺可行,加固成本大幅降低,覆盖砂浆所需的预压应力取决于加固后

  3. Basal Reinforced Piled Embankments

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    Van Eekelen, S.J.M.

    2015-01-01

    A basal reinforced piled embankment consists of a reinforced embankment on a pile foundation. The reinforcement consists of one or more horizontal layers of geosynthetic reinforcement (GR) installed at the base of the embankment. The design of the GR is the subject of this thesis. A basal

  4. The Reinforcement Hierarchy

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    Forness, Steven R.

    1973-01-01

    Reinforcement hierarchy implies movement along a continuum from top to bottom, from primitive levels of reinforcement to more sophisticated levels. Unless it is immediately obvious that a child cannot function without the use of lower-order reinforcers, we should approach him as though he responds to topmost reinforcers until he demonstrates…

  5. Cable Supported Bridges

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    Gimsing, Niels Jørgen

    Cable supported bridges in the form of suspension bridges and cable-stayed bridges are distinguished by their ability to overcome large spans.The book concentrates on the synthesis of cable supported bridges, covering both design and construction aspects. The analytical part covers simple methods...

  6. Strength Design of Reinforced Concrete Hydraulic Structures; Report 3, T-Wall Design.

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    1982-01-01

    Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute. 1978. CRSI Handbook, 3rd ed. Federation Internationale de la Precontrainte (FIP). 1974. "Recommen- dations for... concrete cover to the stirrups and main steel of a bridge floor beam that has been completely spalled off due to severe steel corrosion. 12. In this...Corrosion damage to a bridge floor beam C6 Tensile crack exposure tests by WES 13. Two series of reinforced concrete beams were made and exposed to

  7. Design of Earthquake Resistant Bridges Using Rocking Columns

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    Barthes, Clement Benjamin

    2012-01-01

    The California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) is urging researchers and contractors to develop the next generation highway bridge design. New design solutions should favor the use of modular construction techniques over conventional cast-in-place reinforced concrete in order to reduce the cost of the projects and the amount of constructions on site. Earthquake resistant bridges are designed such that the columns are monolithically connected to the girder and the foundations. Hence, d...

  8. A Unique Prestressed Concrete Pedestrian Bridge in Spain

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    Ivorra Chorro, Salvador; Alvado Bañón, Joaquín; Crespo Zaragoza, Miguel Ángel

    2014-01-01

    This paper describes the so-called Kiss Bridge. This structure resembles a kiss, a subtle touch of structures. The beams have been structurally designed to adapt the Japanese art of paper folding called "origami." The material used for constructing the floating beams is white reinforced concrete in the form of folded shells. The two geometrically different parts have distinct structural behaviors. The length of the main pathway of both structures is over 60 m. The pedestrian bridge crosses an...

  9. A FIBER-BRIDGING MODEL WITH STRESS GRADIENT EFFECTS

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    孙毅; 李涛

    2000-01-01

    Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100080, China)ABSTRACT: A fiber-bridging model with stress gradient effects is proposed for unidirectional fiber-reinforced composites. The stress gradient terms are introduced by solving a micromechanical model under a non-uniform stress loading. It is shown that the stress gradient effect is significant on both the fiber-bridging stress distribution and the value of the critical load of fiber failure.

  10. Assessing Flood Impacts in Rural Coastal Communities Using LIDAR

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    Johnson, E. S.

    2016-06-01

    Coastal communities are vulnerable to floods from storm events which are further exacerbated by storm surges. Additionally, coastal towns provide specific challenges during flood events as many coastal communities are peninsular and vulnerable to inundation of road access points. Publicly available lidar data has been used to model areas of inundation and resulting flood impacts on road networks. However, these models may overestimate areas that are inaccessible as they rely on publicly available Digital Terrain Models. Through incorporation of Digital Surface Models to estimate bridge height, a more accurate model of flood impacts on rural coastal residents can be estimated.

  11. I-5/Gilman advanced technology bridge project

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    Lanza di Scalea, Francesco; Karbhari, Vistasp M.; Seible, Frieder

    2000-04-01

    The UCSD led I-5/Gilman Advanced Technology Bridge Project will design and construct a fully functional traffic bridge of advanced composite materials across Interstate 5 in La Jolla, California. Its objective is to demonstrate the use of advanced composite technologies developed by the aerospace industry in commercial applications to increase the life expectancy of new structures and for the rehabilitation of aging infrastructure components. The structure will be a 450 ft long, 60 ft wide cable-stayed bridge supported by a 150 ft A-frame pylon with two vehicular lanes, two bicycle lanes, pedestrian walkways and utility tunnels. The longitudinal girders and pylon will be carbon fiber shells filled with concrete. The transverse deck system will consist of hollow glass/carbon hybrid tubes and a polypropylene fiber reinforced concrete deck with an arch action. Selected cables will be composite. The bridge's structural behavior will be monitored to determine how advanced composite materials perform in civil infrastructure applications. The bridge will be instrumented to obtain performance and structural health data in real time and, where possible, in a remote fashion. The sensors applied to the bridge will include electrical resistance strain gages, fiberoptic Bragg gratings and accelerometers.

  12. Coastal Structures

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    Oumeraci, H.; Burcharth, H. F.; Rouck, J. De;

    1995-01-01

    The paper attempts to present an overview of five research projects supported by the Commission of the European Communities, Directorate General XII, under the MAST 2- Programme (Marine Sciences and Technology), with the overall objective of contributing to the development of improved rational me...... methods for the design of coastal structures....

  13. Aerodynamic stability of cable-supported bridges using CFRP cables

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    ZHANG Xin-jun; YING Lei-dong

    2007-01-01

    To gain understanding of the applicability of carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) cable in cable-supported bridges, based on the Runyang Bridge and Jinsha Bridge, a suspension bridge using CFRP cables and a cable-stayed bridge using CFRP stay cables are designed, in which the cable's cross-sectional area is determined by the principle of equivalent axial stiffness.Numerical investigations on the aerodynamic stability of the two bridges are conducted by 3D nonlinear aerodynamic stability analysis. The results showed that as CFRP cables are used in cable-supported bridges, for suspension bridge, its aerodynamic stability is superior to that of the case using steel cables due to the great increase of the torsional frequency; for cable-stayed bridge,its aerodynamic stability is basically the same as that of the case using steel stay cables. Therefore as far as the wind stability is considered, the use of CFRP cables in cable-supported bridges is feasible, and the cable's cross-sectional area should be determined by the principle of equivalent axial stiffness.

  14. Bridges in Complex Networks

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    Wu, Ang-Kun; Liu, Yang-Yu

    2016-01-01

    A bridge in a graph is an edge whose removal disconnects the graph and increases the number of connected components. We calculate the fraction of bridges in a wide range of real-world networks and their randomized counterparts. We find that real networks typically have more bridges than their completely randomized counterparts, but very similar fraction of bridges as their degree-preserving randomizations. We define a new edge centrality measure, called bridgeness, to differentiate the importance of a bridge in damaging a network. We find that certain real networks have very large average and variance of bridgeness compared to their degree-preserving randomizations and other real networks. Finally, we offer an analytical framework to calculate the bridge fraction and average bridgeness for uncorrelated random networks with arbitrary degree distributions.

  15. Development of bridge management system (BMS); Bridge Management System (BMS) no kaihatsu

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    Miyamoto, A.; Kushida, M. [Yamaguchi University, Yamaguchi (Japan). Faculty of Engineering; Adachi, Y. [Hanshin Expressway Public Corp., Osaka (Japan); Matsumoto, M. [Kobe University, Kobe (Japan)

    1997-03-20

    With an objective to develop a bridge management system (BMS) which can execute overall management of road networks, discussions were given on the subject taking advantage of a result of the output from a concrete bridge diagnosis expert system. As its first step, a certain bridge was noticed to discuss an optimal maintenance and management measure which takes into consideration the safety, economic efficiency, functionality, and environmentality. The system has made it possible to estimate deterioration of the bridge after repair and reinforcement by proposing a deterioration curve and setting different hypotheses as a method to forecast performance deterioration of bridge members. Necessity of repair and reinforcement at the time of checking was determined from the result of an output from the expert system to select a construction method. A scheduled number of service years is set, all of the combinations of maintenance and management measures which satisfy the scheduled service life were retrieved, and an optimal maintenance and management measure was indicated, whose total cost is minimum among the proposed measures. Applying this MBS is capable to some extent of evaluating the effect of executing different measures and making economical optimization. 15 refs., 12 figs., 18 tabs.

  16. CFRP板加固箱梁桥顶板在沥青面层施工高温作用后的疲劳性能%Fatigue performance of CFRP reinforced box girder bridge top slab subjected to high temperature impact during asphaltpavement construction

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    袁鑫; 张继文; 宋守坛

    2012-01-01

    In order to research the fatigue performance on CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced polymer) reinforced box girder bridge top slab influence of high temperature during asphaltpavement construction, the armoured concrete girders with and without affixed CFRP were tested in the laboratory for fatigue simulation comparsison under high temperature condition. The strains of steel bar, concrete and CFRP were adopted as parameters to research the influence of high temperature on fatigue crack evolution, deflection increment rule and the CFRP adhesive normal stress. The results show that the armoured concrete girders with affixed CFRP fatigue performance subjected to high temperature has distinctness enhance contrast to that without affixed CFRP, such as the fatigue strength, the stiffness, the resist crack evolution and the limit flexural loading capacity. As example,The limit carrying capacity is increased by 24. 6% , the stiffness is increased by 23. 0% and the mean maximize crack is decreased by 15.2% .%为了研究沥青面层施工时的高温对公铁两用CFRP板加固的箱梁桥顶板疲劳性能的影响,在室内对粘贴CFRP板前后的钢筋混凝土梁进行了高温环境下的疲劳模拟对比试验.从钢筋、混凝土、CFRP应变的角度,开展了高温对粘贴CFRP板的钢筋混凝土试验梁疲劳裂缝发展、挠度增长规律、黏结胶层及界面应力影响的研究.结果表明:经过高温阶段后粘贴CFRP板的钢筋混凝土梁在疲劳强度、刚度、阻止裂缝发展、抗弯极限承载能力等方面都比未粘贴CFRP板前有所提高.极限承载能力提高了24.6%,刚度提高了23.0%,平均最大裂缝减小了15.2%.

  17. Application of bridging-law concepts to short-fibre composites

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    Lindhagen, J.E.; Gamstedt, Kristofer; Berglund, L.A.

    2000-01-01

    This is the third paper in a series of four where notch sensitivity, fracture energy and bridging laws are studied in short-fibre polymer composites. Here, bridging laws are derived from experimental crack-opening profiles in centre-hole notched tensile specimens. The materials studied are three...... types of commercial glass-mat composites with different reinforcement structures and matrices. The materials have softening bridging laws and the calculated fracture energies from bridging laws are in good agreement with values determined directly by experiment. The calculated maximum local bridging...

  18. Southern African Coastal vulnerability assessment

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    Rautenbach, C

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available “Accommodation” e.g. raising property B “Soft engineering” /Restoration B1 Sand nourishment B2 Managed (vegetated &/ reinforced) dune B3 Managed/rehabilitated mangrove/wetland areas C “Hard engineering” & armouring C1s Seawalls (vertical / curved concrete... wave regime - direct wave impacts •Extreme inshore sea water levels due to SLR & storms - flooding & inundation •Coastal erosion & under-scouring due to SLR & sea storms •Complexities, thresholds, & non-linearities - e.g. sand transport •Combination...

  19. Interfacial chemistry of zinc anodes for reinforced concrete structures

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    Covino, B.S. Jr.; Bullard, S.J.; Cramer, S.D.; Holcomb, G.R. [Dept. of Energy, Albany, OR (United States). Albany Research Center; McGill, G.E.; Cryer, C.B. [Oregon Dept. of Transportation, Salem, OR (United States); Stoneman, A. [International Lead Zinc Research Organization, Research Triangle Park, NC (United States); Carter, R.R. [California Dept. of Transportation, Sacramento, CA (United States)

    1997-12-01

    Thermally-sprayed zinc anodes are used in both galvanic and impressed current cathodic protection systems for reinforced concrete structures. The Albany Research Center, in collaboration with the Oregon Department of Transportation, has been studying the effect of electrochemical aging on the bond strength of zinc anodes for bridge cathodic protection systems. Changes in anode bond strength and other anode properties can be explained by the chemistry of the zinc-concrete interface. The chemistry of the zinc-concrete interface in laboratory electrochemical aging studies is compared with that of several bridges with thermal-sprayed zinc anodes and which have been in service for 5 to 10 years using both galvanic and impressed current cathodic protection systems. The bridges are the Cape Creek Bridge on the Oregon coast and the East Camino Undercrossing near Placerville, CA. Also reported are interfacial chemistry results for galvanized steel rebar from the 48 year old Longbird Bridge in Bermuda.

  20. Management of Reinforcement Corrosion

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    Küter, André; Geiker, Mette Rica; Møller, Per

    Reinforcement corrosion is the most important cause for deterioration of reinforced concrete structures, both with regard to costs and consequences. Thermodynamically consistent descriptions of corrosion mechanisms are expected to allow the development of innovative concepts for the management...... of reinforcement corrosion....

  1. Partial Planning Reinforcement Learning

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    2012-08-31

    This project explored several problems in the areas of reinforcement learning , probabilistic planning, and transfer learning. In particular, it...studied Bayesian Optimization for model-based and model-free reinforcement learning , transfer in the context of model-free reinforcement learning based on

  2. Variable Resolution Reinforcement Learning.

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    1995-04-01

    Can reinforcement learning ever become a practical method for real control problems? This paper begins by reviewing three reinforcement learning algorithms... reinforcement learning . In addition to exploring state space, and developing a control policy to achieve a task, partigame also learns a kd-tree partitioning of

  3. Practical applications of asset management and comakership business models for FRP bridges

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    Sebastian, R.

    2012-01-01

    Fibre Reinforced Polymer (FRP) material and the associated technologies for bridge construction and refurbishment have been proven to be durable and sustainable. Much research and a number of recent projects have demonstrated that FRP bridges can also be cost-effective, provided that the cost and be

  4. Application of Composite Structures in Bridge Engineering. Problems of Construction Process and Strength Analysis

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    Flaga Kazimierz; Furtak Kazimierz

    2015-01-01

    Steel-concrete composite structures have been used in bridge engineering from decades. This is due to rational utilisation of the strength properties of the two materials. At the same time, the reinforced concrete (or prestressed) deck slab is more favourable than the orthotropic steel plate used in steel bridges (higher mass, better vibration damping, longer life).

  5. Experimental study of cathodic protection of concrete from a 30 year old bridge

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    Polder, R.B.; Nerland, O.C.

    1998-01-01

    An experimental study of cathodic protection (CP) was carried out with a conductive primer anode applied to specimens from a concrete bridge. The bridge was demolished after 30 years of service due to severe delaminations and reinforcement corrosion. Four specimens of approximately 1 m2 each were ma

  6. NATURAL CORROSION INHIBITORS FOR STEEL REINFORCEMENT IN CONCRETE — A REVIEW

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    PANDIAN BOTHI RAJA; SEYEDMOJTABA GHOREISHIAMIRI; MOHAMMAD ISMAIL

    2015-01-01

    Reinforced concrete is one of the widely used construction materials for bridges, buildings, platforms and tunnels. Though reinforced concrete is capable of withstanding a large range of severe environments including marine, industrial and alpine conditions, there are still a large number of failures in concrete structures for many reasons. Either carbonation or chloride attack is the main culprit which is due to depassivation of reinforced steel and subsequently leads to rapid steel corrosio...

  7. Multiobjective optimization of maintenance planning for existing bridges by using Bridge Management System (BMS); Bridge Management System (BMS) wo riyo shita kizon kyoryo no saiteki iji kanri keikaku no sakutei

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    Miyamoto, A.; Nakamura, H. [Yamagata Univ. (Japan). Faculty of Science] Kawamura, K. [Yamaguchi Univ., Yamaguchi (Japan). Graduate School

    1998-03-20

    The authors have been developing the Bridge Management System. As one of main functions of this system, a new function is added which affords an optimum maintenance plan (repair and reinforcing) with consideration of the cost and quality of bridge members for each subject bridge. {epsilon}-Limiting method is used for multiobjective optimization and the genetic algorithm to enable parallel search of the solution is adopted for the search of the optimum solution. In this system, various data of the bridge and inspection data are processed in the deterioration diagnosis function and its output is processed in the deterioration prediction function. From the result, the optimum maintenance plan is produced in the maintenance plan optimization function. The maintenance measure (repair and reinforcing) and the effects of the maintenance measure on the predicted deterioration curve should be determined beforehand for the optimization. An application of this system to an existing bridge verifies the efficacy of the system. 18 refs., 8 figs., 9 tabs.

  8. Strengthening of a railway bridge with NSMR and CFRP tubes

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    Täljsten, Björn; Bennitz, Anders; Danielsson, Georg

    2008-01-01

    Strengthening of structures with CFRP is today considered an accepted method to upgrade concrete structures. In this paper two different CFRP strengthening systems are combined to give extended service life to a Swedish double-trough-double-track railway bridge, constructed in concrete with a 10...... meter span. One system is the reliable NSMR (Near Surface Mounted Reinforcement) system while the other one is new; intended to strengthen the interior of a concrete structure, and the other system uses CFRP tubes integrated in drilled holes in the bridge. Both systems are used to increase tensile...... flexural strength of the slab transverse to the tracks. NSMR bars are positioned in the concrete cover on the underside of the bridge, while the new system is inserted in holes drilled through the bridge, in the cross direction and located in the upper part of the bridge slab. In connection...

  9. Prevention of reinforcement corrosion by hydrophobic treatment of concrete

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    Polder, R.B.; Borsje, H.; Vries, H. de

    2001-01-01

    Corrosion of reinforcement in concrete bridge decks may occur due to penetration of de-icing salts, even in the presence of an asphalt overlay. This paper reports a laboratory study into additional protection of concrete by hydrophobic treatment. It was found that hydrophobic treatment strongly redu

  10. Corrosion protection of reinforcement by hydrophobic treatment of concrete

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    Polder, R.B.; Vries, H. de

    1999-01-01

    Penetration of de-icing salts into concrete bridge decks may cause corrosion of reinforcement. Hydrophobic treatment of concrete was studied as additional protection. It was shown that hydrophobic treatment strongly reduces chloride ingress, during semi-permanent contact and in wetting/drying situat

  11. Soil Reinforcement Techniques

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    Prashant Patil

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available In many activities concerned with the use of soil, the physical properties like Stiffness, Compressibility and Strength are some of the few important parameters to be considered. Of the many methods involved in improvement of soil properties, soil reinforcement is method concerned with increase of strength properties of soil. In soil reinforcement, the reinforcements or resisting element are of different materials and of various forms depending upon the intended use. The reinforcement can be provided permanently or temporarily to increase strength of adjacent structures. The present topic of discussion involves different materials, forms and applications of soil reinforcement

  12. reliability assessment of stringers spacings in bridges as function of ...

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    Reinforced concrete and steel which have edged out timber as a ... with concrete bridges built that are between forty and fifty years old. ... severe weather and site conditions, which is one of its attractive ... tropics but also as a sustainable development which will help to ...... strength: a linear cumulative damage theory. Wood.

  13. Cathodic protection of RC structures - Far more than bridge decks

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    Nerland, O.C.; Polder, R.B.

    2002-01-01

    When the first trials with Cathodic Protection (CP) on reinforced concrete (RC) structures were carried out nearly 30 years ago the main aim was treating steel in bridge decks, suffering from chloride induced corrosion. Various types of anode systems (conductive asphalt, conductive mortars, carbon f

  14. Habituation of reinforcer effectiveness

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    David R Lloyd

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper we propose an integrative model of habituation of reinforcer effectiveness (HRE that links behavioral and neural based explanations of reinforcement. We argue that habituation of reinforcer effectiveness (HRE is a fundamental property of reinforcing stimuli. Most reinforcement models implicitly suggest that the effectiveness of a reinforcer is stable across repeated presentations. In contrast, an HRE approach predicts decreased effectiveness due to repeated presentation. We argue that repeated presentation of reinforcing stimuli decreases their effectiveness and that these decreases are described by the behavioral characteristics of habituation (McSweeney and Murphy, 2009;Rankin et al., 2009. We describe a neural model that postulates a positive association between dopamine neurotransmission and HRE. We present evidence that stimulant drugs, which artificially increase dopamine neurotransmission, disrupt (slow normally occurring HRE and also provide evidence that stimulant drugs have differential effects on operant responding maintained by reinforcers with rapid vs. slow HRE rates. We hypothesize that abnormal HRE due to genetic and/or environmental factors may underlie some behavioral disorders. For example, recent research indicates that slow-HRE is predictive of obesity. In contrast ADHD may reflect ‘accelerated-HRE’. Consideration of HRE is important for the development of effective reinforcement based treatments. Finally, we point out that most of the reinforcing stimuli that regulate daily behavior are non-consumable environmental/social reinforcers which have rapid-HRE. The almost exclusive use of consumable reinforcers with slow-HRE in pre-clinical studies with animals may have caused the importance of HRE to be overlooked. Further study of reinforcing stimuli with rapid-HRE is needed in order to understand how habituation and reinforcement interact and regulate behavior.

  15. Coastal Inlet Model Facility

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    Federal Laboratory Consortium — The Coastal Inlet Model Facility, as part of the Coastal Inlets Research Program (CIRP), is an idealized inlet dedicated to the study of coastal inlets and equipped...

  16. COASTAL, Pacific, Washington

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    Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security — Coastal study data as defined in FEMA Guidelines and Specifications, Appendix D: Guidance for Coastal Flooding Analyses and Mapping, submitted as a coastal study.

  17. Coastal Analysis, Northampton, VA

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    Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security — Coastal study as defined in FEMA Guides and Specifications, Appendix D: Guidance for coastal Flooding Analyses and Mapping submitted as a result of a coastal study....

  18. Taizhou Yangtze River Bridge

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    2012-01-01

    Taizhou Bridge lies between Taizhou, Zhenjiang and Changzhou City in Jiangsu Province. The total length of Taizhou Bridge is 62.088 kin. The whole line is designed by freeway codes with six lanes in two directions. The wholeinvestment is 9.37 billion RMB and the planned construction duration is 5.5 years. The main bridge crossing the Yangtze River is a continuous three-pylon two-span suspension bridge with the main span of 1 080 m. The bridge system is realized for the first time and ranks first in the world until now.

  19. Coastal Navigation Portfolio Management

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    2015-02-19

    the entire navigation portfolio of projects , both inland and coastal. The Coastal Structures Management , Analysis, and Ranking Tool (CSMART) is a...FEB 2015 2. REPORT TYPE 3. DATES COVERED 00-00-2015 to 00-00-2015 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Coastal Navigatoin Portfolio Management 5a. CONTRACT...CIRP.aspx Coastal Inlets Research Program Coastal Navigation Portfolio Management The Coastal Navigatoin Portfolio Management work unit

  20. Introduction to coastal engineering

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    D' Angremond, K.; Pluim-van der Velden, E.T.J.M.

    2001-01-01

    Lecture notes on genesis of the coastline, climatology, oceanography, coastal morphology, coastal formations, coastalzonde management, tidal inlets and estuaries, pollution and density problems, practical problems and common solutions.

  1. Reinforcement Learning: A Tutorial.

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    1997-01-01

    The purpose of this tutorial is to provide an introduction to reinforcement learning (RL) at a level easily understood by students and researchers in...provides a simple example to develop intuition of the underlying dynamic programming mechanism. In Section (2) the parts of a reinforcement learning problem... reinforcement learning algorithms. These include TD(lambda) and both the residual and direct forms of value iteration, Q-learning, and advantage learning

  2. Mechanically reinforced glass beams

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    Nielsen, Jens Henrik; Olesen, John Forbes

    2007-01-01

    to breakage without any warning or ductility, which can be catastrophic if no precautions are taken. One aspect of this issue is treated here by looking at the possibility of mechanically reinforcing glass beams in order to obtain ductile failure for such a structural component. A mechanically reinforced...... the mechanical behavior of the beam is explained. Finally, some design criterions for reinforced glass beams are discussed....

  3. The South Carolina bridge-scour envelope curves

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    Benedict, Stephen T.; Feaster, Toby D.; Caldwell, Andral

    2016-09-30

    The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the South Carolina Department of Transportation, conducted a series of three field investigations to evaluate historical, riverine bridge scour in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain regions of South Carolina. These investigations included data collected at 231 riverine bridges, which lead to the development of bridge-scour envelope curves for clear-water and live-bed components of scour. The application and limitations of the South Carolina bridge-scour envelope curves were documented in four reports, each report addressing selected components of bridge scour. The current investigation (2016) synthesizes the findings of these previous reports into a guidance manual providing an integrated procedure for applying the envelope curves. Additionally, the investigation provides limited verification for selected bridge-scour envelope curves by comparing them to field data collected outside of South Carolina from previously published sources. Although the bridge-scour envelope curves have limitations, they are useful supplementary tools for assessing the potential for scour at riverine bridges in South Carolina.

  4. Military Adaptation of Kevlar for Portable Bridge Reinforcement Cables.

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    1980-06-18

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  5. Bamboo Reinforced Concrete Truss Bridge for Rural Infrastructure

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    D. Nuralinah; S. M. Dewi

    2014-01-01

    Bamboo is one of a potential renewable construction material in the village. Bamboo is known to have a high mechanical strength in direction of the fibers. The weakness of bamboo in lateral direction of the fiber could be solved by constructing a composite structure with the concrete. The appropriate construction with hold the loads in axial direction is a truss structure. In a bamboo concrete truss structure, the bars are composed from the concrete column with a bamboo reinforcem...

  6. Modal analysis of cable-stayed UHPC bridge

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    Tej Petr

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper deals with the dynamic analysis of cable-stayed UHPC bridge over the Vltava river near town Melnik in Czech Republic, Europe. Bridge serves for pedestrians and cyclists. This work aims to familiarize the reader with dynamic calculations carried out and the results obtained, describing the dynamic properties of proposed bridge. The construction of bridge is designed as a cable-stayed structure with prestressed bridge deck consisting of prefabricated UHPC panels and reversed “V” shaped steel pylon with height of approximately 40 meters. The deck is anchored using 24 steel hangers in one row in a steel pylon - 17 ropes in the main span and 7 cables on the other side. Range of the main span is 99.18 meters and the secondary span is 31.9 m. Deck width is 4.5 meters with 3.0 meters passing space. The bridge is designed for the possibility of passage of vehicles weighting up to 3.5 tonnes. Deck panels are made of UHPC with reinforcement. At the edge of the bridge on the side of the shorter span the bridge deck is firmly connected with abutment and on the other deck it is stored using a pair of sliding bearings.

  7. Token reinforcement: a review and analysis.

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    Hackenberg, Timothy D

    2009-03-01

    Token reinforcement procedures and concepts are reviewed and discussed in relation to general principles of behavior. The paper is divided into four main parts. Part I reviews and discusses previous research on token systems in relation to common behavioral functions--reinforcement, temporal organization, antecedent stimulus functions, and aversive control--emphasizing both the continuities with other contingencies and the distinctive features of token systems. Part II describes the role of token procedures in the symmetrical law of effect, the view that reinforcers (gains) and punishers (losses) can be measured in conceptually analogous terms. Part III considers the utility of token reinforcement procedures in cross-species analysis of behavior more generally, showing how token procedures can be used to bridge the methodological gulf separating research with humans from that with other animals. Part IV discusses the relevance of token systems to the field of behavioral economics. Token systems have the potential to significantly advance research and theory in behavioral economics, permitting both a more refined analysis of the costs and benefits underlying standard economic models, and a common currency more akin to human monetary systems. Some implications for applied research and for broader theoretical integration across disciplines will also be considered.

  8. Tough ceramic coatings: Carbon nanotube reinforced silica sol-gel

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    Lopez, A.J., E-mail: antoniojulio.lopez@urjc.es [Dept. de Ciencia e Ingenieria de Materiales, ESCET, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, C/Tulipan s/n, Mostoles 28933, Madrid (Spain); Rico, A.; Rodriguez, J.; Rams, J. [Dept. de Ciencia e Ingenieria de Materiales, ESCET, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, C/Tulipan s/n, Mostoles 28933, Madrid (Spain)

    2010-08-15

    Silica coatings reinforced with carbon nanotubes were produced via sol-gel route using two mixing techniques of the sol-gel precursors, mechanical and ultrasonic mixing, and dip-coating as deposition process on magnesium alloy substrates. Effective incorporation and distribution of 0.1 wt.% of carbon nanotubes in the amorphous silica matrix of the coatings were achieved using both techniques. Fabrication procedure determines the morphological aspects of the coating. Only mechanical mixing process produced coatings dense and free of defects. Nanoindentation technique was used to examine the influence of the fabrication process in the mechanical features of the final coatings, i.e. indentation fracture toughness, Young's modulus and hardness. A maximum toughening effect of about 24% was achieved in silica coatings reinforced with carbon nanotubes produced by the mechanical mixing route. Scanning electron microscopy investigation revealed that the toughening of these reinforced coatings was mainly due to bridging effect of the reinforcement.

  9. Hybrid fiber reinforcement and crack formation in Cementitious Composite Materials

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    Pereira, E.B.; Fischer, Gregor; Barros, J.A.O.

    2011-01-01

    reinforcement systems. The research described in this paper shows that the multi-scale conception of cracking and the use of hybrid fiber reinforcements do not necessarily result in an improved tensile behavior of the composite. Particular material design requirements may nevertheless justify the use of hybrid......The use of different types of fibers simultaneously for reinforcing cementitious matrices is motivated by the concept of a multi-scale nature of the crack propagation process. Fibers with different geometrical and mechanical properties are used to bridge cracks of different sizes from the micro......- to the macroscale. In this study, the performance of different fiber reinforced cementitious composites is assessed in terms of their tensile stress-crack opening behavior. The results obtained from this investigation allow a direct quantitative comparison of the behavior obtained from the different fiber...

  10. Bridge Crossing Simulator

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    2014-10-07

    Requirement BCS Computer-controlled hydraulic actuation system to impart simulated crossing loads on an entire bridge structure undergoing fatigue test ...structure. Bridge test site with prepared embankments corresponding to the span and bank condition requirements of the bridge under test Conduct real...Center (AEC). (5) Sample size and number of crossings required. The number of required simulated crossings to conduct fatigue testing per the

  11. Bridge Condition Assessment based on Vibration Responses of Passenger Vehicle

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    Miyamoto, Ayaho; Yabe, Akito

    2011-07-01

    In this paper, we propose a new method of assessing the condition of existing short- and medium-span reinforced/prestressed concrete bridges based on vibration monitoring data obtained from a public bus. This paper not only describes details of a prototype monitoring system that uses information technology and sensors capable of providing more accurate knowledge of bridge performance than conventional ways but also shows a few specific examples of bridge condition assessment based on vehicle vibrations measured by using an in-service public bus equipped with vibration measurement instrumentation. This paper also describes a sensitivity analysis of deteriorating bridges based on simulation of the acceleration response of buses conducted by the "substructure method" employing a finite element model to verify the above bridge performance results. The main conclusions obtained in this study can be summarized as follows: (1) Because the vibration responses of passenger vehicles, such as buses, have a good linear relationship with the vibration responses of the target bridges, the proposed system can be used as a practical monitoring system for bridge condition assessment. (2) The results of sensitivity analysis performed by the substructure method show that bus vibration responses are useful for evaluating target bridge performance. (3) The proposed method was applied to a network of real bridges in a local area to evaluate its effectiveness. The results indicate that the proposed method can be used to prioritize the repair/strengthening works of existing bridges based on various vibration information in order to help bridge administrators establish rational maintenance strategies.

  12. Semiconductor bridge (SCB) detonator

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    Bickes, Jr., Robert W.; Grubelich, Mark C.

    1999-01-01

    The present invention is a low-energy detonator for high-density secondary-explosive materials initiated by a semiconductor bridge igniter that comprises a pair of electrically conductive lands connected by a semiconductor bridge. The semiconductor bridge is in operational or direct contact with the explosive material, whereby current flowing through the semiconductor bridge causes initiation of the explosive material. Header wires connected to the electrically-conductive lands and electrical feed-throughs of the header posts of explosive devices, are substantially coaxial to the direction of current flow through the SCB, i.e., substantially coaxial to the SCB length.

  13. Bridging the Gap

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    Kramer Overgaard, Majken; Broeng, Jes; Jensen, Monika Luniewska; Murdock, Karen; Schmidt, Iben Julie

    2015-01-01

    Bridging the Gap (BtG) is a 2-year project funded by The Danish Industry Foundation. The goal of Bridging the Gap has been to create a new innovation model which will increase the rate at which Danish universities can spinout new technology ventures. Bridging the Gap (BtG) is a 2-year project funded by The Danish Industry Foundation. The goal of Bridging the Gap has been to create a new innovation model which will increase the rate at which Danish universities can spinout new technology ve...

  14. Bridging the Gap

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    Kramer Overgaard, Majken; Broeng, Jes; Jensen, Monika Luniewska;

    Bridging the Gap (BtG) is a 2-year project funded by The Danish Industry Foundation. The goal of Bridging the Gap has been to create a new innovation model which will increase the rate at which Danish universities can spinout new technology ventures.......Bridging the Gap (BtG) is a 2-year project funded by The Danish Industry Foundation. The goal of Bridging the Gap has been to create a new innovation model which will increase the rate at which Danish universities can spinout new technology ventures....

  15. Multi-Physics and Multi-Scale Deterioration Modelling of Reinforced Concrete

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    Michel, Alexander; Stang, Henrik; Lepech, M.;

    2016-01-01

    , methods and tools for modelling decades-long deterioration and maintenance are much less developed. In this paper, a multi-physics and multi-scale modelling approach for structural deterioration of reinforced concrete components due to reinforcement corrosion is presented. The multi-disciplinary modelling......Deterioration of reinforced concrete infrastructure such as bridges, tunnels, and buildings represents one of the major challenges currently facing developed countries. While engineering tools and methods for structural modelling and design of new reinforced concrete infrastructure are mature...

  16. Continuous Reinforced Concrete Beams

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    Hoang, Cao Linh; Nielsen, Mogens Peter

    1996-01-01

    This report deals with stress and stiffness estimates of continuous reinforced concrete beams with different stiffnesses for negative and positive moments e.g. corresponding to different reinforcement areas in top and bottom. Such conditions are often met in practice.The moment distribution...

  17. Hierarchical Multiagent Reinforcement Learning

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    2004-01-25

    In this paper, we investigate the use of hierarchical reinforcement learning (HRL) to speed up the acquisition of cooperative multiagent tasks. We...introduce a hierarchical multiagent reinforcement learning (RL) framework and propose a hierarchical multiagent RL algorithm called Cooperative HRL. In

  18. Dynamic Characterization of an All-FRP Bridge

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    Casalegno, C.; Russo, S.

    2017-03-01

    The light weight and high deformability of bridges made with pultruded FRP (fiber-reinforced polymer) materials make them very promising, but, at the same time, vulnerable to dynamic loadings. As a consequence, the vibration serviceability limit state can govern their design. There is currently a lack of data about the dynamic characteristics of FRP bridges and of design guidelines for securing their vibration serviceability. The paper presents the results of dynamic testing and characterization of an all-FRP spatial footbridge. The main modal parameters of the bridge are evaluated by an experimental modal analysis and by comparison of experimental data with FE analysis results. The identified flexural and torsional modes of the bridge are characterized by relatively high values of frequencies and damping. Results of the dynamic characterization give useful information about the dynamic characteristics of this kind of structures and can contribute to the elaboration of future guidelines for providing them with the vibration serviceability.

  19. "Reinforcement" in behavior theory.

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    Schoenfeld, W N

    1978-01-01

    In its Pavlovian context, "reinforcement" was actually a descriptive term for the functional relation between an unconditional and a conditional stimulus. When it was adopted into operant conditioning, "reinforcement" became the central concept and the key operation, but with new qualifications, new referents, and new expectations. Some behavior theorists believed that "reinforcers" comprise a special and limited class of stimuli or events, and they speculated about what the essential "nature of reinforcement" might be. It is now known that any stimulus can serve a reinforcing function, with due recognition of such parameters as subject species characteristics, stimulus intensity, sensory modality, and schedule of application. This paper comments on these developments from the standpoint of reflex behavior theory.

  20. Bearing Capacity of High Density Polyethylene (HDPE Reinforced Sand Using Plate Load Test

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    Er. Aly K

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The work presented here is a study to examine the improvement in bearing capacity of coastal sand of Trivandrum, Kerala, India using high density polyethylene (HDPE /woven fabric as reinforcement in discrete layers. The bearing capacity was evaluated using plate load test. The effect of reinforcement configurations like sheet reinforcement (sanded with adhesive, with adhesive and sheet alone and strip reinforcement (single and grid pattern are investigated. The test parameters chosen for the present study are, depth of topmost layer of reinforcement layer below footing, compacted density and number of layers of reinforcement etc. From the tests, it has been observed that sheet reinforcement is more effective than sheet sanded with adhesive and strip reinforcements. It is found that the synthetic adhesive gives no binding action at the interface of the reinforcement and soil. But it is to be noted that the sheet with adhesive dried has a marked influence on the bearing capacity especially at lower densities. The strip reinforcements in single pattern is considered to be a favorable choice for minimum reinforcement. The strip reinforcement in single or grid pattern gives sufficient improvement in strength.

  1. Performance Assessment of Bridges Using GPS: The Juarez Bridge in Culiacan, Mexico

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    Vazquez, G. E.; Gaxiola-Camacho, J. R.; Trejo, M.; Echagaray, J.; Guzman, G. M.

    2015-12-01

    Performance assessment of bridges has become very important during recent years. Bridges around the world are aging, leading to the incorporation of efficient, reliable, and economic evaluation procedures. These techniques must assess properly the performance of bridges under several loading conditions in a real manner, representing the physics of the problem. Among several approaches, Global Positioning System (GPS) can be intelligently used for the performance evaluation of bridges. We focused on GPS, since it naturally produces position estimates as compared to seismic instruments that record either velocity or acceleration, and thus require an integration. There are several reasons that make the Juarez Bridge a case of study for evaluation: it is approximately 45 years old, it is a reinforced concrete structure, it connects two significant zones of the city, and its spans is closely to 200 meters long. In addition, thousands of vehicles and pedestrians use the Juarez Bridge every day, which make feasible the GPS performance assessment. Hence, in order to produce optimal position estimates, GPS data were collected during two consecutive hours at three different periods of the day for a whole week (Monday through Sunday), to represent three critical limit states of the bridge (mid-span and end-spans). GPS data were processed using the GAMIT/GLOBK software, considering 1-second sampling rate, 15-degree cutoff angle, ionosphere-free double-differenced (DD) carrier phase method, and precise final orbits disseminated by IGS (International GNSS Service). The displacements obtained from the above discussed procedure are compared with allowable values documented in bridge construction manuals. Reliability theory was used to evaluate the probability of failure of the bridge for the three periods of the day. In addition, a conclusion was made about the most risky day of the week for the use of the Juarez Bridge. It is expected that the results from the proposed research

  2. Sustainable Bridge Infrastructure Procurement

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    Safi, Mohammed; Du, Guangli; Simonsson, Peter

    2016-01-01

    The lack of a flexible but systematic approach for integrating lifecycle aspects into bridge investment decisions is a major obstacle hindering the procurement of sustainable bridge infrastructures. This paper addresses this obstacle by introducing a holistic approach that agencies could use...

  3. Principles of Bridge Reliability

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    Thoft-Christensen, Palle; Nowak, Andrzej S.

    The paper gives a brief introduction to the basic principles of structural reliability theory and its application to bridge engineering. Fundamental concepts like failure probability and reliability index are introduced. Ultimate as well as serviceability limit states for bridges are formulated...

  4. Bridge the Gap

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    Marselis, Randi Lorenz

    2017-01-01

    This article focuses on photo projects organised for teenage refugees by the Society for Humanistic Photography (Berlin, Germany). These projects, named Bridge the Gap I (2015), and Bridge the Gap II (2016), were carried out in Berlin and brought together teenagers with refugee and German...

  5. Development of Flexible Link Slabs using Ductile Fiber Reinforced Concrete

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    Lárusson, Lárus Helgi

    emphasis oncrack formation and development at the rebar-matrix interface during direct tensile loading. Utilizing a high definition DIC technique in a novel approach, detailed measurements of the crack formation and debonding process are obtained. It is found that ductile ECC, in contrast to conventional...... two adjacent bridge deck segments. The link slab element, composed of GFRP reinforced ECC,exhibited the same tension stiffening and tension strengthening behavior with limited crack widths as was observed in the reinforced prisms under monotonic and cyclic loading. The combination of ductile ECC...

  6. Environmental life cycle assessment of railway bridge materials using UHPFRC

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    Bizjak, Karmen Fifer; Šajna, Aljoša; Slanc, Katja; Knez, Friderik

    2016-10-01

    The railway infrastructure is a very important component of the world's total transportation network. Investment in its construction and maintenance is significant on a global scale. Previously published life cycle assessment (LCA) studies performed on road and rail systems very seldom included infrastructures in detail, mainly choosing to focus on vehicle manufacturing and fuel consumption. This article presents results from an environmental study for railway steel bridge materials for the demonstration case of the Buna Bridge in Croatia. The goal of these analyses was to compare two different types of remediation works for railway bridges with different materials and construction types. In the first part, the environmental impact of the classical concrete bridge construction was calculated, whereas in the second one, an alternative new solution, namely, the strengthening of the old steel bridge with ultra-high-performance fibre-reinforced concrete (UHPFRC) deck, was studied. The results of the LCA show that the new solution with UHPFRC deck gives much better environmental performance. Up to now, results of LCA of railway open lines, railway bridges and tunnels have been published, but detailed analyses of the new solution with UHPFRC deck above the old bridge have not previously been performed.

  7. Continuous Reinforced Concrete Beams

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    Hoang, Cao Linh; Nielsen, Mogens Peter

    1996-01-01

    This report deals with stress and stiffness estimates of continuous reinforced concrete beams with different stiffnesses for negative and positive moments e.g. corresponding to different reinforcement areas in top and bottom. Such conditions are often met in practice.The moment distribution...... at the limit state of serviceability is in some simple cases determined by setting up the statical and the compatibility conditions.With these moment distributions, the maximum deflection and the reinforcement stresses at the span middle and at a support are calculated.The results are compared with results...

  8. Algorithms for Reinforcement Learning

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    Szepesvari, Csaba

    2010-01-01

    Reinforcement learning is a learning paradigm concerned with learning to control a system so as to maximize a numerical performance measure that expresses a long-term objective. What distinguishes reinforcement learning from supervised learning is that only partial feedback is given to the learner about the learner's predictions. Further, the predictions may have long term effects through influencing the future state of the controlled system. Thus, time plays a special role. The goal in reinforcement learning is to develop efficient learning algorithms, as well as to understand the algorithms'

  9. Reinforcing the mineral layer

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    Pishchulin, V.V.; Kuntsevich, V.I.; Seryy, A.M.; Shirokov, A.P.

    1980-05-15

    A way of reinforcing the mineral layer includes drilling holes and putting in anchors that are longer than the width of the layer strip being extracted. It also includes shortening the anchors as the strip is mined and reinforcing the remaining part of the anchor in the mouth of the hole. To increase the productivity and safety of the work, the anchors are shortened by cutting them as the strip is mined and are reinforced through wedging. The device for doing this has auxilliary lengthwise grooves in the shaft located along its length at an interval equal to the width of the band being extracted.

  10. Study of displacements of a bridge abutment using FEM

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    Wymysłowski Michał

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Steel sheet piles are often used to support excavations for bridge foundations. When they are left in place in the permanent works, they have the potential to increase foundation bearing capacity and reduce displacements; but their presence is not usually taken into account in foundation design. In this article, the results of finite element analysis of a typical abutment foundation, with and without cover of sheet piles, are presented to demonstrate these effects. The structure described is located over the Więceminka river in the town of Kołobrzeg, Poland. It is a single-span road bridge with reinforced concrete slab.

  11. Local-based damage detection of cyclically loaded bridge piers using wireless sensing units

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    Hou, Tsung-Chin; Lynch, Jerome P.; Parra-Montesinos, Gustavo

    2005-05-01

    Concrete bridge piers are a common structural element employed in the design of bridges and elevated roadways. In order to ensure adequate behavior under earthquake-induced displacements, extensive reinforcement detailing in the form of closely spaced ties or spirals is necessary, leading to congestion problems and difficulties during concrete casting. Further, costly repairs are often necessary in bridge piers after a major earthquake which in some cases involve the total or partial shutdown of the bridge. In order to increase the damage tolerance while relaxing the transverse reinforcement requirements of bridge piers, the use of high-performance fiber reinforced cementitious composites (HPFRCC) in earthquake-resistant bridge piers is explored. HPFRCCs are a relatively new class of cementitious material for civil structures with tensile strain-hardening behavior and high damage tolerance. To monitor the behavior of this new class of material in the field, low-cost wireless monitoring technologies will be adopted to provide HPFRCC structural elements the capability to accurately monitor their performance and health. In particular, the computational core of a wireless sensing unit can be harnessed to screen HPFRCC components for damage in real-time. A seismic damage index initially proposed for flexure dominated reinforced concrete elements is modified to serve as an algorithmic tool for the rapid assessment of damage (due to flexure and shear) in HPFRCC bridge piers subjected to large shear reversals. Traditional and non-traditional sensor strategies of an HPFRCC bridge pier are proposed to optimize the correlation between the proposed damage index model and the damage observed in a circular pier test specimen. Damage index models are shown to be a sufficiently accurate rough measure of the degree of local-area damage that can then be wirelessly communicated to bridge officials.

  12. 3 long bridges of dream were realized Opening of West Seto Motorway; Yume no 3 kakyo ga jitsugen/nishiseto jidoshado haitsu

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    1999-06-10

    Onomichi-Imabari route/Setouchi Simanami Thruway, which adorned the finish of Honshu-Shikoku projects was completed on 1st, May. With this completion, 3 long bridges of dream were completely realized, following to Kojima-Sakaide (1988) and Kobe-Naruto (1998). This time, 5 bridges of this Motorway, the world's longest cable stayed bridge Tatara Long Bridge, world's first 3 continuous suspension bridge Kurushima Strait No.1{approx}No.3 bridge and New Onomichi Long Bridge, were opened. 10 bridges including 5 bridges (In-noshima Long Bridge, Ikeguchi Bridge, Omishima Bridge, Hakata/Oshima Long Bridge and Oshima Long Bridge) already under service connect 9 islands between Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture and Imabari, Ehime Prefecture, with a route 59 km long. Characteristic design was adopted for each bridge to demonstrate world's highest bridge erection technology of Japan. In a series of concrete construction to support superstructure of these bridges, underwater non-segregation type concrete with low hydration heat cement mainly for foundation and substructure, and high fluidity concrete for dense reinforcement layout were adopted. (translated by NEDO)

  13. Fiber-reinforced ceramics

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    Belcheva, D. [Technological University `Prof. A. Zlatarov`, Bourgas (Bulgaria); Lubchev, L.; Jelezkov, G.; Georgiev, W.

    1995-03-01

    The possibilities for preparation of reinforced composite materials were studied. Test specimens based on different types of alumina matrices, plasticized with formaldehyde oligomer and polyvinyl alcohol, and reinforced with carbon and mullite fibers were prepared and investigated. The results confirmed that reinforced composite materials with valuable properties such as high thermal shock resistance, chemical resistance and mechanical strength can be produced. The density of technical alumina materials is lower, compared with that of pure alumina. The density can also be influenced by the type and quantity of the plasticizers used. By increasing the fiber content, the density of the material decreases. The shrinkage is influcenced by the type and the quantity of the reinforcing material. (orig.)

  14. Reinforcement Lernen mit Regularisierungsnetzwerken

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    Jung, Tobias

    2007-01-01

    Die Arbeit behandelt das Problem der Skalierbarkeit von Reinforcement Lernen auf hochdimensionale und komplexe Aufgabenstellungen. Unter Reinforcement Lernen versteht man dabei eine auf approximativem Dynamischen Programmieren basierende Klasse von Lernverfahren, die speziell Anwendung in der Künstlichen Intelligenz findet und zur autonomen Steuerung simulierter Agenten oder realer Hardwareroboter in dynamischen und unwägbaren Umwelten genutzt werden kann. Dazu wird mittels Regression aus Sti...

  15. Reinforcement learning in scheduling

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    Dietterich, Tom G.; Ok, Dokyeong; Zhang, Wei; Tadepalli, Prasad

    1994-01-01

    The goal of this research is to apply reinforcement learning methods to real-world problems like scheduling. In this preliminary paper, we show that learning to solve scheduling problems such as the Space Shuttle Payload Processing and the Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV) scheduling can be usefully studied in the reinforcement learning framework. We discuss some of the special challenges posed by the scheduling domain to these methods and propose some possible solutions we plan to implement.

  16. Covert Reinforcement: A Partial Replication.

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    Ripstra, Constance C.; And Others

    A partial replication of an investigation of the effect of covert reinforcement on a perceptual estimation task is described. The study was extended to include an extinction phase. There were five treatment groups: covert reinforcement, neutral scene reinforcement, noncontingent covert reinforcement, and two control groups. Each subject estimated…

  17. Bridge technology report

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    2013-01-01

    Please note this is a Short Discount publication. As LANs have proliferated, new technologies and system concepts have come to the fore. One of the key issues is how to interconnect networks. One means of interconnection is to use a 'bridge'. Other competing technologies are repeaters, routers, and gateways. Bridges permit traffic isolation, connect network segments together and operate at the MAC layer. Further, because they operate at the MAC layer, they can handle a variety of protocols such as TCP/IP, SNA, and X.25. This report focuses on the specific technology of bridging two netw

  18. Assessment of dynamic properties and stiffness of composite bridges with pavement defects

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    Kartopol'tsev, Vladimir; Kartopol'tsev, Andrei; Kolmakov, Boris

    2017-01-01

    This paper is aimed at assessing the dynamic properties and stiffness of the reinforced concrete roadway slab under live loads that impact composite bridge girders considering pavement defects. A special attention is paid to the reinforced concrete roadway slab as a transfer member of forced oscillations. The test results obtained for bridges with different spans ranging from 24 to 110 m are presented to assess the behavior of the reinforced concrete roadway slab and the dynamic stiffness of bridge span allowed for the pavement defects. Dynamic tests are carried out under controlled and random loads that simulate live load interaction with the span and the pavement with defects. The differential equations are presented for vertical oscillations of spans, pavement defect parameter, Eigen frequency and others. As a result of the experimental research the equation is derived to ascertain the dynamic stiffness of the vehicle-span system.

  19. Coastal Erosion Armoring 2005

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    California Department of Resources — Coastal armoring along the coast of California, created to provide a database of all existing coastal armoring based on data available at the time of creation....

  20. Coastal Erosion Armoring 2005

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    California Department of Resources — Coastal armoring along the coast of California, created to provide a database of all existing coastal armoring based on data available at the time of creation....

  1. Assessment of Commercial Corrosion Inhibiting Admixtures for Reinforced Concrete

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    Brown, Michael Carey

    1999-01-01

    Corrosion of reinforcing steel in concrete exposed to chloride-laden environments is a well-known and documented phenomenon. The need for cost effective systems for protection against corrosion has become increasingly clear since the first observations of severe corrosion damage to interstate bridges in the 1960's. As one potential solution to the mounting problem of corrosion deterioration of structures, corrosion-inhibiting admixtures have been researched and introduced into service. ...

  2. VISUAL REINFORCEMENT IN FIGHTING COCKS.

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    THOMPSON, T I

    1964-01-01

    Fighting cocks were conditioned to emit a key-pecking response on a fixed ratio reinforcement schedule leading to the visual image of another fighting cock. In addition, the relative reinforcing properties of the visual reinforcer were compared with food and water reinforcers in a three-choice, non-reversible option situation. The relative reinforcing effects of mirror presentation and another rooster visually presented through a window, were compared. The mirror maintained a relatively lower response output.

  3. Bridging Humanism and Behaviorism.

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    Chu, Lily

    1980-01-01

    Humanistic behaviorism may provide the necessary bridge between behaviorism and humanism. Perhaps the most humanistic approach to teaching is to learn how certain changes will help students and how these changes can be accomplished. (Author/MLF)

  4. State's First Bridge

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — Article with details on the state's first bridge that crossed the Noxubee River adjacent to the Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge Boundary. Details also included...

  5. Bridged Race Population Estimates

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    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services — Population estimates from "bridging" the 31 race categories used in Census 2000, as specified in the 1997 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) race and ethnicity...

  6. The use of a sacrificial zinc anode for cathodic protection of steel in reinforced concrete

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    Hartman, R.B.; Hillier, W.H. [3M Co., St. Paul, MN (United States)

    1997-12-01

    The problem of corrosion of the reinforcing steel in concrete is recognized as a worldwide problem. In particular, these is extensive corrosion in residential and commercial balconies in tropical, coastal areas of the US, especially in Florida. A system of cathodic protection of reinforcing steel in concrete utilizing a sacrificial zinc anode and ionically conductive adhesive is described. Installation and monitoring of two condominium balconies in south Florida will be described, including instant-off and depolarization measurements over 18 months.

  7. Behavior of reinforced concrete beams reinforced with GFRP bars

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    D. H. Tavares

    Full Text Available The use of fiber reinforced polymer (FRP bars is one of the alternatives presented in recent studies to prevent the drawbacks related to the steel reinforcement in specific reinforced concrete members. In this work, six reinforced concrete beams were submitted to four point bending tests. One beam was reinforced with CA-50 steel bars and five with glass fiber reinforced polymer (GFRP bars. The tests were carried out in the Department of Structural Engineering in São Carlos Engineering School, São Paulo University. The objective of the test program was to compare strength, reinforcement deformation, displacement, and some anchorage aspects between the GFRP-reinforced concrete beams and the steel-reinforced concrete beam. The results show that, even though four GFRP-reinforced concrete beams were designed with the same internal tension force as that with steel reinforcement, their capacity was lower than that of the steel-reinforced beam. The results also show that similar flexural capacity can be achieved for the steel- and for the GFRP-reinforced concrete beams by controlling the stiffness (reinforcement modulus of elasticity multiplied by the bar cross-sectional area - EA and the tension force of the GFRP bars.

  8. Preference for 50% reinforcement over 75% reinforcement by pigeons.

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    Gipson, Cassandra D; Alessandri, Jérôme J D; Miller, Holly C; Zentall, Thomas R

    2009-11-01

    When pigeons are given a choice between an initial-link alternative that results in either a terminal-link stimulus correlated with 100% reinforcement or a stimulus correlated with 0% reinforcement (overall 50% reinforcement) and another initial-link alternative that always results in a terminal-link stimulus correlated with 100% reinforcement, some pigeons show a preference for the initial-link alternative correlated with 50% reinforcement. Using this procedure, in Experiment 1, we found a relatively modest preference for 100% over 50% reinforcement. In Experiment 2, we decreased the reinforcement density for the second initial-link alternative to 75% and found a significant preference for the 50% reinforcement initial-link alternative. It may be that this "maladaptive" behavior results from a positive contrast between the expectation of reinforcement correlated with the 50% reinforcement initial-link alternative and the terminal-link stimulus correlated with 100% reinforcement. But apparently, the complementary negative contrast does not develop between the expectation of reinforcement correlated with the 50% reinforcement initial-link alternative and the terminal-link stimulus correlated with 0% reinforcement that often follow. Such paradoxical choice may account for certain human appetitive risk-taking behavior (e.g., gambling) as well.

  9. Germ Cell Intercellular Bridges

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    Greenbaum, Michael P.; Iwamori, Tokuko; Buchold, Gregory M.; Matzuk, Martin M.

    2011-01-01

    Stable intercellular bridges are a conserved feature of gametogenesis in multicellular animals observed more than 100 years ago, but their function was unknown. Many of the components necessary for this structure have been identified through the study of cytokinesis in Drosophila; however, mammalian intercellular bridges have distinct properties from those of insects. Mammalian germ cell intercellular bridges are composed of general cytokinesis components with additional germ cell–specific factors including TEX14. TEX14 is an inactive kinase essential for the maintenance of stable intercellular bridges in gametes of both sexes but whose loss specifically impairs male meiosis. TEX14 acts to impede the terminal steps of abscission by competing for essential component CEP55, blocking its interaction in nongerm cells with ALIX and TSG101. Additionally, TEX14-interacting protein RBM44, whose localization in stabile intercellular bridges is limited to pachytene and secondary spermatocytes, may participate in processes such as RNA transport but is nonessential to the maintenance of intercellular bridge stability. PMID:21669984

  10. Damage detection in reinforced concrete square slabs using modal analysis and artifical neural network

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    Ahmed, MS

    2016-01-01

    Reinforced concrete (RC) structures are usually subjected to various types of loadings, such as permanent, sustained and transient during their lifetime. Reinforced concrete slabs are one of the most fundamental structural elements in buildings and bridges, which might be exposed to unfavourable conditions such as, impaired quality control, lack of maintenance, adverse environmental effects, and inadequate initial design. Therefore, the resistant capacity of the affected elements would dramat...

  11. Centrifuge modeling of rocking-isolated inelastic RC bridge piers

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    Loli, Marianna; Knappett, Jonathan A; Brown, Michael J.; Anastasopoulos, Ioannis; GAZETAS, George

    2014-01-01

    Experimental proof is provided of an unconventional seismic design concept, which is based on deliberately underdesigning shallow foundations to promote intense rocking oscillations and thereby to dramatically improve the seismic resilience of structures. Termed rocking isolation, this new seismic design philosophy is investigated through a series of dynamic centrifuge experiments on properly scaled models of a modern reinforced concrete (RC) bridge pier. The experimental method reproduces th...

  12. Long Span Bridges in Scandinavia

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    Gimsing, Niels Jørgen

    1998-01-01

    The first Scandinavian bridge with a span of more than 500 m was the Lillebælt Suspension Bridge opened to traffic in 1970.Art the end of the 20th century the longest span of any European bridge is found in the Storebælt East Bridge with a main span of 1624 m. Also the third longest span in Europe...... is found in Scandinavia - the 1210 m span of the Höga Kusten Bridge in Sweden.The Kvarnsund Bridge in Norway was at the completion in 1991 the longest cable-stayed bridge in the world, and the span of 530 m is still thge longest for cable-stayed bridges in concrete. The Øresund Bridge with its sapn of 490...... m is the longest among cable-stayed bridges for both road and railway traffic....

  13. Distributed strain monitoring for bridges: temperature effects

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    Regier, Ryan; Hoult, Neil A.

    2014-03-01

    To better manage infrastructure assets as they reach the end of their service lives, quantitative data is required to better assess structural behavior and allow for more informed decision making. Distributed fiber optic strain sensors are one sensing technology that could provide comprehensive data for use in structural assessments as these systems potentially allow for strain to be measured with the same accuracy and gage lengths as conventional strain sensors. However, as with many sensor technologies, temperature can play an important role in terms of both the structure's and sensor's performance. To investigate this issue a fiber optic distributed strain sensor system was installed on a section of a two span reinforced concrete bridge on the TransCanada Highway. Strain data was acquired several times a day as well as over the course of several months to explore the effects of changing temperature on the data. The results show that the strain measurements are affected by the bridge behavior as a whole. The strain measurements due to temperature are compared to strain measurements that were taken during a load test on the bridge. The results show that even a small change in temperature can produce crack width and strain changes similar to those due to a fully loaded transport truck. Future directions for research in this area are outlined.

  14. DETERMINATION OF ENGINEERING CRITERIA OF DELICE (ANKARA BRIDGE BY CPM METHOD

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    M. Haluk ÇELİK

    1995-02-01

    Full Text Available In this study, CPM-PERT method is used to find out the minimum time and cost of the bridge constructed in Delice (Ankara on the Koru river. The reinforced concrete bridge has a 13.70 m support distance and an 8 m platform witdh. In the method; planning, management and cost prices in Early Finish and Late Finish times were taken into account.

  15. Chairside fabricated fiber-reinforced composite fixed partial denture

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    Sufyan Garoushi

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The advances in the materials and techniques for adhesive dentistry have allowed the development of non-invasive or minimally invasive approaches for replacing a missing tooth in those clinical situations when conservation of adjacent teeth is needed. Good mechanical and cosmetic/aesthetic properties of fiber-reinforced composite (FRC, with good bonding properties with composite resin cement and veneering composite are needed in FRC devices. Some recent studies have shown that adhesives of composite resins and luting cements allow diffusion of the adhesives to the FRC framework of the bridges. By this so-called interdiffusion bonding is formed [1]. FRC bridges can be made in dental laboratories or chairside. This article describes a clinical case of chairside (directly made FRC Bridge, which was used according to the principles of minimal invasive approach. Treatment was performed by Professor Vallittu from the University of Turku, Finland.

  16. Double-composite rectangular truss bridge and its joint analysis

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    Yongjian Liu

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes a novel composite tubular truss bridge with concrete slab and concrete-filled rectangular chords. With concrete slab plus truss system and joints reinforced with concrete and Perfobond Leiste rib, double composite truss bridge proved to be a fairly suitable solution in negative moment area. Perfobond Leiste shear connector (PBL is widely implemented in the composite structure for its outstanding fatigue resistance. In this pilot bridge, Perfobond Leister ribs (PBR were installed in the truss girder's joints, which played double roles as shear connector and stiffener. An erection method and overall bridge structural analysis were then presented. Typical joints in the pilot bridge were selected to analyze the effect of PBR. Investigation of the effect of PBR in concrete-filled tubular joints was elaborated. Comparison has revealed that concrete-filled tubular joints with PBR have much higher constraint capability than joints without PBR. For rectangular tubular truss, the punching shear force of the concrete filled joint with PBR is approximately 43% larger than that of the joint without PBR. Fatigue performance of the joint installed with PBR was improved, which was found through analysis of the stress concentration factor of joint. The PBR installed in the joints mitigated the stress concentration factor in the chord face. Therefore, the advantages of this new type of bridge are demonstrated, including the convenience of construction using rectangular truss, innovative concept of structural design and better global and local performances.

  17. Construction of stiffening girder for Akashi straits bridge. Installation with use of latest bridging technology; Akashi kaikyo ohashi hoko keta kasetsu koji. Saishin kakyo gijutsu wo kushishite kasetsu

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    Oe, S. [Honshu-Shikoku Bridge Authority, Tokyo (Japan)

    1996-05-25

    The Akashi straits bridge is the Kobe-Naruto route of the bridge connecting Honshu and Shikoku; the bridge links Kobe in Hyogo prefecture with Awaji Island and, when completed, it will be a 3-span 2-hinge suspension bridge with the longest center effective span in the world. This report centers on the outline of the construction of stiffening girders for the Akashi straits bridge and especially on the characteristics of the engineering method newly employed. As the method of installing the stiffening girders, an overhang installation of face bars was employed which was a time-tested method. As the installing direction of the side spans, it was decided to install them from the anchorage to the tower. At the beginning, six large block installations were performed. A special balance was developed for the installation of short hanger parts for the purpose of enhancing safety and reduction in the process. A rubber-tired transporting truck was adopted for transporting members of framework on the bridge. GPS survey was used as a method for surveying the configuration. The subject engineering method was based on the construction of suspension bridge stiffening trusses in the past Honshu-Shikoku connecting bridge and reinforced with the improvements as above. Since the bridge is in the middle of construction, a subsequent report will hopefully be made on the actual results of the installation and the spanning after the closure. 8 figs., 2 tabs.

  18. Evaluation of Bridges Subjected to Military Loading and Dynamic Hydraulic Effects: Review of Design Regulations, Selection Criteria, and Inspection Procedures for Bridge Railing Systems

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    2011-08-01

    Pittman, Director, GSL. COL Kevin J. Wilson was Commander and Executive Director of ERDC. Dr. Jeffery P. Holland was Director. ERDC/GSL TR-11-24 viii...Beams Alternate Concrete Barrier for Plank Beams Typical Barrier Reinforcement for Composite Adjacent Box Beams Vertical Wall Bridge Barrier

  19. Modelling reinforcement corrosion in concrete

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    Michel, Alexander; Geiker, Mette Rica; Stang, Henrik

    2012-01-01

    A physio-chemical model for the simulation of reinforcement corrosion in concrete struc-tures was developed. The model allows for simulation of initiation and subsequent propaga-tion of reinforcement corrosion. Corrosion is assumed to be initiated once a defined critical chloride threshold...... is reached causing the formation of anodic and cathodic regions along the reinforcement. Critical chloride thresholds, randomly distributed along the reinforcement sur-face, link the initiation and propagation phase of reinforcement corrosion. To demonstrate the potential use of the developed model......, a numerical example is pre-sented, that illustrates the formation of corrosion cells as well as propagation of corrosion in a reinforced concrete structure....

  20. Strengthening of RC bridge slabs using CFRP sheets

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    Fahmy A. Fathelbab

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Many old structures became structurally insufficient to carry the new loading conditions requirements. Moreover, they suffer from structural degradation, reinforcement steel bars corrosion, bad weather conditions…etc. Many official authorities in several countries had recognized many old bridges and buildings as structurally deficient by today’s standards. Due to these reasons, structural strengthening became an essential requirement and different strengthening techniques appeared in market. Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP strengthening techniques established a good position among all other techniques, giving excellent structural results, low time required and moderate cost compared with the other techniques. The main purpose of this research is to study analytically the strengthening of a reinforced concrete bridge slabs due to excessive loads, using externally bonded FRP sheets technique. A commercial finite element program ANSYS was used to perform a structural linear and non-linear analysis for strengthened slab models using several schemes of FRP sheets. A parametric study was performed to evaluate analytically the effect of changing both FRP stiffness and FRP schemes in strengthening RC slabs. Comparing the results with control slab (reinforced concrete slab without strengthening it is obvious that attaching FRP sheets to the RC slab increases its capacity and enhances the ductility/toughness.

  1. Evaluation Behavior of Qing Shan Concrete Bridge under Static Load Test

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    Haleem K. Hussain

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available This study describes and evaluates the state of Qing Shang Bridge. The deterioration of bridge can be summarized due to increased internal forces may be a result of higher loading or due to the sever climatic and environmental weathers changes, bridges need reinforcement because damage due to external factors which reduced the cross-sectional resistance to external loads. The assessment of traffic loading on bridges is subject to large levels of uncertainty. While some allowance is provided in design codes for variable traffic conditions, they are conservative to allow for generalization at a safe level. Also this article identify the design demands of Qing Shan bridge which is located in China/ Heilongjiang Province, He gang - Nen Jiang Road 303 provincial highway, Wu Da Lian Chi area, is an important bridge in the urban areas. The investigation program was include the observation and evaluate the damage in T-section concrete beams , box girder bridges section in additional evaluate the whole state of bridges under static load test, the use of Finite Element Analysis was preferred method to study the behavior of concrete. Furthermore the load test program includes the main beams of bridge. The test results show that the bridge in general structural condition is good. T beam girder of the span No. 10 was tested for static load and need to be strengthening. The concrete box girder shows good state of condition, and no seriously damage effects.

  2. Design aid for shear strengthening of reinforced concrete T-joints using carbon fiber reinforced plastic composites

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    Gergely, Ioan

    The research presented in the present work focuses on the shear strengthening of beam column joints using carbon fiber composites, a material considered in seismic retrofit in recent years more than any other new material. These composites, or fiber reinforced polymers, offer huge advantages over structural steel reinforced concrete or timber. A few of these advantages are the superior resistance to corrosion, high stiffness to weight and strength to weight ratios, and the ability to control the material's behavior by selecting the orientation of the fibers. The design and field application research on reinforced concrete cap beam-column joints includes analytical investigations using pushover analysis; design of carbon fiber layout, experimental tests and field applications. Several beam column joints have been tested recently with design variables as the type of composite system, fiber orientation and the width of carbon fiber sheets. The surface preparation has been found to be critical for the bond between concrete and composite material, which is the most important factor in joint shear strengthening. The final goal of this thesis is to develop design aids for retrofitting reinforced concrete beam column joints. Two bridge bents were tested on the Interstate-15 corridor. One bent was tested in the as-is condition. Carbon fiber reinforced plastic composite sheets were used to externally reinforce the second bridge bent. By applying the composite, the displacement ductility has been doubled, and the bent overall lateral load capacity has been increased as well. The finite element model (using DRAIN-2DX) was calibrated to model the actual stiffness of the supports. The results were similar to the experimental findings.

  3. Coastal Economic Trends for Coastal Geographies

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — These market data provide a comprehensive set of measures of changes in economic activity throughout the coastal regions of the United States. In regard to the...

  4. Reinforcement Magnitude: An Evaluation of Preference and Reinforcer Efficacy

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    Trosclair-Lasserre, Nicole M.; Lerman, Dorothea C; Call, Nathan A; Addison, Laura R; Kodak, Tiffany

    2008-01-01

    Consideration of reinforcer magnitude may be important for maximizing the efficacy of treatment for problem behavior. Nonetheless, relatively little is known about children's preferences for different magnitudes of social reinforcement or the extent to which preference is related to differences in reinforcer efficacy. The purpose of the current study was to evaluate the relations among reinforcer magnitude, preference, and efficacy by drawing on the procedures and results of basic experimenta...

  5. Reinforcement Magnitude: An Evaluation of Preference and Reinforcer Efficacy

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    Trosclair-Lasserre, Nicole M.; Lerman, Dorothea C.; Call, Nathan A.; Addison, Laura R.; Kodak, Tiffany

    2008-01-01

    Consideration of reinforcer magnitude may be important for maximizing the efficacy of treatment for problem behavior. Nonetheless, relatively little is known about children's preferences for different magnitudes of social reinforcement or the extent to which preference is related to differences in reinforcer efficacy. The purpose of the current…

  6. The aesthetic composite bridge.

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    Feinman, R A

    1997-01-01

    New developments are constantly introduced in the search for the optimal treatment modality to restore a single anterior tooth. The patient attention has shifted to aesthetics of the restoration, biocompatibility of the dental materials utilized, conservative preparation of the teeth to be restored, and the retention of intact adjacent dentition. The learning objective of this article is to review the methods currently utilized and to present a recently introduced treatment modality--the two-component bridge, which combines the strength and resiliency of composite resin with the aesthetic advantages of porcelain. The technology of the material is reviewed, the predominantly lingual tooth preparation procedures are outlined, and the bridge try-in is described. The advantages of the two-component bridge are presented along with the contraindications and suggestions of careful case selection. Three cases with congenitally missing maxillary lateral incisors in youthful patients are presented to supplement the theoretical outline and to describe and illustrate the clinical procedure.

  7. Istanbul Bridge Conference 2014

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    Gülkan, Polat; Mahmoud, Khaled

    2016-01-01

      The book includes peer-reviewed contributions selected from presentations given at the Istanbul Bridge Conference 2014, held from August 11 – 13 in Istanbul, Turkey. It reports on the current challenges in bridge engineering faced by professionals around the globe, giving a special emphasis to recently developed techniques, innovations and opportunities. The book covers key topics in the field, including modeling and analysis methods; construction and erection techniques; design for extreme events and condition assessment and structural health monitoring. There is a balanced presentation of theory, research and practice. This book, which provides the readers with a comprehensive and timely reference guide on current practices in bridge engineering, is intended for professionals, academic researchers and students alike.

  8. Active Control of Suspension Bridges

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    Thoft-Christensen, Palle

    In this paper some recent research on active control of very long suspension bridges, is presented. The presentation is based on research work at Aalborg University, Denmark. The active control system is based on movable flaps attached to the bridge girder. Wind load on bridges with or without...... flaps attached to the girder is briefly presented. A simple active control system is discussed. Results from wind tunnel experiments with a bridge section show that flaps can be used effectively to control bridge girder vibrations. Flutter conditions for suspension bridges with and without flaps...

  9. 钢筋工程新技术--钢筋卷网%New Reinforcement Technology-Reinforcement Carpet

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    顾巍

    2016-01-01

    Reinforcement carpets have been applied for more than 20 years. Special designed robots weld straightened reinforcement bars to transverse thin metal strips to produce the reinforcement carpets. This is a kind of new reinforcement technology which is fully integrated process from design to production and installation. On this basis, Germany developed further reinforcement carpets which can withstand dynamic load in 2010. Carpets can be reinforcement in ground slabs, floor slabs, pavement of highways, bridge decks and other plate type members. Engineers can utilize finite element analysis software to optimize reinforcement and automatically generate reinforcement carpets drawings, data files and produce carpets. After transforming to work sites, once positioned, reinforcement carpets can be rolled out extremely quickly. Compared to conventional loose bar, reinforcement carpet can reduce fixing times of 60% ~ 70%, save reinforcement of 5% ~ 10% and reduce labour intensity etc. Brief history of reinforcement carpet system and applications in European and Oceania projects are also introduced.%钢筋卷网技术是用专门的焊网机将直条钢筋电阻点焊在横向薄钢带上形成一捆卷网,是一种全面整合了设计、生产、施工过程的钢筋工程新技术。在此基础上,2010年德国又研制成承受动载的钢筋卷网。卷网可用作基础底板、楼板、公路路面、桥面及其他板类构件的配筋。工程师可通过有限元分析软件优化钢筋设计、自动生成卷网图纸、数据文件并下料生产,运送至工地布筋位置、打开卷网滚动布筋,铺网速度极快。钢筋卷网与传统手工绑扎钢筋相比可缩短安装时间60%~70%,降低钢筋用量5%~10%及减轻现场劳动强度等优点。还介绍了钢筋卷网的发展简史以及在欧洲和大洋洲的工程应用。

  10. Reinforcement and learning

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    Servedio, M.R.; Sæther, S.A.; Sætre, G.-P.

    2009-01-01

    Evidence has been accumulating to support the process of reinforcement as a potential mechanism in speciation. In many species, mate choice decisions are influenced by cultural factors, including learned mating preferences (sexual imprinting) or learned mate attraction signals (e.g., bird song). It

  11. Motivated Reinforcement Learning

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    Maher, Mary Lou

    2009-01-01

    Motivated learning is a research field in artificial intelligence and cognitive modelling. This book describes how motivated reinforcement learning agents can be used in computer games for the design of non-player characters that can adapt their behaviour in response to unexpected changes in their environment

  12. Glass Fibre Reinforced Polymers

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    Nikolaou, N.; Karagianni, L.; Sarakiniatti, M.V.

    2014-01-01

    This "designers' manual" is made during the TIDO-course AR0533 Innovation & Sustainability. Fibre reinforced polymers (FRPs) have been used in many applications over the years, from new construction to retrofitting. They are lightweight, no-corrosive, exhibit high specific strength and specific

  13. Oscillations following periodic reinforcement.

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    Monteiro, Tiago; Machado, Armando

    2009-06-01

    Three experiments examined behavior in extinction following periodic reinforcement. During the first phase of Experiment 1, four groups of pigeons were exposed to fixed interval (FI 16s or FI 48s) or variable interval (VI 16s or VI 48s) reinforcement schedules. Next, during the second phase, each session started with reinforcement trials and ended with an extinction segment. Experiment 2 was similar except that the extinction segment was considerably longer. Experiment 3 replaced the FI schedules with a peak procedure, with FI trials interspersed with non-food peak interval (PI) trials that were four times longer. One group of pigeons was exposed to FI 20s PI 80s trials, and another to FI 40s PI 160s trials. Results showed that, during the extinction segment, most pigeons trained with FI schedules, but not with VI schedules, displayed pause-peck oscillations with a period close to, but slightly greater than the FI parameter. These oscillations did not start immediately after the onset of extinction. Comparing the oscillations from Experiments 1 and 2 suggested that the alternation of reconditioning and re-extinction increases the reliability and earlier onset of the oscillations. In Experiment 3 the pigeons exhibited well-defined pause-peck cycles since the onset of extinction. These cycles had periods close to twice the value of the FI and lasted for long intervals of time. We discuss some hypotheses concerning the processes underlying behavioral oscillations following periodic reinforcement.

  14. Fibre reinforced polymer nanocomposites

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    Vlasveld, D.P.N.

    2005-01-01

    In this thesis the results are described of the research on a combination of two types of composites: thermoplastic nanocomposites and continuous fibre composites. In this three-phase composite the main reinforcing phase are continuous glass or carbon fibres, and the matrix consists of a polyamide 6

  15. Turbomachine blade reinforcement

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    Garcia Crespo, Andres Jose

    2016-09-06

    Embodiments of the present disclosure include a system having a turbomachine blade segment including a blade and a mounting segment coupled to the blade, wherein the mounting segment has a plurality of reinforcement pins laterally extending at least partially through a neck of the mounting segment.

  16. Glass Fibre Reinforced Polymers

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    Nikolaou, N.; Karagianni, L.; Sarakiniatti, M.V.

    2014-01-01

    This "designers' manual" is made during the TIDO-course AR0533 Innovation & Sustainability. Fibre reinforced polymers (FRPs) have been used in many applications over the years, from new construction to retrofitting. They are lightweight, no-corrosive, exhibit high specific strength and specific sti

  17. Reinforcement and learning

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    Servedio, M.R.; Sæther, S.A.; Sætre, G.-P.

    2009-01-01

    Evidence has been accumulating to support the process of reinforcement as a potential mechanism in speciation. In many species, mate choice decisions are influenced by cultural factors, including learned mating preferences (sexual imprinting) or learned mate attraction signals (e.g., bird song). It

  18. Reinforced aerodynamic profile

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    2010-01-01

    The present invention relates to the prevention of deformations in an aerodynamic profile caused by lack of resistance to the bending moment forces that are created when such a profile is loaded in operation. More specifically, the invention relates to a reinforcing element inside an aerodynamic...

  19. Response deprivation, reinforcement, and economics

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    Allison, James

    1993-01-01

    Reinforcement of an instrumental response results not from a special kind of response consequence known as a reinforcer, but from a special kind of schedule known as a response-deprivation schedule. Under the requirements of a response-deprivation schedule, the baseline rate of the instrumental response permits less than the baseline rate of the contingent response. Because reinforcement occurs only if the schedule deprives the organism of the contingent response, reinforcement cannot result ...

  20. Cellular fiber–reinforced concrete

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    Isachenko S.; Kodzoev M.

    2016-01-01

    Methods disperse reinforcement of concrete matrix using polypropylene, glass, basalt and metal fibers allows to make the construction of complex configuration, solve the problem of frost products. Dispersed reinforcement reduces the overall weight of the structures. The fiber replaces the secondary reinforcement, reducing the volume of use of structural steel reinforcement. Cellular Fiber concretes are characterized by high-performance properties, especially increased bending strength and...

  1. Reinforcing aspects of androgens.

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    Wood, Ruth I

    2004-11-15

    Are androgens reinforcing? Androgenic-anabolic steroids (AAS) are drugs of abuse. They are taken in large quantities by athletes and others to increase performance, often with negative long-term health consequences. As a result, in 1991, testosterone was declared a controlled substance. Recently, Brower [K.J. Brower, Anabolic steroid abuse and dependence. Curr. Psychiatry Rep. 4 (2002) 377-387.] proposed a two-stage model of AAS dependence. Users initiate steroid use for their anabolic effects on muscle growth. With continued exposure, dependence on the psychoactive effects of AAS develops. However, it is difficult in humans to separate direct psychoactive effects of AAS from the user's psychological dependence on the anabolic effects of AAS. Thus, studies in laboratory animals are useful to explore androgen reinforcement. Testosterone induces a conditioned place preference in rats and mice, and is voluntarily consumed through oral, intravenous, and intracerebroventricular self-administration in hamsters. Active, gonad-intact male and female hamsters will deliver 1 microg/microl testosterone into the lateral ventricles. Indeed, some individuals self-administer testosterone intracerebroventricularly to the point of death. Male rats develop a conditioned place preference to testosterone injections into the nucleus accumbens, an effect blocked by dopamine receptor antagonists. These data suggest that androgen reinforcement is mediated by the brain. Moreover, testosterone appears to act through the mesolimbic dopamine system, a common substrate for drugs of abuse. Nonetheless, androgen reinforcement is not comparable to that of cocaine or heroin. Instead, testosterone resembles other mild reinforcers, such as caffeine, nicotine, or benzodiazepines. The potential for androgen addiction remains to be determined.

  2. Classroom Management and Negative Reinforcement.

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    Tauber, Robert T.

    Of the four simple consequences for behavior, none is more misunderstood than negative reinforcement. A Negative Reinforcement Quiz administered to 233 student teachers from two universities revealed that the vast majority of respondents mistakenly viewed negative reinforcement as a synonym for punishment, and believe that negative reinforcement…

  3. Short fiber reinforced thermoplastic blends

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    Malchev, P.G.

    2008-01-01

    The present thesis investigates the potential of short fiber reinforced thermoplastic blends, a combination of an immiscible polymer blend and a short fiber reinforced composite, to integrate the easy processing solutions available for short fiber reinforced composites with the high mechanical perfo

  4. Short fiber reinforced thermoplastic blends

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    Malchev, P.G.

    2008-01-01

    The present thesis investigates the potential of short fiber reinforced thermoplastic blends, a combination of an immiscible polymer blend and a short fiber reinforced composite, to integrate the easy processing solutions available for short fiber reinforced composites with the high mechanical perfo

  5. Coastal Conditions 2000

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    California Department of Resources — Dataset developed by California Coastal Commission's Melanie Coyne by attaching names to a dynamically segmented coastline using the Department of Navigation and...

  6. Coastal Innovation Imperative

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    Bruce C. Glavovic

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available This is the second of two articles that explores the coastal innovation paradox and imperative. Paradoxically, innovation is necessary to escape the vulnerability trap created by past innovations that have degraded coastal ecosystems and imperil coastal livelihoods. The innovation imperative is to reframe and underpin business and technology with coherent governance innovations that lead to social transformation for coastal sustainability. How might coastal management help to facilitate this transition? It is argued that coastal management needs to be reconceptualised as a transformative practice of deliberative coastal governance. A foundation comprising four deliberative or process outcomes is posited. The point of departure is to build human and social capital through issue learning and improved democratic attitudes and skills. Attention then shifts to facilitating community-oriented action and improving institutional capacity and decision-making. Together, these endeavours enable improved community problem-solving. The ultimate process goal is to build more collaborative communities. Instituting transformative deliberative coastal governance will help to stimulate innovations that chart new sustainability pathways and help to resolve the coastal problems. This framework could be adapted and applied in other geographical settings.

  7. Existing Steel Railway Bridges Evaluation

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    Vičan, Josef; Gocál, Jozef; Odrobiňák, Jaroslav; Koteš, Peter

    2016-12-01

    The article describes general principles and basis of evaluation of existing railway bridges based on the concept of load-carrying capacity determination. Compared to the design of a new bridge, the modified reliability level for existing bridges evaluation should be considered due to implementation of the additional data related to bridge condition and behaviour obtained from regular inspections. Based on those data respecting the bridge remaining lifetime, a modification of partial safety factors for actions and materials could be respected in the bridge evaluation process. A great attention is also paid to the specific problems of determination of load-caring capacity of steel railway bridges in service. Recommendation for global analysis and methodology for existing steel bridge superstructure load-carrying capacity determination are described too.

  8. BUILDING "BRIDGES" WITH QUALITY ASSURANCE

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    The papr describes how, rather than building "bridges" across centuries, quality assurance (QA) personnel have the opportunity to build bridges across technical disciplines, between public and private organizations, and between different QA groups. As reviewers and auditors of a...

  9. Modified Hydrotalcites as Smart Additives for Improved Corrosion Protection of Reinforced Concrete

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    Yang, Z.

    2015-01-01

    Corrosion of reinforcing steel is a major culprit to durability and serviceability of concrete structures. This problem is highly relevant for civil engineering structures in the transport sector, such as bridges, tunnels, harbour quays and parking structures. The dominant aggressive external influe

  10. Response and Damage Assessment of Reinforced Concrete Frames subject to Earthquakes

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    Skjærbæk, Poul

    When civil engineering structures made of reinforced concrete (RC) such as some types of apartment buildings, hospitals, office buildings, bridges etc. are subjected to sufficiently high dynamic loads it is well known that some kind of damage will occur in the structure. The damage introduced...

  11. Impaired Behavior Regulation under Conditions of Concurrent Variable Schedules of Reinforcement in Children with ADHD

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    Taylor, David; Lincoln, Alan J.; Foster, Sharon L.

    2010-01-01

    Objective: To bridge theory of response inhibition and learning in children with ADHD. Method: Thirty ADHD and 30 non-ADHD children (ages 9-12) were compared under concurrent variable interval (VI-15 sec., VI-30 sec. and VI- 45 sec.) reinforcement schedules that required the child to switch between the three schedules under conditions of…

  12. Impaired Behavior Regulation under Conditions of Concurrent Variable Schedules of Reinforcement in Children with ADHD

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    Taylor, David; Lincoln, Alan J.; Foster, Sharon L.

    2010-01-01

    Objective: To bridge theory of response inhibition and learning in children with ADHD. Method: Thirty ADHD and 30 non-ADHD children (ages 9-12) were compared under concurrent variable interval (VI-15 sec., VI-30 sec. and VI- 45 sec.) reinforcement schedules that required the child to switch between the three schedules under conditions of…

  13. The Bridges Program.

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    Bohnen, Elizabeth; Klie, Judy

    This report describes BRIDGES, an employment equity special measures training program developed by the City of Toronto (Ontario, Canada). It was designed to help women employees move from their traditional jobs into trades, technical or operation (TTO) jobs within their own organization. The program is a combination of classroom sessions, shop…

  14. Bridging a Cultural Gap

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    Leviatan, Talma

    2008-01-01

    There has been a broad wave of change in tertiary calculus courses in the past decade. However, the much-needed change in tertiary pre-calculus programmes--aimed at bridging the gap between high-school mathematics and tertiary mathematics--is happening at a far slower pace. Following a discussion on the nature of the gap and the objectives of a…

  15. Building a Straw Bridge

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    Teaching Science, 2015

    2015-01-01

    This project is for a team of students (groups of two or three are ideal) to design and construct a model of a single-span bridge, using plastic drinking straws as the building material. All steps of the design, construction, testing and critiquing stages should be recorded by students in a journal. Students may like to include labelled diagrams,…

  16. DOE Information Bridge

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    United States. Department of Energy. Office of Scientific and Technical Information

    DOE Information Bridge, a component of EnergyFiles, provides free, convenient, and quick access to full-text DOE research and development reports in physics, chemistry, materials, biology, environmental sciences, energy technologies, engineering, computer and information science, renewable energy, and other topics. This vast collection includes over 43,000 reports that have been received and processed by OSTI since January 1995.

  17. Bridge over troubled water?

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    Svendsen, Gunnar Lind Haase; Nannestad, Peter; Svendsen, Gert Tinggaard

    2008-01-01

    The problem of integrating non-Western immigrants into Western welfare states is the focus of this paper. To address this issue, we suggest a social capital approach in which we apply the conceptual pair of bridging social capital (BR), which connects an individual to the broader social structure...

  18. Looking Beyond the Bridge

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    Jahn, Elke; Rosholm, Michael

    We perform a comprehensive analysis of the stepping-stone effect of temporary agency employment on unemployed workers. Using the timing-of-events approach, we not only investigate whether agency employment is a bridge into regular employment but also analyze its effect on post-unemployment wages...

  19. Bridging the Technological Gap.

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    Lazow, Robert; And Others

    The aim of "Bridging the Technological Gap" (BTG), a federally funded demonstration project, is to use microcomputer technology in the rehabilitation of the psychiatrically disabled. Through the use of a custom designed microcomputer software package, clients receive remediation in areas of specific cognitive and behavioral deficits. The project…

  20. Building Bridges to China.

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    Wasta, Stephanie; Scott, Margaret

    1998-01-01

    Describes a theme cycle called "Building Bridges to China" developed for third grade students that focuses on the similarities between the lives of children and families in China and the United States. Explains that the theme cycle addresses the National Geography Standards and three of the National Council for the Social Studies standards. (CMK)

  1. Adhesive Through-Reinforcement Improves the Fracture Toughness of a Laminated Birch Wood Composite

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    Wenchang He

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper we test the hypothesis that adhesive through-reinforcement in combination with glass-fibre reinforcement of adhesive bond lines will significantly improve the fracture toughness of a laminated birch wood composite. We test this hypothesis using a model composite consisting of perforated veneer that allowed a polyurethane adhesive to penetrate and reinforce veneers within the composite. Model composite specimens were tested for mode I fracture properties, and scanning electron microscopy was used to examine the microstructure of fracture surfaces. Our results clearly show that through-reinforcement, and also reinforcing adhesive bond lines with glass-fibre, significantly improved fracture toughness of the birch wood composite. Our results also indicate that improvements in fracture toughness depended on the level of reinforcement. Improvements in fracture toughness were related to the ability of the reinforcement to arrest crack development during fracture testing and the fibre bridging effect of glass-fibre in adhesive bond lines. We conclude that through-reinforcement is an effective way of improving the fracture toughness of laminated wood composites, but further research is needed to develop practical ways of creating such reinforcement in composites that more closely resemble commercial products.

  2. Coastal Analysis, Surry County, VA

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    Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security — Coastal study as defined in FEMA Guides and Specifications, Appendix D: Guidance for coastal Flooding Analyses and Mapping submitted as a result of a coastal study....

  3. Coastal Analysis, Nassau,NY

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    Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security — Coastal study as defined in FEMA Guides and Specifications, Appendix D: Guidance for coastal Flooding Analyses and Mapping submitted as a result of a coastal study....

  4. Coastal Analysis, Virginia Beach, VA

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    Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security — Coastal study as defined in FEMA Guides and Specifications, Appendix D: Guidance for coastal Flooding Analyses and Mapping submitted as a result of a coastal study....

  5. Coastal Analysis, Mathews County, VA

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    Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security — Coastal study as defined in FEMA Guides and Specifications, Appendix D: Guidance for coastal Flooding Analyses and Mapping submitted as a result of a coastal study....

  6. Coastal Analysis, Charles County, MD

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    Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security — Coastal study as defined in FEMA Guides and Specifications, Appendix D: Guidance for coastal Flooding Analyses and Mapping submitted as a result of a coastal study....

  7. Coastal Analysis, Dorchester County, MD

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    Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security — Coastal study as defined in FEMA Guides and Specifications, Appendix D: Guidance for coastal Flooding Analyses and Mapping submitted as a result of a coastal study....

  8. Tsunamis: bridging science, engineering and society.

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    Kânoğlu, U; Titov, V; Bernard, E; Synolakis, C

    2015-10-28

    Tsunamis are high-impact, long-duration disasters that in most cases allow for only minutes of warning before impact. Since the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, there have been significant advancements in warning methodology, pre-disaster preparedness and basic understanding of related phenomena. Yet, the trail of destruction of the 2011 Japan tsunami, broadcast live to a stunned world audience, underscored the difficulties of implementing advances in applied hazard mitigation. We describe state of the art methodologies, standards for warnings and summarize recent advances in basic understanding, and identify cross-disciplinary challenges. The stage is set to bridge science, engineering and society to help build up coastal resilience and reduce losses.

  9. Revised Rules for Concrete Bridges

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    Thoft-Christensen, Palle; Jensen, F. M.; Middleton, C.;

    This paper is based on research performed for the Highway Agency, London, UK under the project DPU/9/44 "Revision of Bridge Assessment Rules Based on Whole Life Performance: Concrete Bridges" It contains details of a methodology which can be used to generate Whole Life (WL) reliability profiles....... These WL reliability profiles may be used to establish revised rules for Concrete Bridges....

  10. The Bridges of Taishun County

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    MaJianhe

    2003-01-01

    The American film The Bridges of Madison County captured the imagination of many Chinese moviegoers with its bittersweet love story and scenes of rustic covered bridges. But the U.S. can't lay sole claim to such spectacular rural sights:China has its own county worldrenowned for unforgettable bridges.

  11. Demonstration of dual-band infrared thermal imaging for bridge inspection. Phase II, final report

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    Durbin, P.F.; Del Grande, N.K.; Schaich, P.C.

    1996-03-01

    Developing and implementing methods of effective bridge rehabilitation is a major issue for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The nation spends $5 billion annually to replace, rehabilitate or construct new bridges. According to the National Bridge Inventory, over 100,000 U.S. bridges are structurally deficient. About 40,000 of these bridges have advanced deck deterioration. The most common causes of serious deck deterioration is delamination. Delaminations result when steel reinforcements within the bridge deck corrode, creating gaps that separate the concrete into layers. A reliable inspection technology, capable of identifying delaminations, would represent a power new tool in bridge maintenance. To date, most bridge inspections rely on human interpretation of surface visual features of chain dragging. These methods are slow, disruptive, unreliable and raise serious safety concerns. Infrared thermal imaging detects subsurface delaminations and surface clutter, which is introduced by foreign material on the roadway. Typically, foreign material which is not always evident on a video tape image, produces a unique IR reflectance background unlike the thermal response of a subsurface delamination. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) uses dual-band infrared (DBIR) thermal imaging to identify and remove nonthermal IR reflectance backgrounds from foreign material on the roadway. DBIR methods improve the performance of IR thermal imaging by a factor of ten, compared to single-band infrared (SBIR) methods. DBIR thermal imaging allows precise temperature measurement to reliably locate bridge deck delaminations and remove wavelength-dependent emissivity variations due to foreign material on the roadway.

  12. Experimental evaluation and field implementation of FRP bridge deck modules

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    Woraphot Prachasaree

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available Construction of highway bridge decks using fiber reinforced polymer (FRP composite deck and superstructuremodules in lieu of concrete decks has proven to be feasible. However, FRP’s are not widely accepted yet despite theirbenefits such as non-corrosiveness, higher strength to weight ratio, and better fatigue resistance than conventional materials.Lack of wider usage of FRP material is mainly attributed to the absence of: 1 standardized test procedures, 2 designspecifications, and 3 construction procedures. The higher initial cost is also inhibiting bridge engineers in selecting FRPmodules as highway bridge super structural systems.Implementation of FRP composites technology for highway bridge decks leads to higher safety and lower life cyclecosts. Significant ongoing research and development of FRP deck modules as illustrated herein, has proven to enhancedeck module properties in developing FRP modules with enhanced structural performance.Prodeck 4 is one such multicellular deck that was recently developed, and extensively evaluated for static and fatigueloads, and its response results are presented herein. From rigorous testing, it was concluded that Prodeck 4 could resistAASHTO HS 25 loading with maximum stringer spacing of 48 inches. This led to construction of two bridges (one in Ohioand other in West Virginia using Prodeck 4 as decking.

  13. Conditioned Reinforcement and Response Strength

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    Shahan, Timothy A

    2010-01-01

    Stimuli associated with primary reinforcers appear themselves to acquire the capacity to strengthen behavior. This paper reviews research on the strengthening effects of conditioned reinforcers within the context of contemporary quantitative choice theories and behavioral momentum theory. Based partially on the finding that variations in parameters of conditioned reinforcement appear not to affect response strength as measured by resistance to change, long-standing assertions that conditioned reinforcers do not strengthen behavior in a reinforcement-like fashion are considered. A signposts or means-to-an-end account is explored and appears to provide a plausible alternative interpretation of the effects of stimuli associated with primary reinforcers. Related suggestions that primary reinforcers also might not have their effects via a strengthening process are explored and found to be worthy of serious consideration. PMID:20885815

  14. Mechanically reinforced glass beams

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    Nielsen, Jens Henrik; Olesen, John Forbes

    2007-01-01

    The use of glass as a load carrying material in structural elements is rarely seen even though glass is a popular material for many architects. This is owed to the unreliable and low tensile strength, which is due to surface flaws and high brittleness of the material. These properties lead...... to breakage without any warning or ductility, which can be catastrophic if no precautions are taken. One aspect of this issue is treated here by looking at the possibility of mechanically reinforcing glass beams in order to obtain ductile failure for such a structural component. A mechanically reinforced...... laminated float glass beam is constructed and tested in four-point bending. The beam consist of 4 layers of glass laminated together with a slack steel band glued onto the bottom face of the beam. The glass parts of the tested beams are \\SI{1700}{mm} long and \\SI{100}{mm} high, and the total width of one...

  15. Nanostructured composite reinforced material

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    Seals, Roland D [Oak Ridge, TN; Ripley, Edward B [Knoxville, TN; Ludtka, Gerard M [Oak Ridge, TN

    2012-07-31

    A family of materials wherein nanostructures and/or nanotubes are incorporated into a multi-component material arrangement, such as a metallic or ceramic alloy or composite/aggregate, producing a new material or metallic/ceramic alloy. The new material has significantly increased strength, up to several thousands of times normal and perhaps substantially more, as well as significantly decreased weight. The new materials may be manufactured into a component where the nanostructure or nanostructure reinforcement is incorporated into the bulk and/or matrix material, or as a coating where the nanostructure or nanostructure reinforcement is incorporated into the coating or surface of a "normal" substrate material. The nanostructures are incorporated into the material structure either randomly or aligned, within grains, or along or across grain boundaries.

  16. South Oregon Coast Reinforcement.

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    United States. Bonneville Power Administration.

    1998-05-01

    The Bonneville Power Administration is proposing to build a transmission line to reinforce electrical service to the southern coast of Oregon. This FYI outlines the proposal, tells how one can learn more, and how one can share ideas and opinions. The project will reinforce Oregon`s south coast area and provide the necessary transmission for Nucor Corporation to build a new steel mill in the Coos Bay/North Bend area. The proposed plant, which would use mostly recycled scrap metal, would produce rolled steel products. The plant would require a large amount of electrical power to run the furnace used in its steel-making process. In addition to the potential steel mill, electrical loads in the south Oregon coast area are expected to continue to grow.

  17. Reinforced Airfoil Shaped Body

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    2011-01-01

    The present invention relates to an airfoil shaped body with a leading edge and a trailing edge extending along the longitudinal extension of the body and defining a profile chord, the airfoil shaped body comprising an airfoil shaped facing that forms the outer surface of the airfoil shaped body...... and surrounds an internal volume of the body, a distance member that is connected to the facing inside the body and extends from the facing and into the internal volume of the body, and at least one reinforcing member that operates in tension for reinforcing the facing against inward deflections...... and that is connected to the facing inside the internal volume of the body at the same side of the profile chord as the connection of the distance member to the facing and to the distance member at a distance from the facing....

  18. Dynamic Bridge Response for a Bridge-friendly Truck

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    V. Šmilauer

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available A truck with controlled semi-active suspensions traversing a bridge is examined for benefits to the bridge structure. The original concept of a road-friendly truck was extended to a bridge-friendly vehicle, using the same optimization tools. A half-car model with two independently driven axles is coupled with simply supported bridges (beam, slab model with the span range from 5 m to 50 m. Surface profile of the bridge deck is either stochastic or in the shape of a bump or a pot in the mid-span. Numerical integration in the MATLAB/SIMULINK environment solves coupled dynamic equations of motion with optimized truck suspensions. The rear axle generates the prevailing load and to a great extent determines the bridge response. A significant decrease in contact road-tire forces is observed and the mid-span bridge deflections are on average smaller, when compared to commercial passive suspensions. 

  19. FLEXURAL TOUGHNESS OF STEEL FIBER REINFORCED CONCRETE

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    Fehmi ÇİVİCİ

    2006-02-01

    Full Text Available Fiber concrete is a composite material which has mechanical and physical characteristics unlike plain concrete. One of the important mechanical characteristics of fiber concrete is its energy absorbing capability. This characteristics which is also called toughness, is defined as the total area under the load-deflection curve. A number of composite characteristics such as crack resistance, ductility and impact resistance are related to the energy absorbtion capacity. According to ASTM C 1018 and JSCE SF-4 the calculation of toughness is determined by uniaxial flexural testing. Fiber concrete is often used in plates such as bridge decks, airport pavements, parking areas, subjected to cavitation and erosion. In this paper, toughness has been determined according to ASTM C 1018 and JSCE SF-4 methods by testing beam specimens. Energy absorbing capacities of plain and steel fiber reinforced concrete has been compared by evaluating the results of two methods. Also plain and steel fiber reinforced plate specimens behaviors subjected to biaxial flexure are compared by the loaddeflection curves of each specimen.

  20. Reinforcement learning with Marr.

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    Niv, Yael; Langdon, Angela

    2016-10-01

    To many, the poster child for David Marr's famous three levels of scientific inquiry is reinforcement learning-a computational theory of reward optimization, which readily prescribes algorithmic solutions that evidence striking resemblance to signals found in the brain, suggesting a straightforward neural implementation. Here we review questions that remain open at each level of analysis, concluding that the path forward to their resolution calls for inspiration across levels, rather than a focus on mutual constraints.

  1. Fiber reinforced polypropylene nanocomposites

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    2007-01-01

    The aim of this thesis is to assess the feasibility of integrating nanoparticles into glass fiber (GF) reinforced isotactic polypropylene (iPP) composites via existing thermoplastic processing routes, and to investigate whether this results in significant improvements in the mechanical properties of the final composites. A longer term aim will be to extend the approach to the preparation of hybrid composites with added non-structural functionality. However, the nanoparticles that have provide...

  2. Fiber reinforced polypropylene nanocomposites

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    2008-01-01

    The aim of this thesis is to assess the feasibility of integrating nanoparticles into glass fiber (GF) reinforced isotactic polypropylene (iPP) composites via existing thermoplastic processing routes, and to investigate whether this results in significant improvements in the mechanical properties of the final composites. A longer term aim will be to extend the approach to the preparation of hybrid composites with added non-structural functionality. However, the nanoparticles that have provide...

  3. The Community Reinforcement Approach.

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    Meyers, Robert J; Smith, Jane Ellen; Lash, Denise N

    2003-01-01

    This chapter reviews two behavioral substance abuse treatments: The Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) and Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT). Both of these programs were built on the concept that an individual's recovery is greatly affected by his or her unique environment. This environment, or reinforcing "community," is composed of family, friends, work/school, social activities, and perhaps spiritual affiliations. CRA, the first of these two programs to be developed, was created specifically for the problem drinker (Hunt & Azrin, 1973). The goal of CRA is to rearrange multiple aspects of an individual's "community" so that a clean and sober lifestyle is more rewarding than one that is dominated by alcohol and drugs. Subsequently, CRAFT was developed for the many individuals with substance abuse problems who are vehemently opposed to treatment (Institute of Medicine, 1990). CRAFT works through concerned family members and friends of these treatment refusers in an effort to get them to seek therapy (Sisson & Azrin, 1986). Descriptions and the empirical support for CRA and CRAFT follow.

  4. Reinforcement Learning Trees.

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    Zhu, Ruoqing; Zeng, Donglin; Kosorok, Michael R

    In this paper, we introduce a new type of tree-based method, reinforcement learning trees (RLT), which exhibits significantly improved performance over traditional methods such as random forests (Breiman, 2001) under high-dimensional settings. The innovations are three-fold. First, the new method implements reinforcement learning at each selection of a splitting variable during the tree construction processes. By splitting on the variable that brings the greatest future improvement in later splits, rather than choosing the one with largest marginal effect from the immediate split, the constructed tree utilizes the available samples in a more efficient way. Moreover, such an approach enables linear combination cuts at little extra computational cost. Second, we propose a variable muting procedure that progressively eliminates noise variables during the construction of each individual tree. The muting procedure also takes advantage of reinforcement learning and prevents noise variables from being considered in the search for splitting rules, so that towards terminal nodes, where the sample size is small, the splitting rules are still constructed from only strong variables. Last, we investigate asymptotic properties of the proposed method under basic assumptions and discuss rationale in general settings.

  5. Confidence in Coastal Forecasts

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    Baart, F.

    2013-01-01

    This thesis answers the question "How can we show and improve our confidence in coastal forecasts?", by providing four examples of common coastal forecasts. The first example shows how to improve the estimate of the one in ten thousand year storm-surge level. The three dimensional reconstruction,

  6. Prestressing of reinforcing bars in concrete slabs due to concrete expansion induced by Alkali-Silica Reaction

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    Gustenhoff Hansen, Søren; Antonio Barbosa, Ricardo; Hoang, Linh Cao

    2017-01-01

    Alkali-silica reactions (ASR) in concrete bridges have been a major concern worldwide for many decades. In Denmark, several bridges are severely damaged due to ASR and over 600 bridges have the potential to develop ASR in the future. The majority of these bridges are slab-bridges. Despite the many...... based on relatively small laboratory specimens or beams and structural elements with shear reinforcement. This paper provides the first plausible explanation on why these results are unrepresentative for slab elements. Additionally, this paper quantifies the prestressing effect by analysing full......-scale slabs, obtained by severe ASR-damaged bridges located in Denmark. The results show that in the early stage, the ASR-induced prestressing effect develops simultaneously with the ASR-induced cracks. Subsequently the cracks develop further, while the prestressing effect reaches a maximum. The results...

  7. Simulation of multivariate diffusion bridges

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    Bladt, Mogens; Finch, Samuel; Sørensen, Michael

    We propose simple methods for multivariate diffusion bridge simulation, which plays a fundamental role in simulation-based likelihood and Bayesian inference for stochastic differential equations. By a novel application of classical coupling methods, the new approach generalizes a previously...... proposed simulation method for one-dimensional bridges to the mulit-variate setting. First a method of simulating approzimate, but often very accurate, diffusion bridges is proposed. These approximate bridges are used as proposal for easily implementable MCMC algorithms that produce exact diffusion bridges...

  8. Implementation and validation of a coastal forecasting system for wind waves in the Mediterranean Sea

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    R. Inghilesi

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available A coastal forecasting system was implemented to provide wind wave forecasts over the whole Mediterranean Sea area, and with the added capability to focus on selected coastal areas. The goal of the system was to achieve a representation of the small-scale coastal processes influencing the propagation of waves towards the coasts. The system was based on a chain of nested wave models and adopted the WAve Model (WAM to analyse the large-scale, deep-sea propagation of waves; and the Simulating WAves Nearshore (SWAN to simulate waves in key coastal areas. Regional intermediate-scale WAM grids were introduced to bridge the gap between the large-scale and each coastal area. Even applying two consecutive nestings (Mediterranean grid → regional grid → coastal grid, a very high resolution was still required for the large scale WAM implementation in order to get a final resolution of about 400 m on the shores. In this study three regional areas in the Tyrrhenian Sea were selected, with a single coastal area embedded in each of them. The number of regional and coastal grids in the system could easily be modified without significantly affecting the efficiency of the system. The coastal system was tested in three Italian coastal regions in order to optimize the numerical parameters and to check the results in orographically complex zones for which wave records were available. Fifteen storm events in the period 2004–2009 were considered.

  9. Multi-objective optimization design of bridge piers with hybrid heuristic algorithms

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    Francisco J. MARTINEZ-MARTIN; Femando GONZALEZ-VIDOSA; Antonio HOSPITALER; Victor YEPES

    2012-01-01

    This paper describes one approach to the design of reinforced concrete (RC) bridge piers,using a three-hybrid multiobjective simulated annealing (SA) algorithm with a neighborhood move based on the mutation operator from the genetic algorithms (GAs),namely MOSAMO1,MOSAMO2 and MOSAMO3.The procedure is applied to three objective functions:the economic cost,the reinforcing steel congestion and the embedded CO2 emissions.Additional results for a random walk and a descent local search multi-objective algorithm are presented.The evaluation of solutions follows the Spanish Code for structural concrete.The methodology was applied to a typical bridge pier of 23,97 m in height.This example involved 110 design variables.Results indicate that algorithm MOSAMO2 outperforms other algorithms regarding the definition of Pareto fronts.Further,the proposed procedure will help structural engineers to enhance their bridge pier designs.

  10. Review of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer Reinforced Material in Concrete Structure

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    Ayuddin Ayuddin

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP is a material that is lightweight, strong, anti-magnetic and corrosion resistant. This material can be used as an option to replace the steel material in concrete construction or as material to improve the strength of existing construction. CFRP is quite easy to be attached to the concrete structure and proved economically used as a material for repairing damaged structures and increase the resilience of structural beams, columns, bridges and other parts of the structure against earthquakes. CFRP materials can be shaped sheet to be attached to the concrete surface. Another reason is due to the use of CFRP has a higher ultimate strength and lower weight compared to steel reinforcement so that the handling is significantly easier. Through this paper suggests that CFRP materials can be applied to concrete structures, especially on concrete columns. Through the results of experiments conducted proved that the concrete columns externally wrapped with CFRP materials can increase the strength. This treatment is obtained after testing experiments on 130 mm diameter column with a height of 700 mm with concentric loading method to collapse. The experimental results indicate that a column is wrapped externally with CFRP materials can achieve a load capacity of 250 kN compared to the concrete columns externally without CFRP material which only reached 150 kN. If the column is given internally reinforcing steel and given externally CFRP materials can reach 270 kN. It shows that CFRP materials can be used for concrete structures can even replace reinforcing steel that has been widely used in building construction in Indonesia.

  11. Bridging as Coercive Accommodation

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    Bos, J W; Mineur, A M; Bos, Johan; Buitelaar, Paul; Mineur, Anne-Marie

    1995-01-01

    In this paper we discuss the notion of "bridging" in Discourse Representation Theory as a tool to account for discourse referents that have only been established implicitly, through the lexical semantics of other referents. In doing so, we use ideas from Generative Lexicon theory, to introduce antecedents for anaphoric expressions that cannot be "linked" to a proper antecedent, but that do not need to be "accommodated" because they have some connection to the network of discourse referents that is already established.

  12. Bridging Classroom Language Ethnography

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    GRENFELL, MICHAEL JAMES

    2012-01-01

    PUBLISHED Paper #5: Bridging Classroom Language Ethnography, New Literacy Studies and Bourdieu?s Social Philosophy: Principles and Practice The purpose of this paper is to analyze and synthesize the various ways that classroom language ethnography, NLS, and Bourdieu?s social philosophy, were integrated. The goal of the analysis and synthesis is to provide a fresh perspective and fruitful insights on literacy in all its manifestations that provides the foundations for a more robust...

  13. 桥梁的无损检测及碳纤维布加固应用%Non-destructive Testing and Bridges CFRP Applications

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    张照方; 李伟涛; 张雷顺

    2013-01-01

    In order to study the effect CFRP reinforcement to Xionger River Bridge in Zhengzhou City,the non-destructive testing of the bridge is carried out to assess its extent of damage,and the carbon fiber reinforced approach are used to reinforce the bridge,then the static load is tested. The test results show that reinforcement effect is good.%为了研究碳纤维布的加固效果,以郑州市熊耳河桥为例,先对该桥进行无损检测,评估其损坏程度,然后采用碳纤维加固的方法对该桥进行了加固,加固完成后做了静载试验,试验结果表明加固效果良好。

  14. Health monitoring of bonded composite repair in bridge rehabilitation

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    Wu, Zhanjun; Qing, Xinlin P.; Ghosh, Kumar; Karbhar, Vistasp; Chang, Fu-Kuo

    2008-08-01

    Structural rehabilitation with carbon fiber reinforced composite materials has proven to be an excellent way to enhance/repair steel reinforced concrete structures and prolong their service lives. However, disbonds between composite repair patches and host structures continue to be a great concern of this technology. In this paper, a built-in piezoelectric sensor network based structural health monitoring system is introduced for monitoring the disbonds between composite repair patches and the host structures. This diagnostic system combines the sensor network, diagnostic hardware and data analysis software allowing for real-time monitoring of the integrity of the bonded repair. The effectiveness of detecting disbonds using the system has been demonstrated on a full scale bridge model in a laboratory setting. The bridge model was loaded incrementally to failure, and disbond monitoring was carried out during the loading intervals. Test results showed that the system could detect the disbonds before they have a noticeable effect on the global stiffness of the bridge model.

  15. Experimental study of hollow rectangular bridge column performance under vertical and cyclically bilateral loads

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    Han, Qiang; Du, Xiuli; Zhou, Yihui; Lee, George C.

    2013-09-01

    To investigate the seismic performance of hollow reinforced concrete (RC) bridge columns of rectangular cross section under constant axial load and cyclically biaxial bending, five specimens were tested. A parametric study is carried out for different axial load ratios, longitudinal reinforcement ratios and lateral reinforcement ratios. The experimental results showed that all tested specimens failed in the flexural failure mode and their ultimate performance was dominated by flexural capacity, which is represented by the rupture/buckling of tensile longitudinal rebars at the bottom of the bridge columns. Biaxial force and displacement hysteresis loops showed significant stiffness and strength degradations, and the pinching effect and coupling interaction effect of both directions severely decrease the structural seismic resistance. However, the measured ductility coefficient varying from 3.5 to 5.7 and the equivalent viscous damping ratio varying from 0.19 and 0.26 can meet the requirements of the seismic design. The hollow RC rectangular bridge columns with configurations of lateral reinforcement in this study have excellent performance under bidirectional earthquake excitations, and may be considered as a substitute for current hollow RC rectangular section configurations described in the Guideline for Seismic Design of Highway Bridges (JTG/T B02-01-2008). The length of the plastic hinge region was found to approach one sixth of the hollow RC rectangular bridge column height for all specimen columns, and it was much less than those specified in the current JTG/T. Thus, the length of the plastic hinge region is more concentrated for RC rectangular hollow bridge columns.

  16. [Reinforcement learning by striatum].

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    Kunisato, Yoshihiko; Okada, Go; Okamoto, Yasumasa

    2009-04-01

    Recently, computational models of reinforcement learning have been applied for the analysis of neuroimaging data. It has been clarified that the striatum plays a key role in decision making. We review the reinforcement learning theory and the biological structures such as the brain and signals such as neuromodulators associated with reinforcement learning. We also investigated the function of the striatum and the neurotransmitter serotonin in reward prediction. We first studied the brain mechanisms for reward prediction at different time scales. Our experiment on the striatum showed that the ventroanterior regions are involved in predicting immediate rewards and the dorsoposterior regions are involved in predicting future rewards. Further, we investigated whether serotonin regulates both the reward selection and the striatum function are specialized reward prediction at different time scales. To this end, we regulated the dietary intake of tryptophan, a precursor of serotonin. Our experiment showed that the activity of the ventral part of the striatum was correlated with reward prediction at shorter time scales, and this activity was stronger at low serotonin levels. By contrast, the activity of the dorsal part of the striatum was correlated with reward prediction at longer time scales, and this activity was stronger at high serotonin levels. Further, a higher proportion of small reward choices, together with a higher rate of discounting of delayed rewards is observed in the low-serotonin condition than in the control and high-serotonin conditions. Further examinations are required in future to assess the relation between the disturbance of reward prediction caused by low serotonin and mental disorders related to serotonin such as depression.

  17. Articularities of Analysis and Behaviour of Concrete Beams Reinforced with Fibrous Polymer Composite Bars

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    N. Ţăranu

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Traditional steel based reinforcement systems for concrete elements are facing with serious problems mainly caused by corrosion due to chemically aggressive environments and salts used in deicing procedures, especially in case of bridge steel reinforced concrete girders. Also in some cases special applications require structural members with magnetic transparency. An alternative to this major problem has recently become the use of fiber reinforced polymer (FPR composite bars as internal reinforcement for concrete beams. The particularities of their mechanical properties are making the design process a difficult task for engineers, numerous research centers being involved in correcting this situation. The general aspects concerning the conceiving of FR.P reinforced concrete beams are firstly analyzed, compared to those reinforced with steel bars. Some results of a Finite Element Analysis, as part of a complex program which also implies full scale testing of FRP reinforced beams subjected to bending, are given and discussed in the paper. The low elasticity modulus presented by glass fiber reinforced polymer (GFRP bars does not justify its use from structural point of view when deflection is the limiting condition but for corrosive resistance reasons and special electromagnetic properties this system can be promoted.

  18. Manifold Regularized Reinforcement Learning.

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    Li, Hongliang; Liu, Derong; Wang, Ding

    2017-01-27

    This paper introduces a novel manifold regularized reinforcement learning scheme for continuous Markov decision processes. Smooth feature representations for value function approximation can be automatically learned using the unsupervised manifold regularization method. The learned features are data-driven, and can be adapted to the geometry of the state space. Furthermore, the scheme provides a direct basis representation extension for novel samples during policy learning and control. The performance of the proposed scheme is evaluated on two benchmark control tasks, i.e., the inverted pendulum and the energy storage problem. Simulation results illustrate the concepts of the proposed scheme and show that it can obtain excellent performance.

  19. Negative effects of positive reinforcement

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    Perone, Michael

    2003-01-01

    Procedures classified as positive reinforcement are generally regarded as more desirable than those classified as aversive—those that involve negative reinforcement or punishment. This is a crude test of the desirability of a procedure to change or maintain behavior. The problems can be identified on the basis of theory, experimental analysis, and consideration of practical cases. Theoretically, the distinction between positive and negative reinforcement has proven difficult (some would say t...

  20. [The systems process of reinforcement].

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    Sudakov, K V

    1996-01-01

    The process of reinforcement is considered in the context of the general theory of functional systems as an important part of behavioural act organization closely interacting with the dominant motivation. It is shown that reinforcement substantially changes the activities of separate neurons in different brain structures involved in dominant motivation. After a preliminary reinforcement under the influence of corresponding motivation the ribosomal apparatus of neurons begins to synthesize special molecular engrams of the action acceptor. The sensory mechanisms of reinforcement and, especially, the role of emotions are considered in details in the paper.

  1. Field dynamic testing on a Cyprus concrete highway bridge using Wireless Sensor Network (WSN)

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    Votsis, Renos A.; Kyriakides, Nicholas; Tantele, Elia A.; Chrysostomou, Christis Z.; Onoufriou, Toula

    2014-08-01

    The aims of the bridge management authorities are to ensure that bridges fulfil their purpose and functionality during their design life. So, it is important to identify and quantify the deterioration of the structural condition early so that a timely application of an intervention will avoid more serious problems and increased costs at a later stage. A measure to enhance the effectiveness of the existing structural evaluation by visual inspection is instrumental monitoring using sensors. The activities performed in this process belong to the field of Structural Health Monitoring (SHM). The SHM offers opportunities for continuous or periodic monitoring on bridges and technological advances allow nowadays the employment of wireless sensors networks (WSN) for this task. A SHM application using WSN was implemented on a multi-span reinforced concrete (RC) highway bridge in Limassol with the objective to study its dynamic characteristics and performance. Part of the specific bridge will be replaced and this offered a unique opportunity for measurements before and after construction so that apparent changes in the dynamic characteristics of the bridge will be identified after the repairing work. The measurements provided indications on the frequencies and mode shapes of the bridge and the response amplitude during the passing of traffic. The latter enabled the investigation of the dependency of the bridge's structural damping to the amplitude of vibration induced by the passing of traffic. The results showed that as the excitation increases the magnitude of modal damping increases as well.

  2. Steel fiber reinforced concrete behavior, modelling and design

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    Singh, Harvinder

    2017-01-01

    This book discusses design aspects of steel fiber-reinforced concrete (SFRC) members, including the behavior of the SFRC and its modeling. It also examines the effect of various parameters governing the response of SFRC members in detail. Unlike other publications available in the form of guidelines, which mainly describe design methods based on experimental results, it describes the basic concepts and principles of designing structural members using SFRC as a structural material, predominantly subjected to flexure and shear. Although applications to special structures, such as bridges, retaining walls, tanks and silos are not specifically covered, the fundamental design concepts remain the same and can easily be extended to these elements. It introduces the principles and related theories for predicting the role of steel fibers in reinforcing concrete members concisely and logically, and presents various material models to predict the response of SFRC members in detail. These are then gradually extended to d...

  3. Mechanical Reinforcement of Diopside Bone Scaffolds with Carbon Nanotubes

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    Cijun Shuai

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Carbon nanotubes are ideal candidates for the mechanical reinforcement of ceramic due to their excellent mechanical properties, high aspect ratio and nanometer scale diameter. In this study, the effects of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs on the mechanical properties of diopside (Di scaffolds fabricated by selective laser sintering were investigated. Results showed that compressive strength and fracture toughness improved significantly with increasing MWCNTs from 0.5 to 2 wt %, and then declined with increasing MWCNTs to 5 wt %. Compressive strength and fracture toughness were enhanced by 106% and 21%, respectively. The reinforcing mechanisms were identified as crack deflection, MWCNTs crack bridging and pull-out. Further, the scaffolds exhibited good apatite-formation ability and supported adhesion and proliferation of cells in vitro.

  4. Life cycle detection of prestress in large prestressed reinforcement structures

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    JIN Xiu-mei; DU Yan-liang; SUN Bao-chen

    2005-01-01

    To monitor the stress state of prestressed reinforcement in large reinforcement prestressed structure, two sensing structures, namely the direct spiral-winding structure and sawtooth modulated structure, were designed based on the ordinary communication optical fiber. The sensing theories were analyzed, and the experimental studies were also carried out. The quasi-distributed sensing system based on optical time domain reflective technology was established. The detection wavelength and spatial resolution were analyzed, and the estimation formula of maximal number of sensing point was also given. The results show that the system can realize the quasi-distributed test of measurand with single fiber, which helps to simplify the in-out wires. Moreover it can take on the important task of long-term and continuous monitoring of prestress, which helps to realize the life cycle detection of prestress, and play an important role in the estimating of bridge health state.

  5. Human-level control through deep reinforcement learning

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    Mnih, Volodymyr; Kavukcuoglu, Koray; Silver, David; Rusu, Andrei A.; Veness, Joel; Bellemare, Marc G.; Graves, Alex; Riedmiller, Martin; Fidjeland, Andreas K.; Ostrovski, Georg; Petersen, Stig; Beattie, Charles; Sadik, Amir; Antonoglou, Ioannis; King, Helen; Kumaran, Dharshan; Wierstra, Daan; Legg, Shane; Hassabis, Demis

    2015-02-01

    The theory of reinforcement learning provides a normative account, deeply rooted in psychological and neuroscientific perspectives on animal behaviour, of how agents may optimize their control of an environment. To use reinforcement learning successfully in situations approaching real-world complexity, however, agents are confronted with a difficult task: they must derive efficient representations of the environment from high-dimensional sensory inputs, and use these to generalize past experience to new situations. Remarkably, humans and other animals seem to solve this problem through a harmonious combination of reinforcement learning and hierarchical sensory processing systems, the former evidenced by a wealth of neural data revealing notable parallels between the phasic signals emitted by dopaminergic neurons and temporal difference reinforcement learning algorithms. While reinforcement learning agents have achieved some successes in a variety of domains, their applicability has previously been limited to domains in which useful features can be handcrafted, or to domains with fully observed, low-dimensional state spaces. Here we use recent advances in training deep neural networks to develop a novel artificial agent, termed a deep Q-network, that can learn successful policies directly from high-dimensional sensory inputs using end-to-end reinforcement learning. We tested this agent on the challenging domain of classic Atari 2600 games. We demonstrate that the deep Q-network agent, receiving only the pixels and the game score as inputs, was able to surpass the performance of all previous algorithms and achieve a level comparable to that of a professional human games tester across a set of 49 games, using the same algorithm, network architecture and hyperparameters. This work bridges the divide between high-dimensional sensory inputs and actions, resulting in the first artificial agent that is capable of learning to excel at a diverse array of challenging tasks.

  6. Human-level control through deep reinforcement learning.

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    Mnih, Volodymyr; Kavukcuoglu, Koray; Silver, David; Rusu, Andrei A; Veness, Joel; Bellemare, Marc G; Graves, Alex; Riedmiller, Martin; Fidjeland, Andreas K; Ostrovski, Georg; Petersen, Stig; Beattie, Charles; Sadik, Amir; Antonoglou, Ioannis; King, Helen; Kumaran, Dharshan; Wierstra, Daan; Legg, Shane; Hassabis, Demis

    2015-02-26

    The theory of reinforcement learning provides a normative account, deeply rooted in psychological and neuroscientific perspectives on animal behaviour, of how agents may optimize their control of an environment. To use reinforcement learning successfully in situations approaching real-world complexity, however, agents are confronted with a difficult task: they must derive efficient representations of the environment from high-dimensional sensory inputs, and use these to generalize past experience to new situations. Remarkably, humans and other animals seem to solve this problem through a harmonious combination of reinforcement learning and hierarchical sensory processing systems, the former evidenced by a wealth of neural data revealing notable parallels between the phasic signals emitted by dopaminergic neurons and temporal difference reinforcement learning algorithms. While reinforcement learning agents have achieved some successes in a variety of domains, their applicability has previously been limited to domains in which useful features can be handcrafted, or to domains with fully observed, low-dimensional state spaces. Here we use recent advances in training deep neural networks to develop a novel artificial agent, termed a deep Q-network, that can learn successful policies directly from high-dimensional sensory inputs using end-to-end reinforcement learning. We tested this agent on the challenging domain of classic Atari 2600 games. We demonstrate that the deep Q-network agent, receiving only the pixels and the game score as inputs, was able to surpass the performance of all previous algorithms and achieve a level comparable to that of a professional human games tester across a set of 49 games, using the same algorithm, network architecture and hyperparameters. This work bridges the divide between high-dimensional sensory inputs and actions, resulting in the first artificial agent that is capable of learning to excel at a diverse array of challenging tasks.

  7. Recycling of Reinforced Plastics

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    Adams, R. D.; Collins, Andrew; Cooper, Duncan; Wingfield-Digby, Mark; Watts-Farmer, Archibald; Laurence, Anna; Patel, Kayur; Stevens, Mark; Watkins, Rhodri

    2014-02-01

    This work has shown is that it is possible to recycle continuous and short fibre reinforced thermosetting resins while keeping almost the whole of the original material, both fibres and matrix, within the recyclate. By splitting, crushing hot or cold, and hot forming, it is possible to create a recyclable material, which we designate a Remat, which can then be used to remanufacture other shapes, examples of plates and tubes being demonstrated. Not only can remanufacturing be done, but it has been shown that over 50 % of the original mechanical properties, such as the E modulus, tensile strength, and interlaminar shear strength, can be retained. Four different forms of composite were investigated, a random mat Glass Fibre Reinforced Plastic (GFRP) bathroom component and boat hull, woven glass and carbon fibre cloth impregnated with an epoxy resin, and unidirectional carbon fibre pre-preg. One of the main factors found to affect composite recyclability was the type of resin matrix used in the composite. Thermoset resins tested were shown to have a temperature range around the Glass Transition Temperature (Tg) where they exhibit ductile behaviour, hence aiding reforming of the material. The high-grade carbon fibre prepreg was found to be less easy to recycle than the woven of random fibre laminates. One method of remanufacturing was by heating the Remat to above its glass transition temperature, bending it to shape, and then cooling it. However, unless precautions are taken, the geometric form may revert. This does not happen with the crushed material.

  8. Quantum reinforcement learning.

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    Dong, Daoyi; Chen, Chunlin; Li, Hanxiong; Tarn, Tzyh-Jong

    2008-10-01

    The key approaches for machine learning, particularly learning in unknown probabilistic environments, are new representations and computation mechanisms. In this paper, a novel quantum reinforcement learning (QRL) method is proposed by combining quantum theory and reinforcement learning (RL). Inspired by the state superposition principle and quantum parallelism, a framework of a value-updating algorithm is introduced. The state (action) in traditional RL is identified as the eigen state (eigen action) in QRL. The state (action) set can be represented with a quantum superposition state, and the eigen state (eigen action) can be obtained by randomly observing the simulated quantum state according to the collapse postulate of quantum measurement. The probability of the eigen action is determined by the probability amplitude, which is updated in parallel according to rewards. Some related characteristics of QRL such as convergence, optimality, and balancing between exploration and exploitation are also analyzed, which shows that this approach makes a good tradeoff between exploration and exploitation using the probability amplitude and can speedup learning through the quantum parallelism. To evaluate the performance and practicability of QRL, several simulated experiments are given, and the results demonstrate the effectiveness and superiority of the QRL algorithm for some complex problems. This paper is also an effective exploration on the application of quantum computation to artificial intelligence.

  9. The active-bridge oscillator

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    Wessendorf, K.O.

    1998-07-01

    This paper describes the Active-Bridge Oscillator (ABO), a new concept in high-stability oscillator design. The ABO is ab ridge-type oscillator design that is easly to design and overcomes many of the operational and design difficulties associated with standard bridge oscillator designs. The ABO will oscillate with a very stable output amplitude over a wide range of operating conditions without the use of an automatic-level-control (ALC). A standard bridge oscillator design requires an ALC to maintain the desired amplitude of oscillation. for this and other reasons, bridge oscilaltors are not used in mainstream designs. Bridge oscillators are generally relegated to relatively low-volume, high-performance applications. The Colpitts and Pierce designs are the most popular oscillators but are typically less stable than a bridge-type oscillator.

  10. Vulnerability of bridges to fire

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    Giuliani, Luisa; Crosti, C.; Gentili, F.

    2012-01-01

    Even if recent effort in developing methodology and measures for design structures against fire and explosions has been mostly focused on buildings, bridges can also be very sensitive to those actions, as witnesses by some recent bridge accidents, which caused major economic losses and also...... endangered people safety in few cases. Purpose of this paper is making a focus on the state of the art of the research and current regulations concerning the response of bridges to fire. Several cases of bridge fires are reported and a focus is made on the occurrence and consequence of bridge fires......, considering both the costs deriving by structural damages and by limited serviceability and other indirect societal aspects. Few cases of recent bridge fire are reviewed in detail and structural consequences are highlighted, distinguishing between damages directly induced by fire and damages induced by local...

  11. Coastal California Digital Imagery

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — This digital ortho-imagery dataset is a survey of coastal California. The project area consists of approximately 3774 square miles. The project design of the digital...

  12. Topics in coastal engineering

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    Bijker, E.W.

    1972-01-01

    Harbors, development of longshore current formulas, radiation stress, determination of currents along a coast, longshore sand transportation, local coastal accretion, beaches with groins, wave forces on piles, offshore constructions, offshore moorings, submarine pipelines.

  13. National Coastal Mapping Program

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    Army Corps of Engineers, Department of the Army, Department of Defense — The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) National Coastal Mapping Program (NCMP) is designed to provide high-resolution elevation and imagery data along U.S....

  14. Coastal Temperate Rainforest Symposium

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — The North Pacific LCC is helping sponsor the April 2012 science symposium - Coastal Temperate Rainforests: Integrating Communities, Climate Science, and Resource...

  15. Coastal Zone of Cameroon

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    Water, Salt and Nutrients Budgets of Two Estuaries in the. Coastal Zone of ... in destabilization of plankton communities, resulting in high ...... The water exchange time (1) was. 315 and 48 days in ..... account. Know your Milieu Series. Limbe,.

  16. Coastal Harbors Modeling Facility

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    Federal Laboratory Consortium — The Coastal Harbors Modeling Facility is used to aid in the planning of harbor development and in the design and layout of breakwaters, absorbers, etc.. The goal is...

  17. Tensile Strength of Natural Fiber Reinforced Polyester Composite

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    Ismail, Al Emran; Awang, Muhd. Khairudin; Sa'at, Mohd Hisham

    2007-05-01

    Nowadays, increasing awareness of replacing synthetic fiber such as glass fiber has emerged due to environmental problems and pollutions. Automotive manufacturers also seek new material especially biodegradable material to be non-load bearing application parts. This present work discussed on the effect of silane treatment on coir fiber reinforced composites. From the results of tensile tests, fibers treated with silane have attained maximum material stiffness. However, to achieve maximum ultimate tensile strength and strain at failure performances, untreated fibers work very well through fiber bridging and internal friction between fiber and polymeric matrix. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) observations have coincided with these results.

  18. Bridge Aesthetics and Structural Honesty

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    Gimsing, Niels Jørgen

    1999-01-01

    In bridges the overall form must be chosen with due respect to the transmission of forces if efficient structures shall be created, The design must therefore be governed by experienced structural engineers - in some cases assisted by aesthetic advisers on specific issues. Some basic requirements...... decisive for choosing the form of trusses, arches and cable-stayed bridges are outlined, and several examples show bridges designed without giving priority to the structural aspects....

  19. Morphological aspects of myocardial bridges.

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    Lujinović, Almira; Kulenović, Amela; Kapur, Eldan; Gojak, Refet

    2013-11-01

    Although some myocardial bridges can be asymptomatic, their presence often causes coronary disease either through direct compression of the "tunnel" segment or through stimulation and accelerated development of atherosclerosis in the segment proximally to the myocardial bridge. The studied material contained 30 human hearts received from the Department of Anatomy. The hearts were preserved 3 to 5 days in 10% formalin solution. Thereafter, the fatty tissue was removed and arterial blood vessels prepared by careful dissection with special reference to the presence of the myocardial bridges. Length and thickness of the bridges were measured by the precise electronic caliper. The angle between the myocardial bridge fibre axis and other axis of the crossed blood vessel was measured by a goniometer. The presence of the bridges was confirmed in 53.33% of the researched material, most frequently (43.33%) above the anterior interventricular branch. The mean length of the bridges was 14.64 ± 9.03 mm and the mean thickness was 1.23 ± 1.32 mm. Myocardial bridge fibres pass over the descending blood vessel at the angle of 10-90 degrees. The results obtained on a limited sample suggest that the muscular index of myocardial bridge is the highest for bridges located on RIA, but that the difference is not significant in relation to bridges located on other branches. The results obtained suggest that bridges located on other branches, not only those on RIA, could have a great contractive power and, consequently, a great compressive force, which would be exerted on the wall of a crossed blood vessel.

  20. Bridging Literature and Linguistics

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    Abdul Wahab

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract: Two majors linguistics and literature in the schools of letters both in the state and private universities throughout Indonesia are commonly separated sharply. Courses of literature in the Department of Linguistics are offered minimally, such that the students of linguistics are not given a conducive atmosphere to express their literary appreciation. Likewise, courses of linguistics in the Department of Literature are very restricted, so that the students of literature are unable to analyze literary works from the points of linguistic view. This paper tries to bridge linguistics and literature. The attempt to bridge linguistics and literature is based on three postulates: (I literature consists of linguistic objects designed with an artistic end, (2 linguistic objects are formal objects, and (3 a formal account of linguistic object designed with an artistic end approximates a formal account of that artistic design. Two major directions in the approaches and emphases will be presented in the paper exogenous and endogenous. Exogenous approach tries to search for adequate description of (1 poetic language as contrasted with ordinary language, (2 language of a particular author contrasted with that of other authors, and (3 a particular literary work contrasted with other works of the same author. This part touches upon three areas of exogenous approach isolation, description, and characterization. Endogenous, on the hand, is based upon an assumption that a writer exhibits, probably without realizing it, certain systematic preferences for particular aspects of linguistic patterns. Planning a bridge between linguistics and literature is by no means without problems. Therefore, this paper also presents some possible solutions.

  1. Bridging Literature and Linguistics

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    Abdul Wahab

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Two majors linguistics and literature in the schools of letters both in the state and private universities throughout Indonesia are commonly separated sharply. Courses of literature in the Department of Linguistics are offered minimally, such that the students of linguistics are not given a conducive atmosphere to express their literary appreciation. Likewise, courses of linguistics in the Department of Literature are very restricted, so that the students of literature are unable to analyze literary works from the points of linguistic view. This paper tries to bridge linguistics and literature. The attempt to bridge linguistics and literature is based on three postulates: (1 literature consists of linguistic objects designed with an artistic end, (2 linguistic objects are formal objects, and (3 a formal account of linguistic object designed with an artistic end approximates a formal account of that artistic design. Two major directions in the approaches and emphases will be presented in the paper exogenous and endogenous. Exogenous approach tries to search for adequate description of (1 poetic language as contrasted with ordinary language, (2 language of a particular author contrasted with that of other authors, and (3 a particular literary work contrasted with other works of the same author. This part touches upon three areas of exogenous approach isolation, description, and characterization. Endogenous, on the hand, is based upon an assumption that a writer exhibits, probably without realizing it, certain systematic preferences for particular aspects of linguistic patterns. Planning a bridge between linguistics and literature is by no means without problems. Therefore, this paper also presents some possible solutions.

  2. Corrosion of reinforcement bars in steel ibre reinforced concrete structures

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    Solgaard, Anders Ole Stubbe

    Steel fibres have been known as an alternative to traditional reinforcement bars for special applications of structural concrete for decades and the use of steel fibre reinforced concrete (SFRC) has gradually increased in recent years. Steel fibres lead to reduced crack widths in concrete formed......, among other reasons, due to shrinkage and/or mechanical loading. Steel fibres are nowadays also used in combination with traditional reinforcement for structural concrete, where the role of the fibres is to minimize the crack widths whereas the traditional reinforcement bars are used for structural....... The aim of the work presented in this Ph.D. thesis was to quantify the influence of steel fibres on corrosion of traditional reinforcement bars embedded in uncracked concrete as well as cracked concrete. Focus of the work was set on the impact of steel fibres on corrosion propagation in uncracked concrete...

  3. Linguistic Barriers and Bridges

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    Thuesen, Frederik

    2016-01-01

    The influence of language on social capital in low-skill and ethnically diverse workplaces has thus far received very limited attention within the sociology of work. As the ethnically diverse workplace is an important social space for the construction of social relations bridging different social...... and intercultural communication, this article analyses interviews with 31 employees from two highly ethnically diverse Danish workplaces. The article shows how linguistic barriers such as different levels of majority language competence and their consequent misunderstandings breed mistrust and hostility, whilst...

  4. Bridging The Inferential Gap

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    Stewart, Walter F.; Shah, Nirav R.; Selna, Mark J.; Paulus, Ronald A.; Walker, James M.

    2009-01-01

    Most clinical decisions involve bridging the inferential gap: Clinicians are required to “fill in” where they lack knowledge or where no knowledge yet exists. In this context we consider how the inferential gap is a product, in part, of how knowledge is created, the limits to gaining access to such knowledge, and the variable ways in which knowledge is translated into decisions. We consider how electronic health records (EHRs) will help narrow this gap by accelerating the creation of evidence relevant to everyday practice needs and facilitating real-time use of knowledge in practice. PMID:17259202

  5. Nanomorphology of graphene and CNT reinforced polymer and its effect on damage: Micromechanical numerical study

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    Pontefisso, Alessandro; Mishnaevsky, Leon

    2016-01-01

    of nanocomposites with inclusions of arbitrary and complex shapes. The effect of curved, zigzagged, snakelike shapes of real carbon nanotubes, as well as re-stacking of graphene on the damage evolution was studied in the computational experiments based on the developed code. The potential of hybrid (carbon...... nanotubes and graphene) nanoscale reinforcement was studied with view on its effect of damage resistance. It was demonstrated that idealized, cylinder like models of carbon nanotubes in polymers lead to an underestimation of the stress concentration and damage likelihood in the nanocomposites. The main...... damage mechanisms in CNT reinforced polymers are debonding and pull-out/fiber bridging, while in graphene reinforced polymers the main role is played by crack deviation and stack splitting, with following micro-crack merging. The potential of hybrid (carbon nanotubes and graphene) nanoscale reinforcement...

  6. Flows in polymers, reinforced polymers and composites a multi-scale approach

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    Binetruy, Christophe; Keunings, Roland

    2015-01-01

    This book gives a detailed and practical introduction to complex flows of polymers and reinforced polymers as well as the flow of simple fluids in complex microstructures. Over the last decades, an increasing number of functional and structural parts, made so far with metals, has been progressively reengineered by replacing metallic materials by polymers, reinforced polymers and composites. The motivation for this substitution may be the weight reduction, the simpler, cheaper or faster forming process, or the ability to exploit additional functionalities. The present Brief surveys modern developments related to the multi-scale modeling and simulation of polymers, reinforced polymers, that involve a flowing microstructure and continuous fiber-reinforced composites, wherein the fluid flows inside a nearly stationary multi-scale microstructure. These developments concern both multi-scale modeling, defining bridges between the micro and macro scales - with special emphasis on the mesoscopic scale at which kinetic...

  7. Thermal bridges of modern windows

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    Hansen, Ernst Jan de Place; Møller, Eva B.; Nielsen, Anker

    2013-01-01

    With its focus on reduced energy consumption, contemporary housing construction requires a highly insulated and airtight building envelope with as few thermal bridges as possible.Windows must be carefully designed, as thermal bridges can lead to surface condensation or mold growth, even if the wi......With its focus on reduced energy consumption, contemporary housing construction requires a highly insulated and airtight building envelope with as few thermal bridges as possible.Windows must be carefully designed, as thermal bridges can lead to surface condensation or mold growth, even...

  8. Modelling railway bridge asset management

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    Le, Bryant Linh Hai

    2014-01-01

    The UK has a long history in the railway industry with a large number of railway assets. Railway bridges form one of the major asset groups with more than 35,000 bridges. The majority of the bridge population are old being constructed over 100 years ago. Many of the bridges were not designed to meet the current network demand. With an expected increasing rate of deterioration due to the increasing traffic loads and intensities, the management authorities are faced with the difficult task of k...

  9. Instrumentation for durability monitoring of a long-span cable-stayed bridge

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    Hua, X. G.; Ni, Y. Q.; Zhou, H. F.; Ko, J. M.

    2005-05-01

    This paper outlines the design of an instrumentation system for durability monitoring of the world's longest cable-stayed bridge: the Sutong Bridge with a central span of 1088 m. As part of the Structural Health Monitoring And Safety Evaluation System (SHMASES) for the Sutong Bridge, the durability monitoring system is designed to monitor the corrosion in reinforced concrete structures. The sensors for durability monitoring include two categories. The first category refers to the sensors to monitor the causes leading to corrosion, such as temperature and relative humidity. The second category is electrode assemblies which are used to monitor the end results of corrosion. Data from the sensory system are then periodically collected using a portable or remotely computerized data acquisition system. The collected data from this system will provide useful information on maintenance and repair of concrete structures, and are envisaged to be incorporated into the reliability-based safety evaluation system developed for the Sutong Bridge

  10. Be Aware of Negative Reinforcement.

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    Cipani, Ennio C.

    1995-01-01

    This article examines the concept of negative reinforcement in relation to the maintenance of off-task and disruptive behaviors in classrooms. Suggestions are given for determining whether negative reinforcement (in the form of escape from the instructional task) or teacher attention is maintaining the behavior. Suggestions for making tasks less…

  11. Stochastic Reinforcement Benefits Skill Acquisition

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    Dayan, Eran; Averbeck, Bruno B.; Richmond, Barry J.; Cohen, Leonardo G.

    2014-01-01

    Learning complex skills is driven by reinforcement, which facilitates both online within-session gains and retention of the acquired skills. Yet, in ecologically relevant situations, skills are often acquired when mapping between actions and rewarding outcomes is unknown to the learning agent, resulting in reinforcement schedules of a stochastic…

  12. A systems process of reinforcement.

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    Sudakov, K V

    1997-01-01

    Functional systems theory was used to consider the process of reinforcement of the actions on the body of reinforcing factors, i.e., the results of behavior satisfying the body's original needs. The systems process of reinforcement includes reverse afferentation entering the CNS from receptors acted upon by various parameters of the desired results, and mechanisms for comparing reverse afferentation with the apparatus which accepts the results of the action and the corresponding emotional component. A tight interaction between reinforcement and the dominant motivation is generated on the basis of the hologram principle. Reinforcement forms an apparatus for predicting a desired result, i.e. a result-of-action acceptor. Reinforcement procedures significant changes in the activities of individual neurons in the various brain structures involved in dominant motivation, transforming their spike activity for a burst pattern to regular discharges; there are also molecular changes in neuron properties. After preliminary reinforcement, the corresponding motivation induces the ribosomal system of neurons to start synthesizing special effector molecules, which organize molecular engrams of the acceptor of the action's result. Sensory mechanisms of reinforcement are considered, with particular reference to the information role of emotions.

  13. Reinforcement Learning Through Gradient Descent

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    1999-05-14

    Reinforcement learning is often done using parameterized function approximators to store value functions. Algorithms are typically developed for...practice of existing types of algorithms, the gradient descent approach makes it possible to create entirely new classes of reinforcement learning algorithms

  14. Corrosion Inhibitors for Reinforced Concrete

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    ECT Team, Purdue

    2007-01-01

    Steel corrosion in reinforced concrete structures has been a major problem across the U.S. Steel-reinforced concrete structures are continually subject to attack by corrosion brought on by naturally occurring environmental conditions. FerroGard, a corrosion inhibitor, developed by Sika Corporation, penetrates hardened concrete to dramatically reduce corrosion by 65% and extend the structure's service life.

  15. Diagnosis And Prescription: Reinforcement Module.

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    Fair, George W.

    This learning module has been designed to aid the teacher trainee in identifying ways in which he influences student behavior in the classroom and also explores means of selecting more meaningful reinforcers and their application. Terminal objectives of the module are the ability to (1) define the terms "reinforcement,""positive…

  16. Conditioned Reinforcement and Response Strength

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    Shahan, Timothy A.

    2010-01-01

    Stimuli associated with primary reinforcers appear themselves to acquire the capacity to strengthen behavior. This paper reviews research on the strengthening effects of conditioned reinforcers within the context of contemporary quantitative choice theories and behavioral momentum theory. Based partially on the finding that variations in…

  17. 复合材料在桥梁建设中的应用%Applications of composite materials in bridge construction

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    唐莹; 郭添悦

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, the use of composite materials in bridge construction was described from the points of new bridge and bridge reinforcement.The potential application of composite materials in the future was also proposed on the field of bridge construction .%从新建桥梁和桥梁加固两个方面阐述了复合材料的在桥梁工程中的应用,并针对未来复合材料在桥梁中的应用做了展望。

  18. Negative effects of positive reinforcement.

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    Perone, Michael

    2003-01-01

    Procedures classified as positive reinforcement are generally regarded as more desirable than those classified as aversive-those that involve negative reinforcement or punishment. This is a crude test of the desirability of a procedure to change or maintain behavior. The problems can be identified on the basis of theory, experimental analysis, and consideration of practical cases. Theoretically, the distinction between positive and negative reinforcement has proven difficult (some would say the distinction is untenable). When the distinction is made purely in operational terms, experiments reveal that positive reinforcement has aversive functions. On a practical level, positive reinforcement can lead to deleterious effects, and it is implicated in a range of personal and societal problems. These issues challenge us to identify other criteria for judging behavioral procedures.

  19. Study on Repaired Earthquake-Damaged Bridge Piers under Seismic Load

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    Jun Deng

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The concrete bridge pier damaged during earthquakes need be repaired to meet the design standards. Steel tube as a traditional material or FRP as a novel material has become popular to repair the damaged reinforced concrete (RC bridge piers. In this paper, experimental and finite element (FE studies are employed to analyze the confinement effectiveness of the different repair materials. The FE method was used to calculate the hysteretic behavior of three predamaged circle RC bridge piers repaired with steel tube, basalt fiber reinforced polymer (BFRP, and carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP, respectively. Meanwhile, the repaired predamaged circle concrete bridge piers were tested by pseudo-static cyclic loading to study the seismic behavior and evaluate the confinement effectiveness of the different repair materials and techniques. The FE analysis and experimental results showed that the repaired piers had similar hysteretic curves with the original specimens and all the three repair techniques can restore the seismic performance of the earthquake-damaged piers. Steel tube jacketing can significantly improve the lateral stiffness and peak load of the damaged pier, while the BFRP and CFRP sheets cannot improve these properties due to their thin thickness.

  20. Embedded optical fiber Bragg grating sensors for the measurement of crack-bridging forces in composites

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    Studer, Michel; Peters, Kara J.; Botsis, John

    2002-07-01

    Fiber reinforced composites offer increased resistance to fracture as compared to isotropic materials. In addition, they have demonstrated great potential to support embedded sensor systems. However, to develop a truly reliable, embedded sensor for composites, the failure modes of such materials, including the influence of the embedded fiber sensor, must be known. Crack bridging by intact fibers is considered to be one of the most efficient mechanisms to slow down transverse crack propagation in a fiber reinforced composite. This paper presents non-invasive, direct measurements of bridging fiber stresses in a model epoxy/glass composite, using long gage length optical fiber Bragg gratings. Several central crack specimens, containing artificially bridged cracks, were fabricated and tested. The Bragg grating gage length of 12 mm permitted measurement of the force distribution in the reinforcing fiber extending from the crack surface to the far field region. A T-matrix simulation was used to model the grating response. Results from specimens involving both a strong and mixed interface are presented. The measured strain distribution in the bridging fibers compared well with previous analytical models. Discussion of the application of these results to structurally embedded sensors for damage detection is also presented.

  1. A Review of Assessment and Adaptation Strategy to Climate Change Impacts on the Coastal Areas in South China

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    DU Yao-Dong; CHENG Xu-Hua; WANG Xian-Wei; AI Hui; DUAN Hai-Lai; HE Jian; WU Xiao-Xuan

    2013-01-01

    This paper reviews assessment of climate change impacts on economy, society and ecological environment in the coastal areas of South China based on published literatures;it also proposes suitable adaptation strategies and counter-measures. Review shows that climate change has resulted in sea level rise in the coastal areas of South China, increasing the occurrence and intensity of storm surges, aggravating the influence of saltwater intrusion, coastal erosion, urban drainage and flood control, threatening the coastal facility and infrastructures, inundating lowland areas, offsetting mudflat silting, and degrading mangroves and coral reef ecosystem. Therefore, in order to reduce the adverse effects of climate change and to support the sustainable development in the coastal areas of South China, it is critical to improve the monitoring and early warning system, enhance prevention criteria, fortify coastal protection engineering, strengthen salt tide prevention, and reinforce the ecological restoration and protection.

  2. First application of second-generation steel-free deck slabs for bridge rehabilitation

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    Eden, Ruth; Klowak, Chad; Mufti, Aftab A.; Tadros, Gamil; Bakht, Baidar; Loewen, Eric

    2004-07-01

    The arching action in concrete deck slabs for girder bridges is utilized fully in steel-free deck slabs. These concrete slabs, requiring no tensile reinforcement, are confined longitudinally by making them composite with the girders, and transversely by external steel straps connecting the top flanges of external girders. Between 1995 and 1999, five steel-free deck slabs without any tensile reinforcement were cast on Canadian bridges. All these slabs developed fairly wide full-depth cracks roughly midway between the girders. While extensive fatigue testing done in the past three years has confirmed that the presence of even wide cracks does not pose any danger to the safety of the structures, wide cracks are generally not acceptable to bridge engineers. The developers of the steel-free deck slabs have now conceded that these slabs should be reinforced with a crack-control mesh of nominal glass fibre reinforced polymer (GFRP) bars. Steel-free deck slabs with crack-control meshes are being referred as the second generation slabs. With the help of testing on full-scale models, it has been found that deck slabs with GFRP bars have the best fatigue resistance and those with steel bars the worst.

  3. Carbon Nanotubes Reinforced Composites for Biomedical Applications

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    Wei Wang; Yuhe Zhu; Susan Liao; Jiajia Li

    2014-01-01

    This review paper reported carbon nanotubes reinforced composites for biomedical applications. Several studies have found enhancement in the mechanical properties of CNTs-based reinforced composites by the addition of CNTs. CNTs reinforced composites have been intensively investigated for many aspects of life, especially being made for biomedical applications. The review introduced fabrication of CNTs reinforced composites (CNTs reinforced metal matrix composites, CNTs reinforced polymer matr...

  4. Extreme storms, sea level rise, and coastal change: implications for infrastructure reliability in the Gulf of Mexico

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    Anarde, K.; Kameshwar, S.; Irza, N.; Lorenzo-Trueba, J.; Nittrouer, J. A.; Padgett, J.; Bedient, P. B.

    2016-12-01

    Predicting coastal infrastructure reliability during hurricane events is important for risk-based design and disaster planning, such as delineating viable emergency response routes. Previous research has focused on either infrastructure vulnerability to coastal flooding or the impact of changing sea level and landforms on surge dynamics. Here we investigate the combined impact of sea level, morphology, and coastal flooding on the reliability of highway bridges - the only access points between barrier islands and mainland communities - during future extreme storms. We forward model coastal flooding for static projections of geomorphic change using ADCIRC+SWAN. First-order parameters that are adjusted include sea level and elevation. These are varied for each storm simulation to evaluate relative impact on the reliability of bridges surrounding Freeport, TX. Simulated storms include both synthetic and historical events, which are classified by intensity using the storm's integrated kinetic energy, a metric for surge generation potential. Reliability is estimated through probability of failure - given wave and surge loads - and time inundated. Findings include that: 1) bridge reliability scales inversely with surge height, and 2) sea level rise reduces bridge reliability due to a monotonic increase in surge height. The impact of a shifting landscape on bridge reliability is more complex: barrier island rollback can increase or decrease inundation times for storms of different intensity due to changes in wind-setup and back-barrier bay interactions. Initial storm surge readily inundates the coastal landscape during large intensity storms, however the draining of inland bays following storm passage is significantly impeded by the barrier. From a coastal engineering standpoint, we determine that to protect critical infrastructure, efforts now implemented that nourish low-lying barriers may be enhanced by also armoring back-bay coastlines and elevating bridge approach

  5. Fatigue tests on aluminium bridges

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    Maljaars, J.; Soetens, F.; Straalen, IJ.J. van

    2004-01-01

    Traffic bridges are subjected to variable loads and should therefore be checked on fatigue. Especially low weight materials, like aluminium, are sensitive to fatigue, because the variable load is a substantial part of the total load. This paper shows the structural design of an aluminium bridge load

  6. Fatigue tests on aluminium bridges

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    Maljaars, J.; Soetens, F.; Straalen, IJ.J. van

    2005-01-01

    Traffic bridges are subjected to variable loads and should therefore be checked on fatigue. Especially low weight materials, like aluminium, are sensitive to fatigue, because the variable load is a substantial part of the total load. This paper shows the structural design of an aluminium bridge load

  7. London Bridge Is Shaking Funny

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    1995-01-01

    Bridges generally don’t fall down without warning;they crack first. Searching for cracks is a tedious business,though, and bridge inspectors bave been known to miss them. Charles Farrar,a civil engineer at Los Alamos Na-

  8. Shear Behavior of Concrete Beams Reinforced with GFRP Shear Reinforcement

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    Heecheul Kim; Min Sook Kim; Myung Joon Ko; Young Hak Lee

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents the shear capacities of concrete beams reinforced with glass fiber reinforced polymer (GFRP) plates as shear reinforcement. To examine the shear performance, we manufactured and tested a total of eight specimens. Test variables included the GFRP strip-width-to-spacing ratio and type of opening array. The specimen with a GFRP plate with a 3×2 opening array showed the highest shear strength. From the test results, the shear strength increased as the strip-width-to-strip-spac...

  9. Evaluation of streambed scour at bridges over tidal waterways in Alaska

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    Conaway, Jeffrey S.; Schauer, Paul V.

    2012-01-01

    The potential for streambed scour was evaluated at 41 bridges that cross tidal waterways in Alaska. These bridges are subject to several coastal and riverine processes that have the potential, individually or in combination, to induce streambed scour or to damage the structure or adjacent channel. The proximity of a bridge to the ocean and water-surface elevation and velocity data collected over a tidal cycle were criteria used to identify the flow regime at each bridge, whether tidal, riverine, or mixed, that had the greatest potential to induce streambed scour. Water-surface elevations measured through at least one tide cycle at 32 bridges were correlated to water levels at the nearest tide station. Asymmetry of the tidal portion of the hydrograph during the outgoing tide at 12 bridges indicated that riverine flows were stored upstream of the bridge during the tidal exchange. This scenario results in greater discharges and velocities during the outgoing tide compared to those on the incoming tide. Velocity data were collected during outgoing tides at 10 bridges that experienced complete flow reversals, and measured velocities during the outgoing tide exceeded the critical velocity required to initiate sediment transport at three sites. The primary risk for streambed scour at most of the sites considered in this study is from riverine flows rather than tidal fluctuations. A scour evaluation for riverine flow was completed at 35 bridges. Scour from riverine flow was not the primary risk for six tidally-controlled bridges and therefore not evaluated at those sites. Field data including channel cross sections, a discharge measurement, and a water-surface slope were collected at the 35 bridges. Channel instability was identified at 14 bridges where measurable scour and or fill were noted in repeated surveys of channel cross sections at the bridge. Water-surface profiles for the 1-percent annual exceedance probability discharge were calculated by using the Hydrologic

  10. Evaluation of streambed scour at bridges over tidal waterways in Alaska

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    Conaway, Jeffrey S.; Schauer, Paul V.

    2012-01-01

    The potential for streambed scour was evaluated at 41 bridges that cross tidal waterways in Alaska. These bridges are subject to several coastal and riverine processes that have the potential, individually or in combination, to induce streambed scour or to damage the structure or adjacent channel. The proximity of a bridge to the ocean and water-surface elevation and velocity data collected over a tidal cycle were criteria used to identify the flow regime at each bridge, whether tidal, riverine, or mixed, that had the greatest potential to induce streambed scour. Water-surface elevations measured through at least one tide cycle at 32 bridges were correlated to water levels at the nearest tide station. Asymmetry of the tidal portion of the hydrograph during the outgoing tide at 12 bridges indicated that riverine flows were stored upstream of the bridge during the tidal exchange. This scenario results in greater discharges and velocities during the outgoing tide compared to those on the incoming tide. Velocity data were collected during outgoing tides at 10 bridges that experienced complete flow reversals, and measured velocities during the outgoing tide exceeded the critical velocity required to initiate sediment transport at three sites. The primary risk for streambed scour at most of the sites considered in this study is from riverine flows rather than tidal fluctuations. A scour evaluation for riverine flow was completed at 35 bridges. Scour from riverine flow was not the primary risk for six tidally-controlled bridges and therefore not evaluated at those sites. Field data including channel cross sections, a discharge measurement, and a water-surface slope were collected at the 35 bridges. Channel instability was identified at 14 bridges where measurable scour and or fill were noted in repeated surveys of channel cross sections at the bridge. Water-surface profiles for the 1-percent annual exceedance probability discharge were calculated by using the Hydrologic

  11. Stay-in-Place Formwork of TRC Designed as Shear Reinforcement for Concrete Beams

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    S. Verbruggen

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available In order to reduce on-site building time, the construction industry shows an increasing interest in stay-in-place formwork with a reinforcement function after concrete hardening, such as CFRP formwork confinement for columns. The current combined systems however do not answer the demand of the building industry for a material system that is both lightweight and fire safe. High performance textile reinforced cement (TRC composites can address this need. They can be particularly interesting for the shear reinforcement of concrete beams. This paper describes a preliminary analysis and feasibility study on structural stay-in-place formwork made of TRC. Comparative bending experiments demonstrate that a fully steel reinforced beam and an equivalent beam with shear reinforcement in TRC formwork show similar yielding behaviour, indicating that the TRC shear reinforcement system actually works. Moreover, the cracking moment of the concrete was more or less doubled, resulting in a much lower deflection in serviceability limit state than calculated. Digital image correlation measurements show that the latter is due to the crack bridging capacity of the external TRC shear reinforcement.

  12. Development of cooperative system bridges

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    ZHANG Zhe; WAN Qi-bai; SHI Lei

    2008-01-01

    Cooperative system bridges comprise several basic structures that act jointly to improve structural characteristics. We delved into the historical development of cooperative system bridges. Cooperative systems are classified as different-load cooperative systems and same-load cooperative systems by distinguishing the modes of load distribution. For different-load cooperation, individual basic structures are at different positions in the direction along bridge axis and carry the loads separately. While for same-load cooperation, all basic structures overlap in geometrical locations and support the entire loads conjointly. The choosing of span ratios between basic structures, the design of connections of different-load cooperative systems were discussed as well as optimizations of relative rigidity for same-load cooperative systems which greatly influence structural characteristics. The general situation and several structural measurements of several cooperative bridges were demonstrated. This information can assist engineers in developing their concepts in cooperative systems and can lead to more efficient and economical cooperative bridges.

  13. Preference pulses induced by reinforcement.

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    Hachiga, Yosuke; Sakagami, Takayuki; Silberberg, Alan

    2014-11-01

    Eight rats responded on concurrent Variable-Ratio 20 Extinction schedules for food reinforcement. The assignment of variable-ratio reinforcement to a left or right lever varied randomly following each reinforcer, and was cued by illumination of a stimulus light above that lever. Postreinforcement preference levels decreased substantially and reliably over time when the lever that just delivered reinforcement was now in extinction; however, if that lever was once again associated with variable ratio, this decrease in same-lever preference tended to be small, and for some subjects, not in evidence. The changes in preference level to the extinction lever were well described by a modified version of Killeen, Hanson, and Osborne's (1978) induction model. Consistent with this model's attribution of preference change to induction, we attribute preference change in this report to a brief period of reinforcer-induced arousal that energizes responding to the lever that delivered the last reinforcer. After a few seconds, this induced responding diminishes, and the operant responding that remains comes under the control of the stimulus light cuing the lever providing variable-ratio reinforcement.

  14. Conditioned inhibition and reinforcement rate.

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    Harris, Justin A; Kwok, Dorothy W S; Andrew, Benjamin J

    2014-07-01

    We investigated conditioned inhibition in a magazine approach paradigm. Rats were trained on a feature negative discrimination between an auditory conditioned stimulus (CS) reinforced at one rate versus a compound of that CS and a visual stimulus (L) reinforced at a lower rate. This training established L as a conditioned inhibitor. We then tested the inhibitory strength of L by presenting it in compound with other auditory CSs. L reduced responding when tested with a CS that had been reinforced at a high rate, but had less or even no inhibitory effect when tested with a CS that had been reinforced at a low rate. The inhibitory strength of L was greater if it signaled a decrease in reinforcement from an already low rate than if it signaled an equivalent decrease in reinforcement from a high rate. We conclude that the strength of inhibition is not a linear function of the change in reinforcement that it signals. We discuss the implications of this finding for models of learning (e.g., Rescorla & Wagner, 1972) that identify inhibition with a difference (subtraction) rule.

  15. Linguistic Barriers and Bridges

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    Thuesen, Frederik

    2016-01-01

    and intercultural communication, this article analyses interviews with 31 employees from two highly ethnically diverse Danish workplaces. The article shows how linguistic barriers such as different levels of majority language competence and their consequent misunderstandings breed mistrust and hostility, whilst......The influence of language on social capital in low-skill and ethnically diverse workplaces has thus far received very limited attention within the sociology of work. As the ethnically diverse workplace is an important social space for the construction of social relations bridging different social...... groups, the sociology of work needs to develop a better understanding of the way in which linguistic diversity influences the formation of social capital, i.e. resources such as the trust and reciprocity inherent in social relations in such workplaces. Drawing on theories about intergroup contact...

  16. Electrothermally Tunable Bridge Resonator

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    Hajjaj, Amal Z.

    2016-12-05

    This paper demonstrates experimentally, theoretically, and numerically a wide-range tunability of an in-plane clamped-clamped microbeam, bridge, and resonator compressed by a force due to electrothermal actuation. We demonstrate that a single resonator can be operated at a wide range of frequencies. The microbeam is actuated electrothermally, by passing a DC current through it. We show that when increasing the electrothermal voltage, the compressive stress inside the microbeam increases, which leads eventually to its buckling. Before buckling, the fundamental frequency decreases until it drops to very low values, almost to zero. After buckling, the fundamental frequency increases, which is shown to be as high as twice the original resonance frequency. Analytical results based on the Galerkin discretization of the Euler Bernoulli beam theory are generated and compared to the experimental data and to simulation results of a multi-physics finite-element model. A good agreement is found among all the results.

  17. Some Aspects of Formation of Cracks in FRC with Main Reinforcement

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    Brincker, Rune; Simonsen, J.; Hansen, W.

    1997-01-01

    In this paper the response of fibre reinforced concrete (FRC) with main reinforcement in pure tension is considered. Test results are presented showing three distinct regimes: a regime og linear elasticity, a regime of yielding at approximately constant stress, and finally, a regime of strain......, and a more ductile contribution from the fiber bridging, a plastic regime will be present in the tensile response. The case of a parabolic crack opening relation defines a brittleness number that describes the transition from formation of unstable discrete cracks to smaller cracks controlled by the softening...

  18. Analysis of Static and Dynamic Behavior of T-shape Beam Reinforced by External Prestressing Tendon

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    Dinghai Li

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available External prestressing has become a primary method for strengthening existing concrete beam and has been increasingly used in the construction of newly erected ones, particularly railroad bridges in recent years. In order to evaluate the effect of this method, the static and dynamic behavior of a T-frame beam reinforced by external prestressed strengthened concrete beam was analyzed by 3D finite element method, and the field test study was also made. The study was carried out to further investigate the simply supported reinforced prestressed concrete beam strengthened by external prestressing through theory analysis and experiment.

  19. Cascaded resonant bridge converters

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    Stuart, Thomas A. (Inventor)

    1989-01-01

    A converter for converting a low voltage direct current power source to a higher voltage, high frequency alternating current output for use in an electrical system where it is desired to use low weight cables and other circuit elements. The converter has a first stage series resonant (Schwarz) converter which converts the direct current power source to an alternating current by means of switching elements that are operated by a variable frequency voltage regulator, a transformer to step up the voltage of the alternating current, and a rectifier bridge to convert the alternating current to a direct current first stage output. The converter further has a second stage series resonant (Schwarz) converter which is connected in series to the first stage converter to receive its direct current output and convert it to a second stage high frequency alternating current output by means of switching elements that are operated by a fixed frequency oscillator. The voltage of the second stage output is controlled at a relatively constant value by controlling the first stage output voltage, which is accomplished by controlling the frequency of the first stage variable frequency voltage controller in response to second stage voltage. Fault tolerance in the event of a load short circuit is provided by making the operation of the first stage variable frequency voltage controller responsive to first and second stage current limiting devices. The second stage output is connected to a rectifier bridge whose output is connected to the input of the second stage to provide good regulation of output voltage wave form at low system loads.

  20. Effect of abutment modeling on the seismic response of bridge structures

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    Ady Aviram; Kevin R.Mackie; Bozidar Stojadinovic

    2008-01-01

    Abutment behavior significantly influences the seismic response of certain bridge structures.Specifically in the case of short bridges with relatively stiff superstructures typical of highway overpasses,embankment mobilization and inelastic behavior of the soil material under high shear deformation levels dominate the response of the bridge and its column bents.This paper investigates the sensitivity of bridge seismic response with respect to three different abutment modeling approaches.The abutment modeling approaches are based on three increasing levels of complexity that attempt to capture the critical components and modes of abutment response without the need to generate continuum models of the embankment,approach,and abutment foundations.Six existing reinforced concrete bridge structures,typical of Ordinary Bridges in California,are selected for the analysis.Nonlinear models of the bridges are developed in OpenSees.Three abutment model types of increasing complexity are developed for each bridge,denoted as roller,simplified,and spring abutments.The roller model contains only single-point constraints.The spring model contains discrete representations of backfill,bearing pad,shear key,and back wall behavior.The simplified model is a compromise between the efficient roller model and the comprehensive spring model.Modal,pushover,and nonlinear dynamic time history analyses are conducted for the six bridges using the three abutment models for each bridge.Comparisons of the analysis results show major differences in mode shapes and periods,ultimate base shear strength,as well as peak displacements of the column top obtained due to dynamic excitation.The adequacy of the three abutment models used in the study to realistically represent all major resistance mechanisms and components of the abutments,including an accurate estimation of their mass,stiffness,and nonlinear hysteretic behavior,is evaluated.Recommendations for abutment modeling are made.

  1. Shear Behavior of Concrete Beams Reinforced with GFRP Shear Reinforcement

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    Heecheul Kim

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the shear capacities of concrete beams reinforced with glass fiber reinforced polymer (GFRP plates as shear reinforcement. To examine the shear performance, we manufactured and tested a total of eight specimens. Test variables included the GFRP strip-width-to-spacing ratio and type of opening array. The specimen with a GFRP plate with a 3×2 opening array showed the highest shear strength. From the test results, the shear strength increased as the strip-width-to-strip-spacing ratio increased. Also, we used the experimental results to evaluate whether the shear strength equations of ACI 318-14 and ACI 440.1R can be applied to the design of GFRP shear reinforcement. In the results, the ACI 440 equation underestimated the experimental results more than that of ACI 318.

  2. Machining of fiber reinforced composites

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    Komanduri, Ranga; Zhang, Bi; Vissa, Chandra M.

    Factors involved in machining of fiber-reinforced composites are reviewed. Consideration is given to properties of composites reinforced with boron filaments, glass fibers, aramid fibers, carbon fibers, and silicon carbide fibers and to polymer (organic) matrix composites, metal matrix composites, and ceramic matrix composites, as well as to the processes used in conventional machining of boron-titanium composites and of composites reinforced by each of these fibers. Particular attention is given to the methods of nonconventional machining, such as laser machining, water jet cutting, electrical discharge machining, and ultrasonic assisted machining. Also discussed are safety precautions which must be taken during machining of fiber-containing composites.

  3. Torsional instability in suspension bridges: The Tacoma Narrows Bridge case

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    Arioli, Gianni; Gazzola, Filippo

    2017-01-01

    All attempts of aeroelastic explanations for the torsional instability of suspension bridges have been somehow criticised and none of them is unanimously accepted by the scientific community. We suggest a new nonlinear model for a suspension bridge and we perform numerical experiments with the parameters corresponding to the collapsed Tacoma Narrows Bridge. We show that the thresholds of instability are in line with those observed the day of the collapse. Our analysis enables us to give a new explanation for the torsional instability, only based on the nonlinear behavior of the structure.

  4. COASTAL STUDY, SOLANO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA

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    Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security — Coastal study data as defined in FEMA Guidelines and Specifications, Appendix D: Guidance for Coastal Flooding Analyses and Mapping, submitted as a result of a...

  5. Coastal Processes with Engineering Applications

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    Dean, Robert G.; Dalrymple, Robert A.

    2004-03-01

    The world's coastlines, dividing land from sea, are geological environments that are unique in their composition and the physical processes affecting them. At the dynamically active intersection of land and the oceans, humans have been building structures throughout history. Initially used for naval and commercial purposes, more recently recreation and tourism have increased activity in the coastal zone dramatically. Shoreline development is now causing a significant conflict with natural coastal processes. This text on coastal engineering will help the reader understand these coastal processes and develop strategies to cope effectively with shoreline erosion. The book is organized in four parts: (1) an overview of coastal engineering, using case studies to illustrate problems; (2) hydrodynamics of the coastal zone, reviewing storm surges, water waves, and low frequency motions within the nearshore and surf zone; (3) coastal responses including equilibrium beach profiles and sediment transport; (4) applications such as erosion mitigation, beach nourishment, coastal armoring, tidal inlets, and shoreline management.

  6. COASTAL STUDY, LINCOLN COUNTY, USA

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    Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security — Coastal study data as defined in FEMA Guidelines and Specifications, Appendix D: Guidance for Coastal Flooding Analyses and Mapping, submitted as a result of a...

  7. Southern Alaska Coastal Relief Model

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — NOAA's National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) is building coastal-relief models (CRM) for select U.S. coastal regions. Bathymetric, topographic, and shoreline data...

  8. Development of the applicability of simplified Henry's method for skewed multicell box-girder bridges under traffic loading conditions

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    Iman MOHSENI; A.R.Khalim RASHID

    2012-01-01

    Concrete precast multicell box-girder (MCB) bridges combine aesthetics with torsional stiffness perfectly.Previous analytical studies indicate that currently available specifications are unable to consider the effect of the twisting moment (torsional moment) on bridge actions.In straight bridges the effect of torsion is negligible and the transverse reinforced design is governed by other requirements.However,in the case of skewed bridges the effect of the twisting moment should be considered.Therefore,an in-depth study was performed on 90 concrete MCB bridges with skew angles ranging from 0° to 60°.For each girder the bridge actions were determined under the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) live load conditions.The analytical results show that torsional stiffness and live load positions greatly affected the bridges' responses.In addition,based on a statistical analysis of the obtained results,several skew correction factors are proposed to improve the precision of the simplified Henry's method,which is widely used by bridge engineers to predict bridge actions.The relationship between the bending moment and secondary moments was also investigated and it was concluded that all secondary actions increase with an increase in skewness.

  9. Composite veneers, crowns, and inlay bridges after orthodontic therapy--a three-year prospective study.

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    Dostálová, Tat'jana; Racek, Jaroslav; Lozeková, Eva; Rerichová, Martina

    2003-01-01

    Composite veneers, crowns, and adhesive bridges also can be a part of interdisciplinary therapy, namely, cooperation between orthodontics and prosthodontics. This study sought to systematically analyze patients treated orthodontically and prosthodontically with permanent teeth from a long-term point of view (three years). Forty-nine composite veneers, crowns, and adhesive bridges were inserted on the anterior teeth of 20 patients as a part of reshaping and reorientation of teeth after orthodontic therapy. The results indicated that composite resin restoration, including fiber-reinforcement restoration, is the treatment of choice in anterior dentition.

  10. Reinforced Intrusion Detection Using Pursuit Reinforcement Competitive Learning

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    Indah Yulia Prafitaning Tiyas

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Today, information technology is growing rapidly,all information can be obtainedmuch easier. It raises some new problems; one of them is unauthorized access to the system. We need a reliable network security system that is resistant to a variety of attacks against the system. Therefore, Intrusion Detection System (IDS required to overcome the problems of intrusions. Many researches have been done on intrusion detection using classification methods. Classification methodshave high precision, but it takes efforts to determine an appropriate classification model to the classification problem. In this paper, we propose a new reinforced approach to detect intrusion with On-line Clustering using Reinforcement Learning. Reinforcement Learning is a new paradigm in machine learning which involves interaction with the environment.It works with reward and punishment mechanism to achieve solution. We apply the Reinforcement Learning to the intrusion detection problem with considering competitive learning using Pursuit Reinforcement Competitive Learning (PRCL. Based on the experimental result, PRCL can detect intrusions in real time with high accuracy (99.816% for DoS, 95.015% for Probe, 94.731% for R2L and 99.373% for U2R and high speed (44 ms.The proposed approach can help network administrators to detect intrusion, so the computer network security systembecome reliable. Keywords: Intrusion Detection System, On-Line Clustering, Reinforcement Learning, Unsupervised Learning.

  11. Scour around coastal structures

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    Sumer, B. Mutlu; Whiteouse, J. S.; Tørum, A.

    2001-01-01

    This paper summarizes the results of the European Union Marine Science and Technology (EU MAST) III project "Scour Around Coastal Structures" (SCARCOST). The summary is presented under three headings: (1) Introduction; (2) Flow and scour processes with the subheadings: flow and scour processes...... pressures and effective stresses around a bottom seated cylinder; non-linear soil modelling with respect to wave-induced pore pressures and gradients; wave-induced pressures on the bottom for non-linear coastal waves, including also wave kinematics; development of a numerical model (linear soil modelling...

  12. Geomorphometry in coastal morphodynamics

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    Guisado-Pintado, Emilia; Jackson, Derek

    2017-04-01

    Geomorphometry is a cross-cutting discipline that has interwoven itself into multiple research themes due to its ability to encompass topographic quantification on many fronts. Its operational focus is largely defined as the extraction of land-surface parameters and earth surface characterisation. In particular, the coastal sciences have been enriched by the use of digital terrain production techniques both on land and in the nearshore/marine area. Numerous examples exist in which the utilisation of field instrumentation (e.g. LIDAR, GPS, Terrestrial Laser Scanning, multi-beam echo-sounders) are used for surface sampling and development of Digital Terrain Models, monitoring topographic change and creation of nearshore bathymetry, and have become central elements in modern investigations of coastal morphodynamics. The coastal zone is a highly dynamic system that embraces variable and at times, inter-related environments (sand dunes, sandy beaches, shoreline and nearshore) all of which require accurate and integrated monitoring. Although coastal studies can be widely diverse (with interconnected links to other related disciplines such as geology or biology), the characterisation of the landforms (coastal geomorphology) and associated processes (morphodynamics, hydrodynamics, aeolian processes) is perhaps where geomorphometry (topo-bathymetry quantification) is best highlighted. In this respect, many tools have been developed (or improved upon) for the acquisition of topographic data that now commands a high degree of accuracy, simplicity, and ultimately acquisition cost reduction. We present a series of field data acquisitions examples that have produced land surface characterisation using a range of techniques including traditional GPS surveys to more recent Terrestrial Laser Scanning and airborne LIDAR. These have been conducted within beach and dune environments and have helped describe erosion and depositional processes driven by wind and wave energy (high

  13. Portable reinforcing timbering

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    Trukhin, P.M.; Kan, Ye.V.; Novikov, V.Ya.; Popov, K.P.; Rusyaykin, I.P.; Sardov, A.I.

    1984-01-01

    The purpose of the invention is to improve reliability and safety of the timbering. This goal is achieved because in the portable reinforcing timbering which contains a cross beam connected on the edges to the support elements interacting with the permanent timbering frames, hydrostands with supports, assemblies for connecting the hydrostands to the cross beam, the support elements are turned towards each other and are attached at the bottom by stands that rotate on the cross beam, while the connecting assemblies are made in the form of easily detachable clamps. The connecting assemblies of the hydrostands with cross beams are made in the form of a cantilever and walls interacting with the base of the cross beam through the vertical ribs with slits in the shape of the base of the cross beam and with the hydrostand by horizontal ribs, and among themselves by vertical ribs of the cantilever and vertical slits in the wall. In addition, the rapidly detachable connection of the cantilever to the wall is made in the form of a lever with short supports interacting with the vertical slits and the round openings in their upper section on the cantilever ribs, and the diameter of the lever axis and the round openings of the slits is greater than the diameter of the lever supports and the vertical slits of the cantilever, while the inner distance between the supports equals the outer distance between the vertical ribs of the cantilever.

  14. Coastal High-resolution Observations and Remote Sensing of Ecosystems (C-HORSE)

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    Guild, Liane

    2016-01-01

    Coastal benthic marine ecosystems, such as coral reefs, seagrass beds, and kelp forests are highly productive as well as ecologically and commercially important resources. These systems are vulnerable to degraded water quality due to coastal development, terrestrial run-off, and harmful algal blooms. Measurements of these features are important for understanding linkages with land-based sources of pollution and impacts to coastal ecosystems. Challenges for accurate remote sensing of coastal benthic (shallow water) ecosystems and water quality are complicated by atmospheric scattering/absorption (approximately 80+% of the signal), sun glint from the sea surface, and water column scattering (e.g., turbidity). Further, sensor challenges related to signal to noise (SNR) over optically dark targets as well as insufficient radiometric calibration thwart the value of coastal remotely-sensed data. Atmospheric correction of satellite and airborne remotely-sensed radiance data is crucial for deriving accurate water-leaving radiance in coastal waters. C-HORSE seeks to optimize coastal remote sensing measurements by using a novel airborne instrument suite that will bridge calibration, validation, and research capabilities of bio-optical measurements from the sea to the high altitude remote sensing platform. The primary goal of C-HORSE is to facilitate enhanced optical observations of coastal ecosystems using state of the art portable microradiometers with 19 targeted spectral channels and flight planning to optimize measurements further supporting current and future remote sensing missions.

  15. Evolutionary computation for reinforcement learning

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    S. Whiteson

    2012-01-01

    Algorithms for evolutionary computation, which simulate the process of natural selection to solve optimization problems, are an effective tool for discovering high-performing reinforcement-learning policies. Because they can automatically find good representations, handle continuous action spaces, a

  16. National Bridge Inventory - National Geospatial Data Asset (NGDA) Bridges

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    Department of Transportation — The NBI (NTAD 2015) is a collection of information (database) describing the more than 610,000 of the Nation's bridges located on public roads, including Interstate...

  17. Bridge Creek IMW database - Bridge Creek Restoration and Monitoring Project

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — The incised and degraded habitat of Bridge Creek is thought to be limiting a population of ESA-listed steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss). A logical restoration approach...

  18. THE EFFECT OF REINFORCEMENT ON THE GBFS AND LIME TREATED MARINE CLAY FOR FOUNDATION SOIL BEDS

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    D. Koteswara Rao,

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available India being peninsular country has large area coming under coastal region and also it has been the habitat for considerable percentage of population. The marine clays are generally found in the coastal region of West Bengal, Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra and some parts of Gujarat. Marine or soft clays exists in these region are weak and deformative in nature. The present study deals with the strength characteristics of the marine clay collected from Kakinada Sea Port Ltd, Kakinada, A.P, India. The effect of lime on the strength characteristics of marine clay are studied in this investigation along with the reinforcement effect using geotextile as reinforcement and separator for the foundation soil bed.

  19. Reliability Assessment of Concrete Bridges

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    Thoft-Christensen, Palle; Middleton, C. R.

    This paper is partly based on research performed for the Highways Agency, London, UK under the project DPU/9/44 "Revision of Bridge Assessment Rules Based on Whole Life Performance: concrete bridges". It contains the details of a methodology which can be used to generate Whole Life (WL) reliability...... profiles. These WL reliability profiles may be used to establish revised rules for concrete bridges. This paper is to some extend based on Thoft-Christensen et. al. [1996], Thoft-Christensen [1996] et. al. and Thoft-Christensen [1996]....

  20. General design of Sutong Bridge

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    Zhang Xigang; Yuan Hong; Pei Minshan; Dai Jie; Xu Lin

    2009-01-01

    The main span of Sutong Bridge is a double-pylon, double-plane cable-stayed bridge with steel box girder, which has the world's longest central span of 1 088 m within cable-stayed bridges. To overcome problems caused by severe meteorological conditions, perplexing hydrological conditions, deep buried bedrock and higher navigation level, many new technics and methods were created. Keys including structural system, steel box girder, stayed cable, tower, pier, tower foundation, collision avoidance system, wind-resistance, seismic-resistance, structural nonlinear response and structural static stability were presented individually in this paper.

  1. Optimization of reinforced concrete slabs

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    Ferritto, J. M.

    1979-01-01

    Reinforced concrete cells composed of concrete slabs and used to limit the effects of accidental explosions during hazardous explosives operations are analyzed. An automated design procedure which considers the dynamic nonlinear behavior of the reinforced concrete of arbitrary geometrical and structural configuration subjected to dynamic pressure loading is discussed. The optimum design of the slab is examined using an interior penalty function. The optimization procedure is presented and the results are discussed and compared with finite element analysis.

  2. Deep Reinforcement Learning: An Overview

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    Li, Yuxi

    2017-01-01

    We give an overview of recent exciting achievements of deep reinforcement learning (RL). We start with background of deep learning and reinforcement learning, as well as introduction of testbeds. Next we discuss Deep Q-Network (DQN) and its extensions, asynchronous methods, policy optimization, reward, and planning. After that, we talk about attention and memory, unsupervised learning, and learning to learn. Then we discuss various applications of RL, including games, in particular, AlphaGo, ...

  3. Optimization of reinforced concrete slabs

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    Ferritto, J. M.

    1979-01-01

    Reinforced concrete cells composed of concrete slabs and used to limit the effects of accidental explosions during hazardous explosives operations are analyzed. An automated design procedure which considers the dynamic nonlinear behavior of the reinforced concrete of arbitrary geometrical and structural configuration subjected to dynamic pressure loading is discussed. The optimum design of the slab is examined using an interior penalty function. The optimization procedure is presented and the results are discussed and compared with finite element analysis.

  4. Reinforcement of concrete structures by fiberglass rods

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    Avdeeva Arina

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In this article we introduced conducted experiments to determine the basic characteristics of composite reinforcement fiberglass reinforcement on the example of the same diameter, but with a different number of rovings. We have established strength along the reinforcing fiber and the corresponding class of the steel reinforcement.

  5. Analysis, prediction, and case studies of early-age cracking in bridge decks

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    ElSafty, Adel; Graeff, Matthew K.; El-Gharib, Georges; Abdel-Mohti, Ahmed; Mike Jackson, N.

    2016-06-01

    Early-age cracking can adversely affect strength, serviceability, and durability of concrete bridge decks. Early age is defined as the period after final setting, during which concrete properties change rapidly. Many factors can cause early-age bridge deck cracking including temperature change, hydration, plastic shrinkage, autogenous shrinkage, and drying shrinkage. The cracking may also increase the effect of freeze and thaw cycles and may lead to corrosion of reinforcement. This research paper presents an analysis of causes and factors affecting early-age cracking. It also provides a tool developed to predict the likelihood and initiation of early-age cracking of concrete bridge decks. Understanding the concrete properties is essential so that the developed tool can accurately model the mechanisms contributing to the cracking of concrete bridge decks. The user interface of the implemented computer Excel program enables the user to input the properties of the concrete being monitored. The research study and the developed spreadsheet were used to comprehensively investigate the issue of concrete deck cracking. The spreadsheet is designed to be a user-friendly calculation tool for concrete mixture proportioning, temperature prediction, thermal analysis, and tensile cracking prediction. The study also provides review and makes recommendations on the deck cracking based mainly on the Florida Department of Transportation specifications and Structures Design Guidelines, and Bridge Design Manuals of other states. The results were also compared with that of other commercially available software programs that predict early-age cracking in concrete slabs, concrete pavement, and reinforced concrete bridge decks. The outcome of this study can identify a set of recommendations to limit the deck cracking problem and maintain a longer service life of bridges.

  6. Stochastic finite element analysis of long-span bridges with CFRP cables under earthquake ground motion

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    Özlem Çavdar; Alemdar Bayraktar; Süleyman Adanur; Hasan Basri Başaǧa

    2010-06-01

    Stochastic seismic analysis of long-span bridges with Carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) cables are presented in this study through combination of the advantages of the perturbation based stochastic finite element method (SFEM) and Monte Carlo simulation (MCS) method. Jindo cable-stayed and Fatih Sultan Mehmet (Second Bosporus) suspension bridges are chosen as an example. Carbon fibre reinforced polymer cable (CFRP) and steel cables are used separately, in which the cable’s cross sectional area is determined by the principle equivalent axial stiffness. Geometric nonlinear effects are considered in the analysis. Uncertainties in the material are taken into account and Kocaeli earthquake in 1999 is chosen as a ground motion. The efficiency and accuracy of the proposed algorithm are validated by comparing with results of MCS method. It can be stated that using of CFRP cables in long-span bridges subjected to earthquake forces is feasible.

  7. Environmental Impacts - Coastal Ecosystems

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    Bakker, J.P.; Baas, Andreas C.W.; Bartholdy, Jesper; Jones, Laurence; Ruessink, B.G.; Temmerman, Stijn; van de Pol, Martijn

    2016-01-01

    This chapter examines the impacts of climate change on the natural coastal ecosystems in the North Sea region. These comprise sandy shores and dunes and salt marshes in estuaries and along the coast. The chapter starts by describing the characteristic geomorphological features of these systems and t

  8. Recife: Coastal protection plan

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    Kibrit, B.; Imambaks, R.; Anijs, M.; Tarigheh, A.S.; Mungar, S.

    2011-01-01

    Over the past decades the north-eastern coast of Brazil has been degrading due to erosion. This degradation has both natural- and men-made causes. Brazil has no specific laws and acts which relate to coastal protection and management up to this date. Beaches in the metropolitan area of Recife show v

  9. Neotropical coastal wetlands

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    McKee, Karen L.; Batzer, Darold P.; Baldwin, Andrew H.

    2012-01-01

    The Neotropical region, which includes the tropical Americas, is one of the world's eight biogeographic zones. It contains some of the most diverse and unique wetlands in the world, some of which are still relatively undisturbed by humans. This chapter focuses on the northern segment of the Neotropics (south Florida, the Caribbean islands, Mexico, and Central America), an area that spans a latitudinal gradient from about 7 N to 29 N and 60 W to 112 W. Examples of coastal wetlands in this realm include the Everglades (Florida, USA), Ten Thousand Islands (Florida, USA), Laguna de Terminos (Mexico), Twin Cays (Belize), and Zapata Swamp (Cuba). Coastal wetlands are dominated by mangroves, which will be emphasized here, but also include freshwater swamps and marshes, saline marshes, and seagrass beds. The aim of this chapter is to provide a broad overview of Neotropical coastal wetlands of the North American continent, with an emphasis on mangroves, since this is the dominant vegetation type and because in-depth coverage of all wetland types is impossible here. Instead, the goal is to describe the environmental settings, plant and animal communities, key ecological controls, and some conservation concerns, with specific examples. Because this book deals with wetlands of North America, this chapter excludes coastal wetlands of South America. However, much of the information is applicable to mangrove, marsh, and seagrass communities of other tropicaI regions.

  10. DMI's Baltic Sea Coastal operational forecasting system

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    Murawski, Jens; Berg, Per; Weismann Poulsen, Jacob

    2017-04-01

    Operational forecasting is challenged with bridging the gap between the large scales of the driving weather systems and the local, human scales of the model applications. The limit of what can be represented by local model has been continuously shifted to higher and higher spatial resolution, with the aim to better resolve the local dynamic and to make it possible to describe processes that could only be parameterised in older versions, with the ultimate goal to improve the quality of the forecast. Current hardware trends demand a str onger focus on the development of efficient, highly parallelised software and require a refactoring of the code with a solid focus on portable performance. The gained performance can be used for running high resolution model with a larger coverage. Together with the development of efficient two-way nesting routines, this has made it possible to approach the near-coastal zone with model applications that can run in a time effective way. Denmarks Meteorological Institute uses the HBM(1) ocean circulation model for applications that covers the entire Baltic Sea and North Sea with an integrated model set-up that spans the range of horizontal resolution from 1nm for the entire Baltic Sea to approx. 200m resolution in local fjords (Limfjord). For the next model generation, the high resolution set-ups are going to be extended and new high resolution domains in coastal zones are either implemented or tested for operational use. For the first time it will be possible to cover large stretches of the Baltic coastal zone with sufficiently high resolution to model the local hydrodynamic adequately. (1) HBM stands for HIROMB-BOOS-Model, whereas HIROMB stands for "High Resolution Model for the Baltic Sea" and BOOS stands for "Baltic Operational Oceanography System".

  11. Carbon Nanotubes Reinforced Composites for Biomedical Applications

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    Wei Wang

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This review paper reported carbon nanotubes reinforced composites for biomedical applications. Several studies have found enhancement in the mechanical properties of CNTs-based reinforced composites by the addition of CNTs. CNTs reinforced composites have been intensively investigated for many aspects of life, especially being made for biomedical applications. The review introduced fabrication of CNTs reinforced composites (CNTs reinforced metal matrix composites, CNTs reinforced polymer matrix composites, and CNTs reinforced ceramic matrix composites, their mechanical properties, cell experiments in vitro, and biocompatibility tests in vivo.

  12. Carbon nanotubes reinforced composites for biomedical applications.

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    Wang, Wei; Zhu, Yuhe; Liao, Susan; Li, Jiajia

    2014-01-01

    This review paper reported carbon nanotubes reinforced composites for biomedical applications. Several studies have found enhancement in the mechanical properties of CNTs-based reinforced composites by the addition of CNTs. CNTs reinforced composites have been intensively investigated for many aspects of life, especially being made for biomedical applications. The review introduced fabrication of CNTs reinforced composites (CNTs reinforced metal matrix composites, CNTs reinforced polymer matrix composites, and CNTs reinforced ceramic matrix composites), their mechanical properties, cell experiments in vitro, and biocompatibility tests in vivo.

  13. Methods for producing reinforced carbon nanotubes

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    Ren, Zhifen; Wen, Jian Guo; Lao, Jing Y.; Li, Wenzhi

    2008-10-28

    Methods for producing reinforced carbon nanotubes having a plurality of microparticulate carbide or oxide materials formed substantially on the surface of such reinforced carbon nanotubes composite materials are disclosed. In particular, the present invention provides reinforced carbon nanotubes (CNTs) having a plurality of boron carbide nanolumps formed substantially on a surface of the reinforced CNTs that provide a reinforcing effect on CNTs, enabling their use as effective reinforcing fillers for matrix materials to give high-strength composites. The present invention also provides methods for producing such carbide reinforced CNTs.

  14. Role of Instructions and Reinforcement in Behavior Changes in Token Reinforcement Programs

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    Kazdin, Alan E.

    1973-01-01

    Major findings were that: contingent reinforcement was effective in altering behavior; instructions did not augment the efficacy of contingent reinforcement; noncontingent reinforcement was effective for nondeviant students who were told that the reinforcement was actually contingent; and contingent reinforcement led to greater generalization than…

  15. Acoustic Emission Monitoring of Multicell Reinforced Concrete Box Girders Subjected to Torsion

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    Marya Bagherifaez; Arash Behnia; Abeer Aqeel Majeed; Chai Hwa Kian

    2014-01-01

    Reinforced concrete (RC) box girders are a common structural member for road bridges in modern construction. The hollow cross-section of a box girder is ideal in carrying eccentric loads or torques introduced by skew supports. This study employed acoustic emission (AE) monitoring on multicell RC box girder specimens subjected to laboratory-based torsion loading. Three multicell box girder specimens with different cross-sections were tested. The aim is to acquire AE analysis data indicative fo...

  16. Cyclic Load Responses of GFRP-Strengthened Hollow Rectangular Bridge Piers

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    Junfeng Jia

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This study investigated the seismic behavior of glass fiber reinforced polymer (GFRP strengthened hollow rectangular bridge piers. Cyclic testing of reinforced concrete (RC piers retrofitted with GFRP was carried out under constant axial loading and lateral bending. The failure characteristics, flexural ductility, dissipated energy, and hysteretic behaviors, were analyzed based on experimental results. A simplified GFRP-confined concrete model is developed by considering effective strength coefficient and area distribution ratio of GFRP sheets. The results indicate that the failure modes and damage region would be changed and the ductility and dissipated energy of the GFRP-strengthened hollow rectangular bridge piers were improved greatly but not much improvement for the lateral load capacity. The analytical results of the force-displacement hysteretic loops based on the GFRP-confined concrete model developed in this paper agreed well with the experimental data.

  17. Field tests of Fibre Bragg Grating sensors incorporated into CFRP for Railway Bridge strengthening condition monitoring

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    Täljsten, Björn; Kerrouche, Abdelfathe; Leighton, J

    2008-01-01

    This paper reports results obtained from an unusual situation in structural monitoring – a ‘test-to-destruction’, measuring strain using a series of fibre Bragg gratings (FBG) sensors on a decommissioned concrete Railway Bridge in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden. The study formed part of the FP6 EU funded...... the study, the FBG sensors were continuously monitored, allowing the incremental increases in the strain to be seen and through the yield point of the carbon composite reinforcement. The sensors were able to follow the resulting induced changes in strain of over a range in excess of 4000µε. The measurements...... reinforcements used in remedial repair and for monitoring better the performance of existing bridge structures....

  18. In-service performance and behavior characterization of the hybrid composite bridge system - a case study

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    Civitillo, John M; Gheitasi, Amir; Saliba, Mark; Kassner, Bernard L

    2014-01-01

    The Hybrid Composite Beam (HCB) system is an innovative structural technology that has been recently used in bridge construction within the U.S. transportation network. In this system, the superstructure consists of a conventional reinforced concrete deck supported by Hybrid Composite Beams. Each beam is comprised of a glassfiber reinforced polymer (FRP) box shell containing a tied parabolic concrete arch. Inclined stirrups provide shear integrity and enforce composite action between the HCBs and the concrete deck. This paper focuses on evaluating the in-service performance of a newly constructed HCB bridge superstructure located on Route 205 in Colonial Beach, Virginia. A live load test was conducted using tandem axle dump trucks under both quasi-static and dynamic conditions. Results obtained from the experimental investigation were used to determine three key behavior characteristics. Dynamic amplification and lateral load distribution were found to be reasonable in comparison to the assumed design values....

  19. Experimental Study on Voided Reinforced Concrete Beams with Polythene Balls

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    Sivaneshan, P.; Harishankar, S.

    2017-07-01

    The primary component in any structure is concrete, that exist in buildings and bridges. In present situation, a serious problems faced by construction industry is exhaustive use of raw materials. Recent times, various methods are being adopted to limit the use of concrete. In structural elements like beams, polythene balls can be induced to reduce the usage of concrete. A simply supported reinforced concrete beam has two zones, one above neutral axis and other below neutral axis. The region below neutral axis is in tension and above neutral axis is in compression. As concrete is weak in tension, steel reinforcements are provided in tension zone. The concrete below the neutral axis acts as a stress transfer medium between the compression zone and tension zone. The concrete above the neutral axis takes minimum stress so that we could partially replace the concrete above neutral axis by creating air voids using recycled polythene balls. Polythene balls of varying diameters of 75 mm, 65 mm and 35 mm were partially replaced in compression zone. Hence the usage of concrete in beams and self-weight of the beams got reduced considerably. The Load carrying capacity, Deflection of beams and crack patterns were studied and compared with conventional reinforced concrete beams.

  20. The Higgs Bridge

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    Allen, Roland E

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    The particle recently discovered at the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva is almost certainly a Higgs boson, the long-sought completion of the Standard Model of particle physics. But this discovery, an achievement by more than six thousand scientists (including students), is actually much more than a mere capstone of the Standard Model. It instead represents a bridge from the Standard Model to exciting discoveries of the future, at higher energies or in other experiments, and to the properties of matter at very low temperatures. The mere existence of a particle with zero spin implies a need for new physics, with the most likely candidate being supersymmetry, which requires that every known particle has a superpartner yet to be discovered. And phenomena similar to the Higgs are seen in superconducting metals and superfluid gases at low temperatures, which extend down to a millionth or even a billionth of a degree Kelvin. So the discovery of a Higgs boson has a central place in our attempts both to achieve a tr...

  1. Mineral bridges in nacre revisited

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    Checa, Antonio G; Willinger, Marc-Georg

    2012-01-01

    We confirm with high-resolution techniques the existence of mineral bridges between superposed nacre tablets. In the towered nacre of both gastropods and the cephalopod Nautilus there are large bridges aligned along the tower axes, corresponding to gaps (150-200 nm) in the interlamellar membranes. Gaps are produced by the interaction of the nascent tablets with a surface membrane that covers the nacre compartment. In the terraced nacre of bivalves bridges associated with elongated gaps in the interlamellar membrane (> 100 nm) have mainly been found at or close to the edges of superposed parental tablets. To explain this placement, we hypothesize that the interlamellar membrane breaks due to differences in osmotic pressure across it when the interlamellar space below becomes reduced at an advanced stage of calcification. In no cases are the minor connections between superimposed tablets (< 60 nm), earlier reported to be mineral bridges, found to be such.

  2. Reinforcement Learning Algorithms in Humanoid Robotics

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    Katic, Dusko; Vukobratovic, Miomir

    2007-01-01

    This study considers a optimal solutions for application of reinforcement learning in humanoid robotics Humanoid Robotics is a very challenging domain for reinforcement learning, Reinforcement learning control algorithms represents general framework to take traditional robotics towards true autonomy and versatility. The reinforcement learning paradigm described above has been successfully implemented for some special type of humanoid robots in the last 10 years. Reinforcement learning is well...

  3. Superimposition of response-independent reinforcement

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    Burgess, I. S.; Wearden, J H

    1986-01-01

    Studies that have superimposed response-independent reinforcement (or reinforcers scheduled by contingencies placed on the absence of responding) upon conventional response-dependent schedules are reviewed. In general, providing alternative sources of reinforcement reduced response rates below the levels observed when alternative reinforcement was absent. However, response-rate elevation was sometimes found, particularly when rates of superimposed response-independent reinforcement were low. ...

  4. The stories of two bridges in Ghana

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    Andreasen, Jørgen

    2004-01-01

    Public participation in bridge building was promoted by un habitat in the village of Mankrong. The neighbouring village did not participate in the construction of their bridge. The first flooding washed the second bridge down while the "participative bridge" stood up....

  5. INVESTIGATION OF VEHICLE IMPACT FORCE ON BRIDGE WITH ROUGH RIDING SURFACE

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    O. L. Verbitskaya

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Nowadays heavy vehicles constitute a considerable volume in the transportation flow on the territory of the Republic of Belarus and bridge inequalities significantly increase a load on their bearing elements and cause a vibration in bridge superstructures. This leads to rapid wear and reduction in time between bridge repairs. The given problem has been insufficiently studied and it is considered as an actual one. Revision of analytical models is required in order to make prediction and evaluation of bridge structure wear. These models must take into account a dynamic impact of heavy vehicles caused by their movement on bridge rough riding surface.The purpose of scientific investigations is to develop a dynamic interactional model of a vehicle and a bridge plate. The paper proposes such dynamic model that permits to investigate impact forces of a heavy vehicle on bridge superstructures which have been initiated by bridge traffic-way inequalities. Weight of an vehicle and plate, rigidity and viscous damping of vehicle suspensions, a plate and piers have been taken into account while making the required calculations.An analysis of free oscillatory motions of the plate and vehicle have been carried out with due account of viscous damping. A dynamic interactional calculation for a vehicle and a plate has been made in the paper. Character of plate oscillatory motions has been determined at various parameters of the dynamic model. In this case non-linearity of reinforced concrete plate deformation has been taken into account and its calculation has been executed in accordance with the norms of the Republic of Belarus. The calculations have made it possible to obtain dynamic interaction coefficients of front axle wheels and bridge plate at various bench heights and also investigate its influence on maximum bending moments in plate sections.

  6. SURGERY OF SYMPTOMATIC MYOCARDIAL BRIDGING

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    N. Maghamipour N. Safaei

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available Myocardial bridging with systolic compression of the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD may be associated with myocardial ischemia. In symptomatic myocardial bridging unresponsive to medical treatment, surgical unroofing of the left LAD can be performed. Little information is available about the long-term prognosis of patients with this coronary anomaly after the surgical unroofing, so we decided to evaluate the result of this operation. A total of 26 patients underwent surgical unroofing of myocardial bridging. Patients had a myocardial bridge of at least 3 cm in length in the middle of LAD and with more than 70% compression during systole. Unroofing was performed with cardiopulmonary bypass in 16 and with off pump technique in 10 patients. In 6 patients repeat angiographies for control of myotomy were done. In one of them a nonsignificant 20% narrowing was seen. Postoperative scintigraphic and angiographic studies demonstrated restoration of coronary flow and myocardial perfusion without residual myocardial bridges under beta-stimulation in 24 patients. Two patients had residual narrowing. With off pump technique, 1 patient had perforation of the right ventricle and 1 patient underwent reoperation because of incomplete unroofing during the first operation. None of the patients with cardiopulmonary bypass technique had residual chest pain or other complications. Surgical unroofing of myocardial bridging with the aid of cardiopulmonary bypass is a safe and easy procedure with low operative risk and with excellent functional results.

  7. Fiber optic Bragg grating sensor network installed in a concrete road bridge

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    Maaskant, Robert; Alavie, A. Tino; Measures, Raymond M.; Ohn, Myo M.; Karr, Shawn E.; Glennie, Derek J.; Wade, C.; Tadros, Gamil; Rizkalla, Sami

    1994-05-01

    The installation of a fiber optic Bragg grating strain sensor network in a new road bridge is described. These sensors are attached to prestressing tendons embedded in prefabricated concrete girders. Three types of prestressing tendons are being monitored: conventional steel strand and two types of carbon fibers reinforced plastic tendons. Sensor durability issues are reviewed and the installation is described. Initial measurements indicate that the sensors are operational and provide some early comparison of tendon performance.

  8. Experimental research and finite element analysis of bridge piers failed in flexure-shear modes

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    Sun Zhiguo; Si Bingjun; Wang Dongsheng; Guo Xun

    2008-01-01

    In recent earthquakes,a large number of reinforced concrete (RC) bridges were severely damaged due to mixed flexure-shear failure modes of the bridge piers.An integrated experimental and finite element (FE) analysis study is described in this paper to study the seismic performance of the bridge piers that failed in flexure-shear modes.In the first part,a nonlinear cyclic loading test on six RC bridge piers with circular cross sections is carried out experimentally.The damage states,ductility and energy dissipation parameters,stiffness degradation and shear strength of the piers are studied and compared with each other.The experimental results suggest that all the piers exhibit stable flexural response at displacement ductilities up to four before exhibiting brittle shear failure.The ultimate performance of the piers is dominated by shear capacity due to significant shear cracking,and in some cases,rupturing of spiral bars.In the second part,modeling approaches describing the hysteretic behavior of the piers are investigated by using ANSYS software.A set of models with different parameters is selected and evaluated through comparison with experimental results.The influences of the shear retention coefficients between concrete cracks,the Bauschinger effect in longitudinal reinforcement,the bond-slip relationship between the longitudinal reinforcement and the concrete and the concrete failure surface on the simulated hysteretie curves are discussed.Then,a modified analysis model is presented and its accuracy is verified by comparing the simulated results with experimental ones.This research uses models available in commercial FE codes and is intended for researchers and engineers interested in using ANSYS software to predict the hysteretic behavior of reinforced concrete structures.

  9. Experimental research and finite element analysis of bridge piers failed in flexure-shear modes

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    Sun, Zhiguo; Si, Bingjun; Wang, Dongsheng; Guo, Xun

    2008-12-01

    In recent earthquakes, a large number of reinforced concrete (RC) bridges were severely damaged due to mixed flexure-shear failure modes of the bridge piers. An integrated experimental and finite element (FE) analysis study is described in this paper to study the seismic performance of the bridge piers that failed in flexure-shear modes. In the first part, a nonlinear cyclic loading test on six RC bridge piers with circular cross sections is carried out experimentally. The damage states, ductility and energy dissipation parameters, stiffness degradation and shear strength of the piers are studied and compared with each other. The experimental results suggest that all the piers exhibit stable flexural response at displacement ductilities up to four before exhibiting brittle shear failure. The ultimate performance of the piers is dominated by shear capacity due to significant shear cracking, and in some cases, rupturing of spiral bars. In the second part, modeling approaches describing the hysteretic behavior of the piers are investigated by using ANSYS software. A set of models with different parameters is selected and evaluated through comparison with experimental results. The influences of the shear retention coefficients between concrete cracks, the Bauschinger effect in longitudinal reinforcement, the bond-slip relationship between the longitudinal reinforcement and the concrete and the concrete failure surface on the simulated hysteretic curves are discussed. Then, a modified analysis model is presented and its accuracy is verified by comparing the simulated results with experimental ones. This research uses models available in commercial FE codes and is intended for researchers and engineers interested in using ANSYS software to predict the hysteretic behavior of reinforced concrete structures.

  10. Redundancy Evaluation of Fracture Critical Bridges

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    Bapat, Amey Vivek

    2014-01-01

    Cases of brittle fractures in major bridges prompted AASHTO to publish its first fracture control plan in 1978. It focused on material and fabrication standards, and required periodic 24-month hands-on inspection of bridges with fracture critical members. The practical result of this plan was to significantly increase the life cycle cost of these bridges, rendering them uneconomical. Apart from the Point Pleasant Bridge that failed in 1967, no other bridge has collapsed in the USA following a...

  11. Modeling the mitigation effect of coastal forests on tsunami

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    Kh'ng, Xin Yi; Teh, Su Yean; Koh, Hock Lye

    2017-08-01

    As we have learned from the 26 Dec 2004 mega Andaman tsunami that killed 250, 000 lives worldwide, tsunami is a devastating natural disaster that can cause severe impacts including immense loss of human lives and extensive destruction of properties. The wave energy can be dissipated by the presence of coastal mangrove forests, which provide some degree of protection against tsunami waves. On the other hand, costly artificial structures such as reinforced walls can substantially diminish the aesthetic value and may cause environmental problems. To quantify the effectiveness of coastal forests in mitigating tsunami waves, an in-house 2-D model TUNA-RP is developed and used to quantify the reduction in wave heights and velocities due to the presence of coastal forests. The degree of reduction varies significantly depending on forest flow-resistant properties such as vegetation characteristics, forest density and forest width. The ability of coastal forest in reducing tsunami wave heights along the west coast of Penang Island is quantified by means of model simulations. Comparison between measured tsunami wave heights for the 2004 Andaman tsunami and 2-D TUNA-RP model simulated values demonstrated good agreement.

  12. Reinforcement learning and Tourette syndrome.

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    Palminteri, Stefano; Pessiglione, Mathias

    2013-01-01

    In this chapter, we report the first experimental explorations of reinforcement learning in Tourette syndrome, realized by our team in the last few years. This report will be preceded by an introduction aimed to provide the reader with the state of the art of the knowledge concerning the neural bases of reinforcement learning at the moment of these studies and the scientific rationale beyond them. In short, reinforcement learning is learning by trial and error to maximize rewards and minimize punishments. This decision-making and learning process implicates the dopaminergic system projecting to the frontal cortex-basal ganglia circuits. A large body of evidence suggests that the dysfunction of the same neural systems is implicated in the pathophysiology of Tourette syndrome. Our results show that Tourette condition, as well as the most common pharmacological treatments (dopamine antagonists), affects reinforcement learning performance in these patients. Specifically, the results suggest a deficit in negative reinforcement learning, possibly underpinned by a functional hyperdopaminergia, which could explain the persistence of tics, despite their evident inadaptive (negative) value. This idea, together with the implications of these results in Tourette therapy and the future perspectives, is discussed in Section 4 of this chapter.

  13. Electrical Resistance and Microstructure of Latex Modified Carbon Fiber Reinforced Cement Composites

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    WEI Jian; CHENG Feng; YUAN Hudie

    2012-01-01

    The electrical resistance,flexural strength,and microstructure of carbon fiber reinforced cement composites (CFRC) were improved greatly by adding water-redispersible latex powder.The electrical resistance of CFRC was investigated by two-probe method.The input range of CFRC based strain sensors was therefore increased,whereas electrical resistance was increased and remained in the perfect range of CFRC sensors.The analysis of scanning electron microscopy indicated that elastic latex bridges and a latex layer existed among the interspaces of the adjacent cement hydration products which were responsible for the enhancement of the flexural strength and electrical resistance.The formation mechanism of the elastic latex bridges was also discussed in detail.The continuous moving of two opposite interfaces of the latex solution-air along the interspaces of the adjacent hydrated crystals or colloids was attributed to the formation of the elastic latex bridges.

  14. Impact coefficient and reliability of mid-span continuous beam bridge under action of extra heavy vehicle with low speed

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    刘波; 王有志; 胡朋; 袁泉

    2015-01-01

    To analyze the dynamic response and reliability of a continuous beam bridge under the action of an extra heavy vehicle, a vehicle–bridge coupled vibration model was established based on the virtual work principle and vehicle–bridge displacement compatibility equation, which can accurately simulate the dynamic characteristics of the vehicle and bridge. Results show that deck roughness has an important function in the effect of the vehicle on the bridge. When an extra heavy vehicle passes through the continuous beam bridge at a low speed of 5 km/h, the impact coefficient reaches a high value, which should not be disregarded in bridge safety assessments. Considering that no specific law exists between the impact coefficient and vehicle speed, vehicle speed should not be unduly limited and deck roughness repairing should be paid considerable attention. Deck roughness has a significant influence on the reliability index, which decreases as deck roughness increases. For the continuous beam bridge in this work, the reliability index of each control section is greater than the minimum reliability index. No reinforcement measures are required for over-sized transport.

  15. Toward a better guard of coastal water safety-Microbial distribution in coastal water and their facile detection.

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    Xie, Yunxuan; Qiu, Ning; Wang, Guangyi

    2017-05-15

    Prosperous development in marine-based tourism has raised increasing concerns over the sanitary quality of coastal waters with potential microbial contamination. The World Health Organization has set stringent standards over a list of pathogenic microorganisms posing potential threats to people with frequent coastal water exposure and has asked for efficient detection procedures for pathogen facile identification. Inspection of survey events regarding the occurrence of marine pathogens in recreational beaches in recent years has reinforced the need for the development of a rapid identification procedure. In this review, we examine the possibility of recruiting uniform molecular assays to identify different marine pathogens and the feasibility of appropriate biomarkers, including enterochelin biosynthetic genes, for general toxicity assays. The focus is not only on bacterial pathogens but also on other groups of infectious pathogens. The ultimate goal is the development of a handy method to more efficiently and rapidly detect marine pathogens. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. Does supplementary reinforcement of stereotypy facilitate extinction?

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    Dozier, Claudia L; Iwata, Brian A; Wilson, David M; Thomason-Sassi, Jessica L; Roscoe, Eileen M

    2013-01-01

    Results of several studies suggest that delivery of supplemental (social) reinforcement for stereotypy might facilitate its subsequent extinction. We examined this possibility with 9 subjects who engaged in stereotypy by including methodological refinements to ensure that (a) subjects' stereotypy was maintained in the absence of social consequences, (b) supplementary reinforcers were highly preferred and were shown to be reinforcers for some behavior, and (c) subjects were exposed to lengthy reinforcement and extinction conditions. In spite of these modifications, only 4 subjects' stereotypy increased when supplementary reinforcement was delivered contingent on stereotypy, and no subject's stereotypy decreased below initial baseline levels when social reinforcement was subsequently withheld. Decreases in stereotypy occurred with the implementation of noncontingent reinforcement. Thus, delivery of supplementary reinforcers either did not increase stereotypy or did not facilitate extinction of stereotypy maintained by automatic reinforcement. We discuss the practical and conceptual bases of these results with respect to our current understanding of function-based interventions.

  17. Coastal research: Observational challenge

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    research. Modeling has also benefited from new tech nologies and is playing an increasingly important tole as well. Problems such as global climate change as affected by and affecting the oceans, variability in biomass and fish abun dance and regime... are expensive, but vital for effective stewardship, preservation, and utilization of the coastal atmosphere. Fortunately, many innovative technolo gies involving computing, robotics, communications, space ex ploration, and physical, chemical, bimolecular...

  18. Quenched Reinforcement Exposed to Fire

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    Hertz, Kristian Dahl

    2006-01-01

    Idealized data are derived for the tensile strength of quenched and tempered prestressing steel and of quenched and self-tempered reinforcing bars for fire safety design. 0.2% stresses are derived as a function of the maximum temperature and in addition, 2.0% stresses are provided. A strain of 2.......0% is seldom found in “slack” (not prestressed) reinforcement, but 2.0% stresses might be relevant for reinforcement in T shaped cross sections and for prestressed structures, where large strains can be applied. All data are provided in a “HOT” condition during a fire and in a “COLD” condition after a fire....... The COLD condition is relevant for analyses of residual load bearing capacity of a structure after a fire exposure. It is also relevant for analyses of concrete structures exposed to fully developed fire courses. The reason is that compression zones of concrete are always the weakest in the cooling phase...

  19. Localization of reinforced random walks

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    2011-01-01

    We describe and analyze how reinforced random walks can eventually localize, i.e. only visit finitely many sites. After introducing vertex and edge self-interacting walks on a discrete graph in a general setting, and stating the main results and conjectures so far on the topic, we present martingale techniques that provide an alternative proof of the a.s. localization of vertex-reinforced random walks (VRRWs) on the integers on finitely many sites and, with positive probability, on five consecutive sites, initially proved by Pemantle and Volkov (1999). Next we introduce the continuous time-lines representation (sometimes called Rubin construction) and its martingale counterpart, and explain how it has been used to prove localization of some reinforced walks on one attracting edge. Then we show how a modified version of this construction enables one to propose a new short proof of the a.s. localization of VRRWs on five sites on Z.

  20. The power reinforcement framework revisited

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    Nielsen, Jeppe; Andersen, Kim Normann; Danziger, James N.

    2016-01-01

    Whereas digital technologies are often depicted as being capable of disrupting long-standing power structures and facilitating new governance mechanisms, the power reinforcement framework suggests that information and communications technologies tend to strengthen existing power arrangements within...... public organizations. This article revisits the 30-yearold power reinforcement framework by means of an empirical analysis on the use of mobile technology in a large-scale programme in Danish public sector home care. It explores whether and to what extent administrative management has controlled decision......-dominated and centrally controlled technologies that were the main focus of the 1970s and 1980s studies. Yet this study concludes that there is general support for the reinforcement framework in the contemporary application of mobile technology in public sector home care....

  1. Quenched Reinforcement Exposed to Fire

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    Hertz, Kristian Dahl

    2006-01-01

    Idealized data are derived for the tensile strength of quenched and tempered prestressing steel and of quenched and self-tempered reinforcing bars for fire safety design. 0.2% stresses are derived as a function of the maximum temperature and in addition, 2.0% stresses are provided. A strain of 2.......0% is seldom found in “slack” (not prestressed) reinforcement, but 2.0% stresses might be relevant for reinforcement in T shaped cross sections and for prestressed structures, where large strains can be applied. All data are provided in a “HOT” condition during a fire and in a “COLD” condition after a fire....... The COLD condition is relevant for analyses of residual load bearing capacity of a structure after a fire exposure. It is also relevant for analyses of concrete structures exposed to fully developed fire courses. The reason is that compression zones of concrete are always the weakest in the cooling phase...

  2. Assesment of Severely ASR Damaged Bridges: From Diagnosis to Structural Effects

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    Barbosa, Ricardo Antonio; Hansen, Søren Gustenhoff; Hansen, Kurt Kielsgaard;

    2016-01-01

    During the last decade an increasing number of bridges are becoming severely deteriorated due to alkali-silica reaction (ASR) in Denmark. Some bridges have already been demolished due to lack of knowledge on the residual load carrying capacity. The deterioration of concrete by ASR has been widely...... documented. The majority of the experimental data are based on relatively small scale laboratory specimens accelerated by various exposure conditions. Research on assessment and influence of severely ASR deterioration on the material properties and residual load carrying capacity of real-life structures...... is unfortunately limited. This paper presents an overview and discussion of the Danish experiences with assessment of the residual load carrying capacity of severely non-shear reinforced ASR damaged bridges. The discussion is supported by experimental data acquired from large scale in-situ tests of three severely...

  3. Failure Load Test of a CFRP Strengthened Railway Bridge in Oumlrnskoumlldsvik, Sweden

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    Täljsten, Björn; Bergström, Markus; Carolin, Anders

    2009-01-01

    steel reinforcement by approximately 10%, and increased the height of the compressed zone by 100 mm. When the shear failure occurred, the utilization of the compression concrete and CFRP rods were 100 and 87.5%, respectively. This indicates that a bending failure indeed was about to occur, even though......, Sweden is presented. In this particular test the shear capacity of the concrete girders was of primary interest. However, for any reasonable placement of the load (a line load placed transverse to the track direction) a bending failure would occur. This problem was solved by strengthening for flexure...... using carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) rectangular rods epoxy bonded in sawed up slots, e.g., near surface mounted reinforcement. The strengthening was very successful and resulted in a desired shear failure when the bridge was loaded to failure. The load-carrying capacity in bending...

  4. The Impact of Corrosion on the Mechanical Behavior of Welded Splices of Reinforcing Steel S400 and B500c

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    Apostolopoulos, Ch. Alk.; Michalopoulos, D.; Dimitrov, L.

    2008-02-01

    The reinforcing steel, used in concrete structures, when corroded causes reduction of the strength properties and especially drastic reduction of ductility. Steel corrosion constitutes an important factor of progressive devaluation of its mechanical properties and serious reduction of the integrity of structures. The problem becomes more evident specifically for structures near coastal areas where salt corrosion is predominant. Reinforced concrete columns and beams are quite often extended by welding new steel reinforcement to the already corroded existing steel. In the present article the impact of corrosion on the mechanical properties of welded splices of reinforcing Steel S400 and B500c is examined. An experimental investigation was conducted and tensile and compressive results are presented for welded precorroded S400 and noncorroded B500c steel splices. The mechanical behavior of welded splices in tension are different in compression and depend strongly on the level of corrosion of the S400 bars.

  5. The Akashi Kaikyo Bridge and the Storebælt Bridge

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    Gimsing, Niels Jørgen

    1999-01-01

    With the completion of the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge and the Storebælt East Bridge the development of the suspension bridge technology in the 20th century has manifested itself in two impressive structures. With the present echnology may bridges of similar (and also more modest) dimensions...... will undoubtedly be built far into the next century. For bridges going beyond the spans of existing bridges it is, however, likely that new concepts will be developed....

  6. Weigh-in-motion and smart bridges

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    Lai, Leon L.

    1997-05-01

    The bridge Weigh-In-Motion (WIM) system uses bridge structures as weigh scales to measure axle and gross vehicle weights and vehicle configurations without stopping or detouring the vehicles. Because the system is mobile and is almost invisible to the truck drivers, it can be used to collect unbiased traffic data for transportation and loadometer study. The WIM + RESPONSE system, which is an expansion of the original WIM system, was developed to collect additional bridge response data and perform bridge structural evaluation. These additional bridge response data provide bridge engineers with information necessary for improving bridge design and evaluation procedures. Bridge health monitoring and damage detection may also be conducted with long term installation of the WIM + RESPONSE system. This paper discusses what has been achieved by the WIM + RESPONSE system and how the system can be further improved to enhance its functions in a smart bridge.

  7. A strange bridge by Leonardo

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    Huylebrouck, Dirk

    2013-01-01

    On folio 855 recto of the Codex Atlanticus, Leonardo da Vinci drew three 'easily movable' bridges, but one of them is enigmatic: all 'replicas' in Leonardo museums and exhibitions come as a surprise, to say the least, to any engineer or architect whose attention is drawn to it. This is the case for models in Amboise (France), Chicago and Portland (USA), Florence (Italy) and for the one of the traveling exhibition by the Australian company 'Grande Exhibitions' that already visited 40 major cities in the world. All 'replicas' of the bridge model attributed to Leonardo have pillars standing on the deck of the bridge, while the deck is suspended by cables attached on these pillars. At first sight this problem does not catch the attention of the observer, as the bridge seems to be a mixed form of a beam and a suspension bridge, but it was not overlooked by my colleague architect-engineer Dr. Laurens Luyten (Gent, Belgium). Yet, after a TV-interview in Brussels so much pressure was exerted by some of the museum col...

  8. River ice jams at bridges

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    Sullivan, D. [New Brunswick Dept. of Transportation, Fredericton, NB (Canada); Beltaos, S. [National Water Research Institute, Burlington, ON (Canada)

    2000-12-01

    Ice jamming, known to cause high water levels at even moderate river flows, is described as both the main and least understood source of ice-related bridge damages. This paper describes a joint study by the New Brunswick Department of Transportation, the Department of the Environment, local governments, and the National Water Research Institute, designed to address problems associated with the interaction of ice jams and bridges. The study consists of collecting information at each of four sites in New Brunswick including: historical data on ice jam locations, causes, and water levels; channel bathymetry, width and slope within each study centred at the respective bridge; and documentation of ice conditions throughout the ice season, including measurement of ice cover thickness, observation of breakup mechanisms, times, causes, characteristics and possible impacts of ice jam release. Data analysis will include determination of high stages due to ice jams or surges caused by upstream ice jam releases, scour potential of surges, and quantification of the structure's capacity to restrain ice movement and to cause jams. The principal objective of the study is to advance beyond empiricism and to develop rational design criteria for bridges by anticipating the effects of climate changes and by incorporating local meteorological and hydrometric records into bridge design for added safety.

  9. Floating liquid bridge charge dynamics

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    Teschke, Omar; Soares, David Mendez; Gomes, Whyllerson Evaristo; Valente Filho, Juracyr Ferraz

    2016-01-01

    The interaction of liquid with electric fields is investigated in a configuration where up to 13 kV are applied between electrodes resulting in a 106 V/m electric field in the capillaries and where there is the formation of a free-standing fluid bridge in the interelectrode gap. The Mott-Gurney equation was fitted to the measured ionization current vs applied voltage curve which indicates that the ionization rate at the high-voltage anode electrode dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) interface and space charging in the interelectrode gap determine the floating liquid bridge current for a given cathode-to-anode voltage. Space charge effects were measured in the cathode becker and also at the liquid bridge since the ionized charges at the anode migrate to the bridge outer surface and decrease the interfacial tension from 43 mJ/m2 to 29 mJ/m2. Two distinct structural regions then form the bridge, a charged plastic (bulk modulus ˜100 MPa) conducting outer layer with a surface conductivity of ˜10-9 Ω-1, which shapes and supports the floating fluid structure, and an inner liquid cylinder, where DMSO molecules flow.

  10. What Happens with Reinforced Concrete Structures when the Reinforcement Corrodes

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    Thoft-Christensen, Palle

    In this paper, corrosion of reinforced concrete structures is discussed from the point of view of corrosion products. The different types of corrosion products are presented and a detailed study of the important diffusion coefficient is performed. Stochastic modelling of corrosion initiated...

  11. Special Education and Reinforcement Theory: Are we Reinforcing Deficient Behavior?

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    Stoppleworth, Leland J.

    1974-01-01

    The consequences that follow behavioral performance play an important part in operant learning theory. This article asks if special educational practice take into consideration the possibility that the performance of deficient behavior may, in fact, have reinforcing consequences for some handicapped individuals. (Author)

  12. O' Connell bridge inspection by means of Ground Penetrating Radar

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    Santos Assuncao, Sonia, ,, Dr

    2016-04-01

    Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) is a well-known technique successfully applied in different areas. In structural inspection the methodology may expose information about structural arrangement and pathologies. GPR emits high frequency electromagnetic impulses allowing to detect changes on the electromagnetic properties: electrical conductivity, dielectric constant and magnetic permeability. The central frequency of the each antenna is characterized by a specific resolution and penetration depth. Therefore, different scales of structures can be analysed. High frequency antennas output high resolution images/signals about the shallowest elements such as rebar and the thickness of the first layer. On the other hand, intermediate or lower frequency antennas locate deeper structures, such as the thickness of the arch. The compilation of distinct frequencies gives a better understanding and a more accurate detection of elements in the inner structure. O'Connell Bridge (1877) is one of 24 bridges along River Liffey and one the most famous historical structures in Dublin. It is composed by sandstones and granite and covered by asphalt which represents a suitable structure to evaluate by means of GPR. The lack of inner structural information, especially the thickness of the layer, presence of reinforcement or other metallic elements of support required, at least, a dual frequency analysis of the bridge. In this case, it was applied the (200 MHz and 600 MHz) Multi-Channel Stream EM combined with 1.6 GHz GSSI high frequency antenna. The inspection of bridges by means of GPR may provide not exclusively interesting structural data but historical information and the state of conservation.

  13. Analysis on overloading vehicles to bridge damages%超载车辆对桥梁损伤的分析

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    赵云鹏

    2015-01-01

    分析了超载车辆对各种构造的桥梁造成损伤的表现形式及原因,并提出了避免超载车辆对桥梁结构造成损伤的预防措施,同时探讨了对桥梁进行维修加固的方法,以延长公路桥梁的使用寿命,消除交通安全隐患。%This paper analyzed the forms and causes of overloading vehicles to bridge damages with various structures,and proposed the preven-tion measures avoid overloading vehicle caused damages to bridge structure,at the same time,discussed the method made maintenance and rein-forcement to bridge,so as to prolong the service life of road bridges,eliminated the traffic safety hidden dangers.

  14. Thermal bridges of modern windows

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    Hansen, Ernst Jan de Place; Møller, Eva B.; Nielsen, Anker

    2013-01-01

    With its focus on reduced energy consumption, contemporary housing construction requires a highly insulated and airtight building envelope with as few thermal bridges as possible.Windows must be carefully designed, as thermal bridges can lead to surface condensation or mold growth, even...... if the window has an U-factor of 1 W/(m2·K) or lower. This paper describes the development of modern, energy efficient Danish windows with reduced thermal bridges. It focuses on materials, geometry, and sealing of window panes based on a literature review. Examples of modern windows are presented. Experience...... with the minimum acceptable surface temperature regarding surface condensation or mold growth, implemented in the Danish Building Regulations in 2010, and the calculation method for this temperature based on international standards is discussed. The introduction of the minimum acceptable surface temperature has...

  15. Black Sea coastal forecasting system

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    A. I. Kubryakov

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available The Black Sea coastal nowcasting and forecasting system was built within the framework of EU FP6 ECOOP (European COastalshelf sea OPerational observing and forecasting system project for five regions: the south-western basin along the coasts of Bulgaria and Turkey, the north-western shelf along the Romanian and Ukrainian coasts, coastal zone around of the Crimea peninsula, the north-eastern Russian coastal zone and the coastal zone of Georgia. The system operates in the real-time mode during the ECOOP project and afterwards. The forecasts include temperature, salinity and current velocity fields. Ecosystem model operates in the off-line mode near the Crimea coast.

  16. Contactless Bridge Weigh-in-Motion

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    Ojio, T.; Carey, Ciaran; O'Brien, Eugene J.; Doherty, C; Taylor, S E

    2016-01-01

    Bridge weigh-in-motion (WIM) uses existing bridges to find the weights of vehicles that pass overhead. Contactless bridge weigh-in-motion (cBWIM) uses bridges to weigh vehicles without the need for any sensors to be attached to the bridge. A camera is mounted on the back of a telescope, which magnifies the image to the extent that submillimeter bridge deflections can be measured accurately. A second camera is used to monitor traffic and to determine axle spacings. The two cameras are synchron...

  17. Bridging faults in BiCMOS circuits

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    Menon, Sankaran M.; Malaiya, Yashwant K.; Jayasumana, Anura P.

    1993-01-01

    Combining the advantages of CMOS and bipolar, BiCMOS is emerging as a major technology for many high performance digital and mixed signal applications. Recent investigations revealed that bridging faults can be a major failure mode in IC's. Effects of bridging faults in BiCMOS circuits are presented. Bridging faults between logical units without feedback and logical units with feedback are considered. Several bridging faults can be detected by monitoring the power supply current (I(sub DDQ) monitoring). Effects of bridging faults and bridging resistance on output logic levels were examined along with their effects on noise immunity.

  18. An Expert System for Concrete Bridge Management

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    Brito, J. de; Branco, F. A.; Thoft-Christensen, Palle

    1997-01-01

    management systems are presently being implemented by bridge authorities in several countries. The prototype of an expert system for concrete bridge management is presented in this paper, with its functionality relying on two modules. The inspection module relies on a periodic acquisition of field......The importance of bridge repair versus new bridge construction has risen in recent decades due to high deterioration rates that have been observed in these structures. Budgets both for building new bridges and keeping the existing ones are always limited. To help rational decision-making, bridge...

  19. Balanced bridge feedback control system

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    Lurie, Boris J. (Inventor)

    1990-01-01

    In a system having a driver, a motor, and a mechanical plant, a multiloop feedback control apparatus for controlling the movement and/or positioning of a mechanical plant, the control apparatus has a first local bridge feedback loop for feeding back a signal representative of a selected ratio of voltage and current at the output driver, and a second bridge feedback loop for feeding back a signal representative of a selected ratio of force and velocity at the output of the motor. The control apparatus may further include an outer loop for feeding back a signal representing the angular velocity and/or position of the mechanical plant.

  20. Excitation Methods for Bridge Structures

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    Farrar, C.R.; Duffy, T.A.; Cornwell, P.J.; Doebling, S.W.

    1999-02-08

    This paper summarizes the various methods that have been used to excited bridge structures during dynamic testing. The excitation methods fall into the general categories of ambient excitation methods and measured-input excitation methods. During ambient excitation the input to the bridge is not directly measured. In contrast, as the category label implies, measured-input excitations are usually applied at a single location where the force input to the structure can be monitored. Issues associated with using these various types of measurements are discussed along with a general description of the various excitation methods.