Bridge Loading: Research Needed

Committee on Loads and Forces on Bridges of the Committee on Bridges of the Structural Division, ASCE

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 5, Pg. 1012-1020

Document Type: Journal Paper

Discussion: Lichtenstein Abba G. (See full record)
Discussion: Macadam John N. (See full record)
Discussion: Wheeler J. E. (See full record)


The need for research in areas of bridge loading is examined. It is argued that one reason research is incomplete is poor definition of the requirements. The main priorities for research are defined. Subjects for research include traffic loading for both long and short span bridges, braking, or longitudinal, forces, fatigue, and environmental effects. Research problems are given.

Subject Headings: Load factors | Bridges | Span bridges | Terminology and definition | Environmental issues | Fatigue (material) | Traffic management | Longitudinal loads

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