American Society of Civil Engineers

Fatigue Resistance of HPS-485W (70 W) Continuous Plate with Punched Holes

by Caroline R. Bennett, A.M.ASCE, (Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civ., Envir., and Architectural Engrg., Univ. of Kansas, 1530 W. 15th St., 2150 Learned Hall, Lawrence, KS 66045; formerly, Ph.D. Candidate, Research Assistant, Univ. of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 210071, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0071), James A. Swanson, M.ASCE, (Assoc. Prof., Dept. of Civ. and Envir. Engrg., Univ. of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 210071, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0071), and Daniel G. Linzell, M.ASCE, (Assoc. Prof., The Pennsylvania State Univ., 231L Sackett Bldg., University Park, PAP 16802)

Journal of Bridge Engineering, Vol. 12, No. 1, January/February 2007, pp. 98-104, (doi:

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Abstract: Twenty-nine specimens were tested to investigate the fatigue resistance of high-performance steel (HPS-485W) (70 W) continuous plate with punched holes. Specimen thickness, hole diameter, and method used for creating the holes were varied to examine their effect upon fatigue resistance of punched connections utilizing high performance steel. Eight of the 29 specimens were drilled or subpunched and reamed specimens, all of which rated as Category B details. The remaining 21 specimens had punched holes and rated considerably below a Category B. Results from this investigation suggest that current restrictions mandated by some state DOTs concerning punching holes are not overly restrictive when HPS-485W (70 W) is utilized. Performance of drilled and subpunched and reamed specimens met (or exceeded) 2004 AASHTO requirements for Category B details.

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