Analysis of Orthotropic Steel Plate Bridge Decks

by Graham H. Powell,
David W. Ogden,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1969, Vol. 95, Issue 5, Pg. 909-922

Document Type: Journal Paper


A computer-oriented method for the analysis of orthotropic bridge decks is presented. The structure is idealized as a rectangular orthotropic plate which is continuous over simply supported, deformable floor beams. A finite element method is developed for the analysis of the idealized structure. An efficient and easy to use computer program is described, and results are presented.

Subject Headings: Steel bridges | Steel plates | Bridge decks | Finite element method | Orthotropic materials | Steel decks | Bridge tests | Orthotropic bridges

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