Bridge Reliability—Evaluation vs. Design

by Dhirendra Verma, Case Western Reserve Univ, United States,
Fred Moses, Case Western Reserve Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Probabilistic Methods in Civil Engineering


Probabilistic methods of structural safety are being widely accepted as a basis for rationally considering uncertainties and developing reliability based design specifications for various structures. With public emphasis shifting to conserving the present infrastructure, structural evaluation strategies are now gaining wide importance. It is therefore natural to apply similar reliability techniques to evaluation. This paper explores important differences in evaluations as compared to design and highlights these differences using highway bridges as an example.

Subject Headings: Bridge design | Structural safety | Structural reliability | Highway bridges | Highway and road design | Structural design | Bridge tests | Probability

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