Bridge Live Load Models

by Robert J. Heywood, Queensland Univ of Technology,
Andrzej S. Nowak, Queensland Univ of Technology,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Safety and Reliability


This paper describes the analysis of weigh-in-motion data and the conclusions drawn. Statistical distributions of the effects induced in typical bridges due to single vehicle events are presented. Extrapolated serviceability and ultimate limit state effects are compared with National Association of Australian State Road Authorities bridge design loading and the inconsistencies discussed. The variations around the world in the definitions of the design life and return periods for serviceability conditions are discussed in relation to the results of the analysis.

Subject Headings: Load and resistance factor design | Bridges | Live loads | Load factors | Structural models | Bridge design | Highway and road design | Vehicles

Services: Buy this book/Buy this article


Return to search