Main Roads of Western Australia has a continuing program of bridge upgrading, to refurbish and strengthen bridges to allow for increasin-vehicle traffic and increasing axle loads. A 40-year-old, four-span reinforced concrete slab bridge was retrofitted with application of CFRP laminate strips on the top of the deck over the piers, as well as on the deck soffit in the midspan regions, to reduce high moments in both hogging and sagging. The dynamic assessment of the bridge before and after strengthening works provided the opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of the strengthening intervention through dynamic measurements. A performance evaluation of the repaired structure was carried out through traffic loading application on the updated numerical models of the bridge, before and after retrofit. As a main observation, the addition of CFRP laminate strips led to a significant increase of the structural capacity in flexure. The paper discusses the results obtained from the dynamic-based assessment in terms of effectiveness of the strengthening intervention as well as of efficiency in using such a methodology to evaluate the capacity increase of the retrofitted bridge.
|Journal||Journal of Composites for Construction|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|