Load Rating and Reliability Analysis of an Aerial Guideway Structure for Condition Assessment
Abbreviated Journal Title
J. Bridge Eng.
Aerial guideways are elegant transportation structures that are seen at airports, theme parks, and crowded urban areas. The guideways generally consist of continuous, prestressed concrete beam spans, precast concrete columns, and steel beam-column connections. Although there are guidelines prepared as a supplement to conventional highway and railway bridge design codes, aerial guideways form a different class, relatively less studied compared to common highway bridges. The primary objective of this paper is to present a study to better understand the structural behavior and capacity used in an existing guideway structural system which has been in service for about 35 years. The load demand on the guideway system has increased by about 50% over the years. The structural system is composed of six-span continuous prestressed concrete bridge segments. In order to develop models that bound the possible existing condition of the structure, several models are developed by changing the most critical parameters. The critical parameters are categorized as material properties, prestress losses, boundary conditions, and continuity conditions. Sensitivity studies are conducted using eight parametric models for simulations with moving loads for the two different train types. The load rating and reliability indexes are computed for all the cases under different loading conditions. The parameters that have the most influence on the load rating and reliability are also presented. The information generated from these analyses can be utilized for better-focused visual inspection and can also be used for developing a long-term structural monitoring plan.
Journal of Bridge Engineering
"Load Rating and Reliability Analysis of an Aerial Guideway Structure for Condition Assessment" (2009). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 2137.