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dc.contributor.advisorBennett, Caroline R
dc.contributor.advisorMatamoros, Adolfo B
dc.contributor.authorMcElrath, Kathleen Suzanne
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-18T14:51:43Z
dc.date.available2016-06-18T14:51:43Z
dc.date.issued2015-12-31
dc.date.submitted2015
dc.identifier.otherhttp://dissertations.umi.com/ku:14425
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1808/20980
dc.description.abstractPrior to the mid-1980s, steel girder bridges were designed with a detail susceptible to distortion-induced fatigue cracking. While a number of retrofit measures have been developed to repair this problem, many of those retrofits have long-term performance issues or are difficult and expensive to implement. Recent research at the University of Kansas has focused on the development of a new retrofit measure that could be effective in repairing distortion-induced fatigue cracking while also being inexpensive and easier to install than currently available retrofits. This new retrofit measure, referred to as the “angles-with-plate” retrofit, stiffens the problematic region and redistributes distortion-induced fatigue stresses away from cracking prone areas. By eliminating the need for cumbersome installation procedures, the angles-with-plate retrofit also provides a more economical repair that can be implemented with minimal traffic interruptions. This dissertation is presented in three parts and appendices. Part I provides a brief overview of distortion-induced fatigue cracking and the development of the angles-with-plate retrofit. Part II gives details and findings of an experimental investigation of the performance of the angles-with-plate retrofit and a stiffened version of the angles-with-plate retrofit on a 9.1 m (30 ft.) laboratory test bridge. Part III describes field and analytical tests performed on an active steel girder bridge system near Park City, Kansas on which the angles-with-plate retrofit was used as a repair for distortion-induced fatigue cracking.
dc.format.extent367 pages
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Kansas
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dc.subjectCivil engineering
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dc.titleField, Laboratory, and Analytical Investigation of Angles-with-Plate Retrofit for Distortion-Induced Fatigue in Steel Bridges
dc.typeDissertation
dc.contributor.cmtememberRolfe, Stanley T
dc.contributor.cmtememberLi, Jian
dc.contributor.cmtememberFriis, Lisa
dc.thesis.degreeDisciplineCivil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering
dc.thesis.degreeLevelPh.D.
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dc.rights.accessrightsopenAccess


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