Is external post-tensioning an effective solution for shear strengthening of bridge elements?

Aravinthan, Thiru (2006) Is external post-tensioning an effective solution for shear strengthening of bridge elements? In: Structural Faults + Repair 2006: Eleventh International Conference on ‘Extending the Life of Bridges Concrete + Composites Buildings, Masonry + Civil Structures', 13-15 June 2006, Edinburgh, UK.


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[Abstract]: Retrofitting of existing concrete structures has become an important issue nowadays in the construction
industry. Such necessity had been caused by several factors, especially when concrete is subjected to
severe environmental and loading conditions. In such situations, the remedy is either to demolish the
existing structure and construct a new one or to retrofit the existing structure by an appropriate
strengthening methodology. In this regard, external post-tensioning has been proven to be effective in
flexural strengthening of bridge elements such as main girders, transverse girders and headstocks. There
have been some attempts to use the external post-tensioning technology to increase the shear strength of
bridge elements such as headstocks. One of the issues that need careful consideration is the presence of
existing shear cracks in such structural elements. Recent experimental investigations using model
specimens revealed that the strength enhancement by external prestressing is highly influenced by the
existence of shear cracks in the concrete member. It was found that the external post-tensioning is only
effective when the shear cracks are properly repaired by a suitable technique such as epoxy injection of
cracks. This paper presents the results of the investigation, discussing the effectiveness of external posttensioning
in shear strengthening of concrete bridges, with a case study of Tenthill Creek Bridge in
Queensland, Australia.

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Depositing User: Prof Thiru Aravinthan
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:59
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:42
Uncontrolled Keywords: bridges, bridge, cracks, epoxy injection, external post-tensioning, flexural strengthening, rehabilitation, repair, shear strengthening
Fields of Research (FoR): 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering

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