Effects of existing shear damage on externally post tensioned repair of bent caps

Aravinthan, Thiru and Suntharavadivel, T. G. (2007) Effects of existing shear damage on externally post tensioned repair of bent caps. Journal of Structural Engineering, 133 (11). pp. 1662-1669. ISSN 0733-9445

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[Abstract]: External post-tensioning can be considered an effective strengthening method for bridge members, which are deteriorating due to extreme loading conditions and progressive structural aging. The effects of existing shear cracks in bent caps strengthened by external post-tensioning were experimentally investigated using model specimens. Initial investigation revealed that the shear capacity of a bent cap is not enhanced by external post-tensioning only, when shear cracks exist. Moreover, it was found that the repair of existing cracks using epoxy injection substantially increases the shear capacity of the bent cap. The Tenthill Creek Bridge in South East Queensland, Australia provides a case study where the bent caps have been strengthened by external post-tensioning. The model tests of the bridge bent caps confirmed the initial findings on the effects of existing shear cracks on the shear capacity. The experimental results emphasize the need for appropriate repair of existing shear cracks prior to strengthening by external post-tensioning to enhance the shear capacity of bent caps.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author Version, deposited in accordance with publisher (ASCE) copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2007 01:53
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:53
Uncontrolled Keywords: prestressing, shear strength, cracking, rehabilitation, epoxy compounds
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090505 Infrastructure Engineering and Asset Management
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090502 Construction Engineering
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9445(2007)133:11(1662)
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/3513

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