Volume 32, Issue 5 (September 2004)

    Load-Carrying Capacity Evaluation of Damaged Reinforced Concrete Structures by Dynamic Testing and Finite-Element Model Updating

    (Received 11 November 2002; accepted 10 March 2004)

    CODEN: JTEOAD

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    Abstract

    There are many nondestructive test methods for the detailed condition evaluation of existing bridges. However, on detection of damage or deterioration, it may be possible only to make a subjective or qualitative judgement on safety. Resulting from research aimed at providing quantitative measures of bridge condition and fitness for purpose, this paper presents a practical method for evaluating the load-carrying capacity of damaged reinforced concrete (RC) beam structures based on dynamic testing and finite-element (FE) model updating. The distribution of the second moment of the cross section along an RC beam structure that had been loaded until failure was identified using FE model updating. Based on the identified second moment of cross section, the effective steel ratio and the ultimate moment of the damaged structure were estimated, leading to an estimate of load-carrying capacity. The paper describes a laboratory study using techniques that can be applied to prototype structures.


    Author Information:

    Xia, P-Q
    Professor, Mechanics and Structural Engineering, College of Aerospace Engineering, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing,

    Brownjohn, JMW
    Professor, School of Engineering, University of Plymouth, Plymouth,


    Stock #: JTE11791

    ISSN: 0090-3973

    DOI: 10.1520/JTE11791

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    Title Load-Carrying Capacity Evaluation of Damaged Reinforced Concrete Structures by Dynamic Testing and Finite-Element Model Updating
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