Strengthening of a steel railway bridge and its impact on the dynamic response to passing trains
2011 (English)In: Engineering structures, ISSN 0141-0296, E-ISSN 1873-7323, Vol. 33, no 2, 635-646 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Two different strengthening methods for a through-girder steel railway bridge are investigated. The studied structure is the Soderstrom Bridge, located in the city of Stockholm, Sweden. Due to fatigue problems, it is in need of assessment and strengthening. In one of the methods, arches are added under the bridge modifying the structural system and lowering the stress ranges for all structural members. The other method consists of prestressing the floor beams. This increases their stiffness and transforms the mean stress in the lower flanges from tension to compression. A 3D finite element model is created and verified with measurements. The different strengthening methods are tested in the model by dynamic analysis with moving train loads. The strengthening methods show some positive effect concerning the fatigue life. Changes in vertical bridge deck acceleration for high speed traffic are also presented. A comparison between the European code and the Swedish code regarding vertical bridge deck acceleration levels for high speed traffic shows large differences for the bridge.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 33, no 2, 635-646 p.
Steel bridge, Strengthening, Finite element analysis, Monitoring, High speed train, Fatigue
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-31632DOI: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2010.11.022ISI: 000287000700033ScopusID: 2-s2.0-78650524037OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-31632DiVA: diva2:405475
QC 201103222011-03-222011-03-212011-03-23Bibliographically approved