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dc.contributor.author Spyrakos, CC en
dc.contributor.author Kemp, EL en
dc.contributor.author Venkatareddy, R en
dc.date.accessioned 2014-03-01T01:15:23Z
dc.date.available 2014-03-01T01:15:23Z
dc.date.issued 1999 en
dc.identifier.issn 10840702 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/13464
dc.subject Computational Techniques en
dc.subject Nondestructive Testing en
dc.subject Seismic Analysis en
dc.subject Static Analysis en
dc.subject Structure Analysis en
dc.subject United States en
dc.subject American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials en
dc.subject Present Day en
dc.subject.other Beams and girders en
dc.subject.other Earthquakes en
dc.subject.other Loads (forces) en
dc.subject.other Nondestructive examination en
dc.subject.other Seismology en
dc.subject.other Stresses en
dc.subject.other Structural analysis en
dc.subject.other Trusses en
dc.subject.other Seismic analysis en
dc.subject.other Static analysis en
dc.subject.other Suspension bridges en
dc.title Validated analysis of wheeling suspension bridge en
heal.type journalArticle en
heal.identifier.primary 10.1061/(ASCE)1084-0702(1999)4:1(1) en
heal.identifier.secondary http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)1084-0702(1999)4:1(1) en
heal.publicationDate 1999 en
heal.abstract The historic Wheeling suspension bridge over the Ohio River is one of the 57 long-span suspension bridges in operation in the United States. The bridge was designed and constructed in 1849 by Charles Ellet, Jr., who rightfully may be considered the father of the modern American suspension bridge. Despite the fact that the bridge was not designed to carry today's live loads, the bridge has served as a vital link across the Ohio River for nearly a century and a half. This paper represents the first comprehensive structural analysis using modern computer techniques and in situ nondestructive testing evaluation of this bridge. Static analysis showed that deflections and stresses caused by present-day loading conditions are within allowable limits. Rating factors demonstrated that none of the structural members are overstressed by the posted live load. Seismic analysis to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials loads showed little damage, which was confined to floor beams at the east tower. Analysis using historic earthquakes showed localized damage of floor beams and diagonal floor ties at the east tower and top chords of the stiffening truss at midspan. The methodology developed could be applied to a wide range of cable suspension bridges. ©ASCE. en
heal.journalName Journal of Bridge Engineering en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1061/(ASCE)1084-0702(1999)4:1(1) en
dc.identifier.volume 4 en
dc.identifier.issue 1 en
dc.identifier.spage 1 en
dc.identifier.epage 7 en


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