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Title:Enhancement of Existing Engineering Software, Vol. 5: Transverse Load Distribution in Slab-Girder Bridges
Authors:T.R. Finch and J.A. Puckett
University:University of Wyoming
Publication Date:Jul 1992
Report #:MPC-92-9.5
Project #:MPC-007
TRID #:00637779
Keywords:bridge design, bridge engineering, bridges, highway bridges, loads, load transfer, software, structural design
Type:Research Report – MPC Publications



The finite strip method was used to develop an automated procedure for determining the distribution of load on highway bridges subjected to both standard truck loads and overload permit vehicle loads. The distribution factors obtained by this procedure are used in the design and load rating of highway bridges. Several verification problems were used to compare the automated procedure to closed-form solutions available from the theory of plates and shells. In addition, distribution factors from the numerical procedure were compared to various simplified methods for determining load distribution in highway bridges.

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