Engineers have proposed the idea that there may be some arching action present in bridge deck cantilever overhangs stiffened along their longitudinal free edge, via a traffic barrier, subjected to a wheel load. This paper includes the details of a full-scale corrosion-free bridge deck with cantilever overhangs stiffened along their longitudinal free edge by a traffic barrier wall that has been constructed and tested under static and fatigue wheel loads at the University of Manitoba. It also reviews experimental test results and postulates various discussions that suggest the presence of arching-action in cantilever slab overhangs. Test results indicated static ultimate load capacities significantly greater than the ultimate capacity if the mode of failure and behavior of the cantilever overhang was completely flexural. These early results confirm and indicate the presence of arching-action resulting in a significant break-through in cantilever behavior when subjected to a wheel load. The theory to account for this arching-action is not yet developed and further research should be conducted.
|Journal||Journal of Composites for Construction|
|Early online date||26 Jul 2013|
|Publication status||Early online date - 26 Jul 2013|
- Cantilever slab
- GFRP reinforcement
- Barrier wall