Non-linear finite-element analysis of punching capacities of steel-concrete bridge deck slabs

Yu Zheng, Desmond Robinson, Susan Taylor, David Cleland

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    Punching failure is the common failure mode in concrete bridge deck slabs when these structural components are subjected to local patch loads, such as tyre loads. Past research has shown that reinforced concrete slabs in girder–slab type bridges have a load-carrying capacity far greater than the ultimate static loads predicted by traditional design methods, because of the presence of compressive membrane action. However, due to the instability problems from punching failure, it is difficult to predict ultimate capacities accurately in numerical analyses. In order to overcome the instability problems, this paper establishes an efficient non-linear finite-element analysis using the commercial finite-element package Abaqus. In the non-linear finite-element analysis, stabilisation methods were adopted and failure criteria were established to predict the ultimate punching behaviour of deck slabs in composite steel–concrete bridges. The proposed non-linear finite-element analysis predictions showed a good correlation on punching capacities with experimental tests.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)255-269
    Number of pages15
    JournalProceedings of the ICE - Structures and Buildings
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Building and Construction
    • Civil and Structural Engineering

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