Preventing Cracking at Diaphragm/Plate Girder Connections in Steel Bridges (TR-393) Preventing Cracking at Diaphragm/Plate Girder Connections in Steel Bridges (TR-393)

Research Project

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Preventing Cracking at Diaphragm/Plate Girder Connections in Steel Bridges (TR-393)

Researcher(s)

Principal investigators: Terry Wipf, 515-294-6979, tjwipf@iastate.edu (project list)

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Project status

Completed

Start date:
End date: 06/01/98

Publications

Report: June 1998, Preventing Cracking at Diaphragm/Plate Girder Connections in Steel Bridges (TR-393) 1.4MB (*pdf)

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Sponsor(s)/partner(s)

Sponsor(s): Iowa Department of Transportation
Iowa Highway Research Board

About the research

Abstract: The objective of this research was to investigate experimentally a method proposed by the Iowa DOT to prevent cracking at the diaphragm/plate girder connection in steel bridges with X-type or K-type diaphragms. The method consists of loosening the bolts at some connections between the diaphragm diagonals and the connection plates.

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