Analytical and experimental study on the behaviour of FRP reinforced concrete bridge deck slabs under wheel load

S. E. El-Gamal*, E. F. El-Salakawy, B. Benmokrane

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In most bridge design codes, the current design approach for concrete bridge deck slabs assumes a flexural behaviour under concentrated wheel loads. However, the carrying capacity of bridge deck slabs with depth-to-span ratio of up to 15 is greatly enhanced due to the formation of arching action developed by lateral restraints. This paper presents results of non-linear finite element Model (FEM) to predict the behaviour of concrete bridge deck slabs reinforced with FRP bars under service and ultimate limit states. The validity and accuracy of the non-linear finite element analysis were verified against experimental test results conducted by the authors. The experimental work included the construction and testing of 2 full size concrete deck slabs (3000-mm long × 2500-mm wide × 200-mm deep). One slab was reinforced with glass FRP and the other slab was reinforced with carbon FRP bars. Using the FEM, the behaviour of the FRP-reinforced bridge decks with different reinforcement ratios was evaluated.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 33rd CSCE Annual Conference 2005
Subtitle of host publicationGeneral Conference and International History Symposium
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event33rd CSCE Annual Conference 2005 - Toronto, ON, Canada
Duration: Jun 2 2005Jun 4 2005

Publication series

NameProceedings, Annual Conference - Canadian Society for Civil Engineering


Other33rd CSCE Annual Conference 2005
CityToronto, ON

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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