Joint elimination retrofits and thermal loading analysis in plate girder bridge using health monitoring and finite element simulations
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Degradation of United States' public infrastructure has attracted attention from the public and governing agencies alike. A challenge facing transportation departments is management of leaking and clogged expansion joints in bridge structures, which result in significant deterioration to bridge substructures and superstructures. Some agencies have started eliminating these joints. However, technical understanding of which retrofit methodology to employ based on thermal loading and specific characteristics of the structure is lacking. In this study, this problem is investigated with both numerical ...