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Bridge Evaluation, Repair and Rehabilitation

  • Andrzej S. Nowak

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSE, volume 187)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. K. C. Sinha, M. D. Bowman, Y. Jiang, S. Murthy, M. Saito, A.-B. Tee
      Pages 23-39
    3. Daniel J. Thiele, Maher K. Tadros, Joseph V. Benak
      Pages 57-70
  3. Diagnostics and Monitoring

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Andrzej S. Nowak
      Pages 73-84
    3. R. Favre, I. Markey
      Pages 85-100
    4. Nicholas J. Carino, Mary Sansalone
      Pages 101-118
    5. M. S. Agbabian, S. F. Masri, M.-I. Traina, O. Waqfi
      Pages 133-143
    6. J. Chatelain, B. Godart, J. L. Duchene
      Pages 145-159
    7. M. Biswas, A. K. Pandey, M. M. Samman
      Pages 161-174
    8. David W. Prine, Theodore Hopwood II
      Pages 187-199
    9. M. “Saiid” Saiidi, Joseph Shields, Rodney Johnson
      Pages 217-228
    10. A. G. Davis, B. H. E. Hertlein
      Pages 229-233

About this book


Evaluation, repair and rehabilitation of bridges are increasingly important topics in the effort to deal with the deteriorating infrastructure. For example, in the United States about 40 percent of the nation's 570,000 bridges are classified, according to the Federal Highway Administra­ tion's (FHW A) criteria, as deficient and in need of rehabilitation and replacement. In other countries the situation is similar. FHW A estimates the cost of a bridge replacement and reha­ bilitation program at 50 billion dollars. The major factors that have contributed to the present situation are: the age, inadequate maintenance, increasing load spectra and environmental contamination. The deficient bridges are posted, repaired or replaced. The disposition of bridges involves clear economical and safety implications. To avoid high costs of replacement or repair, the evaluation must accurately reveal the present load carrying capacity of the struc­ ture and predict loads and any further changes in the capacity (deterioration) in the applicable time span. Accuracy of bridge evaluation can be improved by using the recent developments in bridge diagnostics, structural tests, material tests, structural analysis and probabilistic methods. There is a need for an international exchange of advanced experience to increase the research effi­ ciency. The Workshop is organized on the premise that the exchange of existing American and European experience in the area of bridge evaluation, repair and rehabilitation is beneficial for both parties involved.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Andrzej S. Nowak
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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