Structural Performances of Bridge Types in the U.S. National Bridge Inventory
AbstractThis paper demonstrates a comprehensive national network-level analysis to determine the relative deteriorations and operational structural performances of the various types of bridge structural design and/or construction. The study analyzes the entire database of the U.S. National Bridge Inventory for the year 2013 and considers bridge counts along with bridge deck areas that provide more significant results. Analysis of the proportional distribution of structural deficiency reveals issues of deterioration. Considering the structural deficiency, service life cycle and deterioration trends of bridge types over time, the multi-criteria equivalent structural performances incorporate the condition, durability, longevity, rate and pattern performances. The results provide support for more sustainable engineering and management decisions. Stringer/multi beam or girder (type 02) bridges are the most common bridge type, 40.75% by counts and 61.88% by areas. The structural performance of type 02 bridges seems comparable to the average of all bridges, yet they have lower durability and longevity performances, revealing a relative service life cycle vulnerability. The lowest structural performances are orthotropic (type 08) and segmental box girder (type 21) bridges; while their condition performances are rather high, their durability, longevity, rate and pattern performances are essentially low. The slight improvement of structural performance from 2006 to 2013 for most bridge types is not significant over seven years. Also, certain bridge types worsened. View Full-Text
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Farhey, D.N. Structural Performances of Bridge Types in the U.S. National Bridge Inventory. Infrastructures 2018, 3, 6.
Farhey DN. Structural Performances of Bridge Types in the U.S. National Bridge Inventory. Infrastructures. 2018; 3(1):6.Chicago/Turabian Style
Farhey, Daniel N. 2018. "Structural Performances of Bridge Types in the U.S. National Bridge Inventory." Infrastructures 3, no. 1: 6.
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