Simple made continuous bridges with steel diaphragms : tension and compression transfer mechanisms
Simple-made-continuous (SMC) steel bridges are a relatively new innovation in steel bridge design. The SMC concept has been used for quite some time in the construction of precast concrete bridges and based on current statistics, precast concrete bridge construction is outpacing steel bridge construction by a factor of two to one. The SMC concept is a viable solution for steel bridges to recover market share of the bridges constructed in the United States. The majority of SMC bridges currently in use are constructed with concrete diaphragms. This dissertation presents the results of numerical ...