Active Out-of-Plane Distortion Cracking at a Girder Web Gap

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By Luke Snyder1, Julie Whitehead1, Robert J. Connor1

Purdue University

This video supplements Purdue University’s Steel Bridge Research, Inspection, Training, and Engineering (S-BRITE) Center report "Fatigue and Fracture Library for the Inspection, Evaluation, and Repair of Vehicular Steel Bridges."

Version 1.0 - published on 03 Jun 2015 doi:10.4231/R7125QKV - cite this Archived on 25 Oct 2016

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This video illustrates out-of-plane distortion cracking at a transverse stiffener detail in the laboratory. The applied displacements shown are much greater than would be expected in an actual bridge; however, the cracking is identical to what would be found in an actual bridge. Note that cracks initiated and grew at both the stiffener-to-web weld and the web-to-flange weld.

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