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Bridge Deck Analysis

2nd Edition

By Eugene J. Obrien, Damien Keogh, Alan O'Connor

CRC Press

351 pages | 322 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2014-10-06
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Captures Current Developments in Bridge Design and Maintenance

Recent research in bridge design and maintenance has focused on the serviceability problems of older bridges with aging joints. The favored solution of integral construction and design has produced bridges with fewer joints and bearings that require less maintenance and deliver increased durability. Bridge Deck Analysis, Second Edition outlines this growing development, and covers the structural analysis of most common bridge forms. It introduces reliability analysis, an emergent method that allows bridge engineers to determine risk when maintaining older or damaged bridges.

Explains the Background Theory along with Practical Tools

This book includes practical examples of everyday problems in bridge engineering, and presents real-life examples of the application of reliability analysis. The authors show how reliability analysis can determine structural safety even for bridges which have failed a deterministic assessment. They also update other chapters to reflect the most current advancements towards more sophisticated analysis, and the more widespread use of finite element software.

What’s New in this Edition:

  • Incorporates new research on soil-structure interaction
  • A new section with examples of how to analyze for the effects of creep
  • Greatly expands the sections on 3-D brick finite elements
  • Now consistent with both Eurocodes and AASHTO standards

An appropriate resource for senior undergraduates taking an advanced course on bridge engineering, Bridge Deck Analysis is also suitable for practicing engineers, and other professionals involved in the development of bridge design.


"This book is very useful for both teaching and designing purposes."

—Dr. Stergios Mitouls, University of Surrey, UK

"A book of this type risks being accused of being superficial to the expert and overly complex to the graduate. This is not the case…. A worthy successor to Hambly's Bridge Deck Behaviour."

—Richard Cooke, Proceedings of the ICE: Bridge Engineering

Table of Contents



Factors affecting structural form

Cross sections

Bridge elevations




Bridge aesthetics

Bridge loading


Dead loading

Imposed traffic loading

Shrinkage and creep

Thermal loading

Impact loading

Dynamic effects

Pre-stress loading

Introduction to bridge analysis


Positioning the traffic load model on the bridge

Differential settlement of supports

Thermal expansion and contraction

Differential temperature effects


Analysis for the effects of creep

Integral bridges


Contraction of bridge deck

Conventional spring model for deck expansion

Modelling expansion with an equivalent spring at deck level

Run-on slab

Time-dependent effects in composite integral bridges

Slab bridge decks – behaviour and modelling


Thin-plate theory

Grillage analysis of slab decks

Planar FE analysis of slab decks

Wood and armer equations

Application of planar grillage and finite-element methods


Simple isotropic slabs

Edge cantilevers and edge stiffening

Voided slab bridge decks

Beam-and-slab bridges

Cellular bridges

Skew and curved bridge decks

Three-dimensional modelling of bridge decks


Shear lag and effective flange width

Three-dimensional analysis using brick elements

Upstand grillage modelling

Upstand FE modelling

Probabilistic assessment of bridge safety


Code treatment of probability of failure

Calculation of the probability of failure, Pf

Resistance modelling

Deterioration modelling

Load modelling

Probabilistic assessment of LS violation

Component vs. system reliability analysis

Case studies


Reinforced concrete beam-and-slab deck

Post-tensioned concrete slab deck

Steel truss bridge





About the Authors

Eugene J. OBrien worked with engineering firms for five years before moving to the university sector in 1990. Since 1998 he has been professor and head of civil engineering at University College Dublin. He is the author of two books and more than 200 papers on weigh-in-motion, bridge health monitoring, and bridge loading. He has had research projects in 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th European Framework Programmes. He is co-founder and chairman of Roughan O’Donovan Innovative Solutions, a subsidiary of the engineering firm Roughan O’Donovan, designers of several landmark bridge structures.

Damien L. Keogh is a Bridge Engineer at Rambøll, Denmark

Alan J. O’Connor is an Associate Professor at Trinity College Dublin

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Construction / General