Decision making for bridge stock management

Debiasi, Emiliano (2014) Decision making for bridge stock management. PhD thesis, University of Trento.

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Bridges in service in most Western Countries were built according to codes with design loads that are now inconsistent with today’s traffic demands. Currently, transportation agencies do not know how to respond to transit applications on their bridges. This thesis focuses on the legal issues entailed by overweight/oversize load permits issued by transportation agencies. Indeed, correct decision-making should consider the legal liabilities involved in possible catastrophic events. In this thesis I illustrate how this problem is guided by the Department of Transportation of the Italian Autonomous Province of Trento (APT’s DoT), a medium-sized agency managing approximately one thousand bridges across its territory. In the basic approach, it does not authorize movement of overweight loads unless it is demonstrated that their effect is less than that of the nominal design load. When this condition is not satisfied, a formal evaluation is carried out in an attempt to assess a higher load rating for the bridge. If, after the reassessment, the rating is still insufficient, the bridge is classified as sub-standard and a formal evaluation of the operational risk is performed to define a priority ranking for future reinforcement or replacement.

Item Type:Doctoral Thesis (PhD)
Doctoral School:Engineering of Civil and Mechanical Structural Systems
PhD Cycle:XXVI
Subjects:Area 08 - Ingegneria civile e Architettura > ICAR/09 TECNICA DELLE COSTRUZIONI
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