|Title||Evaluation of seasonal and yearly behavior of an Integral abutment bridge|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2007|
|Authors||Breña SF, Bonczar C, Civjan SA, Dejong JT, Crovo DS|
|Journal||Journal of Bridge Engineering|
|Keywords||Bridge abutments, Bridges, continuous, Monitoring, Piles, Temperature effects|
This paper presents the field performance evaluation of an integral abutment bridge constructed in Massachusetts that was monitored for a period of three years. Emphasis is primarily made on observed seasonal and yearly behavior. Although the bridge abutments were constructed without any skew, differences have been observed in performance between the north and south abutments and are attributed to differences in construction conditions. Longitudinal displacement and rotation fully characterize the abutment deformation response. Fundamental parameters that control the response of the bridge (longitudinal restraint, pile moments) are evaluated through the use of simple mechanical models. The use of simple models allows estimation of bridge parameters for use in more involved finite element models. Data collected during the monitoring period indicate that current design procedures used for integral abutment bridges in Massachusetts are conservative.