Document Type

Article

Rights

This item is available under a Creative Commons License for non-commercial use only

Disciplines

Civil engineering, Municipal and structural engineering

Publication Details

Proceedings of the ICE - Bridge Engineering

Available here.

Abstract

Accurate estimates of characteristic traffic load effects are essential in order to optimize bridge safety assessment. Permit trucks dominate the extreme upper tail of the truck loading distribution and as a result need careful examination. This paper proposes rules for filtering these trucks from Weigh-In-Motion data for both the US and Europe. The importance of these trucks in critical bridge loading events is then examined for both regions. A Monte Carlo traffic simulation model is developed which focuses on the accurate simulation of permit trucks.

DOI

10.1680/bren.14.00031

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