Reliability-based life cycle design of resilient highway bridge

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Proceedings titleTransportation 2014: Past, Present, Future - 2014 Conference and Exhibition of the Transportation Association of Canada
ConferenceTransportation 2014: Past, Present, Future - 2014 Conference and Exhibition of the Transportation Association of Canada, Sept. 27 -Oct. 1, 2014, Montréal, Canada
Article number01553356
Pages1/1111/11
SubjectHighway bridge
AbstractHighway bridges are critical links in Canada’s transportation network, which enable personal mobility and transport of goods that support trade and economic development of neighbouring communities. Highway bridges should be designed and maintained to last at least 75 years with minimum maintenance. The average service life of bridge structures vary from 30 years to 100 years, which are continually extended by using different maintenance and rehabilitation strategies. Different technologies are used for bridge life extensions, including different combinations of protective systems, repair, strengthening, rehabilitation, and replacement actions of decks, superstructures, substructures and entire bridges. The growing concerns with aging bridges, increased load and reduced strength, environmental protection and vulnerability to extreme events require the development of resilient transportation infrastructure that minimizes traffic disruption and ensures social, economic and environmental sustainability and resilience over the entire life cycle of the bridge. Given the considerable uncertainty that is associated with the key parameters and physical models that affect the life cycle performance of highway bridges, there is a need to develop robust mechanistic and stochastic models to predict the service life of bridges. This paper presents a practical reliability-based approach for the life cycle design of resilient concrete bridges that enables to achieve long life bridges with an acceptable probability of failure, which minimizes traffic disruption and reduces the life cycle costs to the bridge owners and users. An example illustrates the benefits of implementing a life cycle-based design approach through the construction of high performance concrete highway bridge structures that yield lower risk of failure when compared to conventional normal concrete construction, in terms of lower traffic disruption, life cycle costs to the bridge owners and users; lower CO2 emissions and volume of construction waste materials; and reduced accident costs.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationConstruction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC numberNRC-CONST-56184
NPARC number21275406
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