Response of the Confederation Bridge to Ice Action

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Proceedings titleProceedings 2000 Annual Conference of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering Proceedings CSCE'00
Pages434441; # of pages: 8
AbstractThe Confederation Bridge is a 13 km long structure which spans the Northumberland Strait, connecting Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick. Because of the uniqueness of the structure, an extensive monitoring and research program is being carried out. A complimentary program is being conducted to measure the response of the bridge piers to the effects of drifting pack ice near the center of the Strait. Instrumentation to measure pier tilt was installed inside two piers adjacent to the navigation span. Pier tilt records for the period of February to April 1999 were obtained. Complimentary measurements of meteorological, ice and oceanographic parameters were also made. The method for analysing pier response to ice effects is described and illustrated for a case where the ice is exerting a load on a pier. A discussion of the method for using measured pier response to determine pack ice pressure is given.
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AffiliationNational Research Council Canada; NRC Canadian Hydraulics Centre
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NPARC number12328159
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