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  Volume 2, Number 3, July 2017 , pages 143-163

A combined experimental and numerical method for structural response assessment applied to cable-stayed footbridges
Pawel G. Kossakowski

    This paper presents a non-destructive testing method for estimating the structural response of cable-stayed footbridges. The approach combines field measurements with a numerical static analysis of the structure. When the experimental information concerning the structure deformations is coupled with the numerical data on the structural response, it is possible to calculate the static forces and the design tension resistance in selected structural elements, and as a result, assess the condition of the entire structure. The paper discusses the method assumptions and provides an example of the use of the procedure to assess the load-carrying capacity of a real steel footbridge. The proposed method can be employed to assess cable-stayed structures including those made of other materials, e.g., concrete, timber or composites.
Key Words
    footbridge; cable-stayed footbridge; static tests; numerical simulation
Pawel G. Kossakowski

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