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Steel and Composite Structures   Volume 27, Number 2, April25 2018, pages 217-227
FEM simulation of a full-scale loading-to-failure test of a corrugated steel culvert
Amer Wadi, Lars Pettersson and Raid Karoumi

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    This paper utilizes 3D FEM to provide deeper insights about the structural behaviour of a 6.1 m span steel culvert, which was previously tested under extreme loading. The effect of different input parameters pertaining to the backfill soil has been investigated, where the structural response is compared to field measurements. The interface choice between the steel and soil materials was also studied. The results enabled to realize the major influence of the friction angle on the load effects. Moreover, the analyses showed some differences concerning the estimation of failure load, whereas reasons beyond this outcome were arguably presented and discussed.
Key Words
    flexible culvert; soil-steel composite bridge; corrugated steel; finite element model; ultimate limit state; failure test
(1) Amer Wadi, Raid Karoumi:
Division of Structural Engineering and Bridges, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, SE-100 44, Stockholm, Sweden;
(2) Lars Pettersson:
Skanska Sweden AB - Major Projects, SE-112 74, Stockholm, Sweden;
(3) Amer Wadi:
ViaCon AB, SE-531 02, Lidkoping, Sweden.

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