Numerous bridges of the Italian arterial road network were designed for live loads significantly lower than those produced by the current vehicular traffic. Many of them are masonry arch bridges whose load carrying capacity should be assessed for defining the necessary strengthening in-terventions. In the present paper the design criteria for strengthening masonry bridges with carbon fiber reinforced cementitious matrix (C-FRCM) materials are presented with reference to a masonry arch road bridge built right after the second world war. Methods: The structure is analyzed both in its original and in its strengthened configuration following the approach of the collapse mechanisms. The considered approach allows to capture the strengthening effect of the C-FRCM material in terms of modification of the collapse mechanism and increase of the load collapse multiplier. Two different configurations of C-FRCM strengthening material applied at the extrados have been considered. In the first configuration the ends of the C-FRCM material are anchored at the vaults imposts, while in the second configuration they are not anchored at the imposts. Results: To obtain load collapse multipliers greater than one three layers of C-FRCM strengthening material have to be applied at the extrados of all the three vaults in the case of end anchored strengthened material, while in the case of unanchored strengthening material four layers of C-FRCM strengthening material have to be applied at the extrados of all the three vaults.

Carbon-FRCM materials for structural upgrade of masonry arch road bridges

FOCACCI, FRANCESCO
Conceptualization
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2015-01-01

Abstract

Numerous bridges of the Italian arterial road network were designed for live loads significantly lower than those produced by the current vehicular traffic. Many of them are masonry arch bridges whose load carrying capacity should be assessed for defining the necessary strengthening in-terventions. In the present paper the design criteria for strengthening masonry bridges with carbon fiber reinforced cementitious matrix (C-FRCM) materials are presented with reference to a masonry arch road bridge built right after the second world war. Methods: The structure is analyzed both in its original and in its strengthened configuration following the approach of the collapse mechanisms. The considered approach allows to capture the strengthening effect of the C-FRCM material in terms of modification of the collapse mechanism and increase of the load collapse multiplier. Two different configurations of C-FRCM strengthening material applied at the extrados have been considered. In the first configuration the ends of the C-FRCM material are anchored at the vaults imposts, while in the second configuration they are not anchored at the imposts. Results: To obtain load collapse multipliers greater than one three layers of C-FRCM strengthening material have to be applied at the extrados of all the three vaults in the case of end anchored strengthened material, while in the case of unanchored strengthening material four layers of C-FRCM strengthening material have to be applied at the extrados of all the three vaults.
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