Date of Award

4-2016

Degree Name

Master of Science in Engineering

Department

Civil and Construction Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Haluk Aktan

Second Advisor

Dr. Upul Attanayake

Third Advisor

Dr. Yufeng Hu

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

Slide-in bridge construction (SIBC) is a special method especially used to replace an existing bridge with the minimum duration road closure. In this method, new bridge superstructure is built next to the existing one and it is slid to its final position after demolishing the existing one. Applied implementations of SIBC show that several complications are experienced during bridge slide related with surface interaction. There is a need to evaluate the structural components of SIBC to develop suggestions. In this research, structural components of SIBC were investigated. The research dealt with completed SIBC implementations and numerical modelling of the slide process with performed simulations to understand the fundamental parameters that influence the slide process. Potential difficulties which may occur during the slide are identified as an outcome of simulations as a result of an understanding fundamentals of sliding process. The results of the research is intended for developing standard procedures that overcomes the difficulties observed in implemented projects.

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