Partial safety factors for assessment of existing bridges

DV Val*, MG Stewart

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    As civil infrastructure is aging, the assessment of existing structures including bridges is becoming increasingly important. Current bridge codes have been developed for new design and are not efficient for assessment because of significant differences between these two situations. One of the main differences is the possibility to update information about an existing bridge. The paper proposes how updating can be taken into account in the context of current code safety formats such as the partial factor and LRFD formats. Different sources of information for updating including on-site inspection, proof load testing and past performance of a bridge are considered.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationApplications of statistics and probability : civil engineering reliability and risk analysis
    Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the ICASP 8 Conference
    EditorsRE Melchers, MG Stewart
    Place of PublicationLeiden
    PublisherAugust Aimé Balkema
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Print) 9789058090867, 90-5809-086-8
    Publication statusPublished - 2000
    Event8th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability - SYDNEY, Australia
    Duration: 12 Dec 199915 Dec 1999


    Conference8th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability
    Abbreviated titleICASP 8


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