Effect of Pier Vertical Deformations on Deflections of Main Girders for High Pier and Long-Span Continuous Rigid-Frame Bridges
In some long-span prestressed concrete box girder bridges, excessive deflections of main girders are often observed. These unacceptable deflections have detrimental influence on the serviceability and safety of the structures. To better understand and estimate short term and long term deflections for prestressed concrete box girder bridges, pier vertical deformation and its effect on deflections of main girders of Jinghe Bridg is investigated in this paper. Piers in Jinghe Bridge are tall and the difference in height between piers up to 22 m. Analysis indicates that although the short term deformations of piers are small, the long term deformations of piers can be 3 times as large as that of short-term ones. The maximum short-term downward deflection of Jinghe Bridge caused by pier deformation for main girders is 7.7 mm and the maximum long-term downward deflection is 33.3 mm. These values are relatively small compared with the span length of the bridge. But when the deflection of the main girder itself is also included, the final total deflection of the main girder may exceed the design code limit.
J. S. Du and H. B. Liu, "Effect of Pier Vertical Deformations on Deflections of Main Girders for High Pier and Long-Span Continuous Rigid-Frame Bridges", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 163-167, pp. 1436-1439, 2011