Large-scale physical modelling of soil-filled masonry arch bridges

Augusthus Nelson, L, Swift, GM, Melbourne, C and Smith, C 2017, 'Large-scale physical modelling of soil-filled masonry arch bridges' , International Journal of Physical Modelling in Geotechnics .

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Abstract

The presence of soil backfill has been shown to have a significant influence on the load-carrying capacity of masonry arch bridges, with the soil fill providing a number of important functions, including inter alia, the distribution of surface loads and passive resistance to arch deformation during loading. Large-scale physical modelling allows high quality data to be collected under controlled conditions, while enabling essential aspects of the interaction between the soil fill, the masonry arch and the abutments to be observed. This paper considers the design and construction of a unique test facility that allows large-scale soil filled masonry arch structures to be studied under both quasi-static and cycling loading regimes. Key challenges that needed to be overcome to develop this facility are presented and discussed.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Physical Modelling in Geotechnics
Publisher: ICE publishing
ISSN: 1346-213X
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Funders: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Depositing User: L Augusthus Nelson
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2017 10:44
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2017 03:55
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/41572

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