Capacity Analysis of Gusset Plates in Truss Bridge Connections Using the Federal Highway Administration and Finite Element Methods.

Rosenstrauch, Paul.

Abstract: The 2007 collapse of the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota led to additional load rating requirements for gusset plates. The Federal Highway Administration provided the direct tension and block shear methods to assess tensile capacity for use in load rating, as well as a mechanics based method to assess shear capacity on critical planes. However, the three methods provide little inf... read more

Tufts University. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
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