KEM 2009 DOI: 10.4028/ View full text
Chung Sheng Wang, Xiao Hong Dong, Wen Hui Miao, Gan Li

Abstract: Generally, fatigue has not been considered as a key problem in the design of reinforced concrete bridges. Until the 1960s, reinforcement was mild steel and the stresses permitted in the steel bar and the concrete were such that fatigue and fracture failure was believed to be impossible. With the developments of reinforced concrete structures, higher working stresses were permitted and, in particular, high yield reinforcing bars were introduced. Design rules were issued to control cracking and to prohibit weldi…

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