This paper presents a new method for deck-to-girder connections of glass fibre reinforced polymer (GFRP) bridge decks. To design the connection system, a GFRP deck in a rectangular cross-sectional shape is considered. The size of the shear bolts, bolt location, bolt spacing, and the size and type of stiffening plate are the variables considered in the design. The behavior of the proposed deck-to-girder connection system was analysed using commercial finite element analysis software. The failure of the connection system was checked by the Tsai-Hill criterion. Effective deck-to-girder connection details for GFRP bridge decks are identified and presented based on the results of the analysis.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Civil and Structural Engineering
- Environmental Science(all)