Fatigue of Steel Bridges - 1st edition

25 - 27 September 2017,  3 days

Venue: Hotel Holiday Inn, Lisbon

Organizer: CMM - Associação Portuguesa de Construção Metálica e Mista

Main objective: providing the knowledge and tools required to design a bridge structure so that it has an adequate fatigue life.

Side objectives:


Reference standards:

Coordinator: Prof. Luís Borges | Structurame

Speakers: Prof. Luís Borges | Structurame; Prof. Johan Maljaars | TNO

  • Phenomenon of fatigue: Obtain knowledge on the basics of fatigue and fracture of (welded, bolted and riveted) joints, including the aspects that are relevant and that are less relevant.
  • Designing for fatigue: basics of calculation using S-N curves, background of S-N curves, scatter in fatigue strength, importance of execution quality.
  • Fatigue loads in bridges: measurements of road traffic, measurements of rail traffic, determining which load effects are important, relationship with fatigue load models in standards.
  • Stress definition: when to use nominal stress, geometric stress and effective notch stress. How to extract the correct stresses from the finite element method.
  • Fatigue of orthotropic bridge decks: issues, remedies, repair and strengthening methods.
  • Remaining life after inspection: how to determine the remaining life and inspection intervals using fracture mechanics.
  • Introduction into fatigue and fracture
  • Fatigue of parent metal and cables
  • Fatigue of welded joints
  • Fatigue of bolted and riveted joints
  • Orthotropic bridge decks
  • Fluctuating loads on bridges
  • Determination of stresses
  • Fracture mechanics
  • Practical examples
  • EN 1993-2: Eurocode 3: Design of steel structures - Part 2: Steel bridges
  • EN1993-1-9: Eurocode 3: Design of steel structures - Part 1-9: Fatigue
  • EN1993-1-10: Eurocode 3: Design of steel structures - Part 1-10: Material toughness and through-thickness properties
  • BS 7910:2013 Guide to methods for assessing the acceptability of flaws in metallic structures

Applies to Eurocodes: