Numerical Modelling of a Large Scale Model Masonry Arch Bridge

Y. Tao, Jian-Fei Chen, Tim Stratford, Jin Ooi

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Abstract / Description of output

The behaviour of masonry arch bridges with sand backfills is extremely complex because it involves not only complex materials including sand, brick units and mortar, but also many highly nonlinear interfaces between these materials. This paper summarises several FE modelling techniques for such a complex bridge at different levels of sophistication. Their accuracy and suitability are assessed by comparing their predictions with a large scale model bridge test results.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2012
EventStructural Faults and Repair 2012 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Jul 20125 Jul 2012


ConferenceStructural Faults and Repair 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Masonary arch
  • finite element model
  • interface element
  • backfill
  • model strategies


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