InTrans / Aug 14, 2018

Improved Modeling of Historic Covered Bridges, Phase IIU

Covered bridges are complex structures containing eccentric connections, various load paths, connection uncertainty between the subassemblies (trusses and arches), and interaction between trusses and their housing (Figure 1). When these factors are combined with material variability, the conclusion that some bridges just shouldn‰Ûªt be standing is an understandable option. As noted in the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) publication FHWA-HRT-04-098, Covered Bridge Manual, there are inconsistencies with the assumptions of traditional simple, static analyses of trusses that are frequently used to analyze covered bridges.