Influence of the patch loading length on the buckling coefficient of longitudinally stiffened plate girders




finite element analysis, patch loading, longitudinal stiffeners, buckling coefficient, plate girders


Currently, one of the most used steel bridge assembly methods is the Incremental Launching Method (ILM). Its practical application consists in passing the bridge assembly through a launching shoe as well as over each support pile. For steel plate girders, a concentrate vertical reaction also known as patch loading is generated over one the flanges when ILM is employed, and depending on the geometrical and material properties of the girder, buckling failure in the web panel may occur. To overcome this type of failure, plate girders are reinforced with longitudinal stiffeners. Therefore, this paper aims at investigating the effect of the bearing length on the elastic buckling behavior of longitudinally stiffened girder webs subjected to patch loading. Buckling coefficients of longitudinally stiffened girder webs are calculated by means of linear finite element analysis. Furthermore, a parametric analysis is performed to study the influence of other geometric parameters such as the panel aspect ratio and the geometrical properties of the longitudinal stiffener on the buckling coefficient. The results show that for longitudinally stiffened girder webs the buckling coefficient increases with the loading length. However, this conclusion is considerably affected by other factors such as the position of the stiffener, and panel aspect ratios.

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Author Biographies

Nelson Loaiza, National University of Colombia

Faculty of Mines, Department of Civil Engineering. PhD student.

Carlos Graciano, National University of Colombia

Faculty of Mines, Department of Civil Engineering. Assosiate Professor.

Rolando Chacón , Polytechnic University of Catalonia

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Associate Professor.


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How to Cite

Loaiza, N., Graciano, C., & Chacón , R. (2019). Influence of the patch loading length on the buckling coefficient of longitudinally stiffened plate girders. Revista Facultad De Ingeniería Universidad De Antioquia, (91), 60–69.

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