A viscoelastic model for the long-term deflection of segmental prestressed box girders

Beltempo, Angela and Bursi, Oreste S. and Cappello, Carlo and Zonta, Daniele and Zingales, Massimiliano (2017) A viscoelastic model for the long-term deflection of segmental prestressed box girders. Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering. pp. 1-15. ISSN 1467-8667

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    Abstract

    Most of segmental prestressed concrete box girders exhibit excessive multidecade deflections unforeseeable by past and current design codes. To investigate such a behavior, mainly caused by creep and shrinkage phenomena, an effective finite element (FE) formulation is presented in this article. This formulation is developed by invoking the stationarity of an energetic principle for linear viscoelastic problems and relies on the Bazant creep constitutive law. A case study representative of segmental prestressed concrete box girders susceptible to creep is also analyzed in the article, that is, the Colle Isarco viaduct. Its FE model, based on the aforementioned energetic formulation, was successfully validated through the comparison with monitoring field data. As a result, the proposed 1D FE model can effectively reproduce the past behavior of the viaduct and predict its future behavior with a reasonable run time, which represents a decisive factor for the model implementation in a decision support system.