Behavior of Masonry Bearing Plates in Highway Bridges

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Title: Behavior of Masonry Bearing Plates in Highway Bridges

Author(s): A. Saxena and E. McEwen

Publication: Special Publication

Volume: 94

Issue:

Appears on pages(s): 523-542

Keywords: bridge bearings; concrete blocks; failure mechanisms; stresses; finite-element method; highway bridges; loads (forces); masonry; strains; stress concentration; structural analysis; Structural Research

Date: 7/1/1987

Abstract:
A highway bridge pot-bearing system was modeled using nonlinear finite elements to analytically trace the load distribution patterns and failure modes. Material properties for the concrete block supporting the bearing were represented by a modified consti