Assessment of a concrete arch bridge using static and dynamic load tests

B. Ozden Caglayan, Kadir Ozakgul*, Ovunc Tezer

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Assessment of a monumental concrete arch bridge with a total length of 210 meters having three major spans of 30 meters and a height of 65 meters, which is located in an earthquake-prone region in southern part of the country is presented in this study. Three-dimensional finite element model of the bridge was generated using a commercially available general finite element analysis software and based on the outcomes of a series of in-depth acceleration measurements that were conducted on-site, the model was refined. By using the structural parameters obtained from the dynamic and the static tests, calibrated model of the bridge structure was obtained and this model was used for necessary calculations regarding structural assessment and evaluation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-94
Number of pages12
JournalStructural Engineering and Mechanics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Concrete arch bridge
  • Dynamic test
  • Impact factor
  • Model calibration
  • Rating factor


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