This two-day training course presents relevant issues related to fatigue and fracture in steel bridges, including analysis, design, evaluation, repair, and retrofit. It is based on the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications, Eighth Edition, as well as the AASHTO Manual for Bridge Evaluation, Second Edition, with Interim Revisions through 2016. Participant Exercises, Guided Walk Throughs, and videos are included throughout the training to aid bridge engineers with the implementation of the presented information.
This course consists of three modules. The first module serves as a general introduction to the class. The second module covers fundamentals, and it includes four lessons - Introduction to Fatigue and Fracture, Crack Growth in Steel Structures, Theory, and Characterizing Fatigue and Fracture in Bridge Members. The third module covers application, and it includes five lessons - Analysis for Fatigue, AASHTO Design Approach for Fatigue, AASHTO Design Approach for Fracture, AASHTO Evaluation Approach, and Retrofit and Repair.
The curriculum materials include a comprehensive Reference Manual in CD format (FHWA Publication No. FHWA-NHI-16-016), lecture and workshop exercises intended to promote or enhance a working knowledge of AASHTO LRFD, and a participant workbook for lecture notes and exercises.
Individuals attending this course should have a minimum BSCE degree. They should also have a working knowledge of the current AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications and should have relevant design experience using this specification on at least one steel bridge superstructure.
There are no NHI prerequisites for this course. However, select topics of this course are also addressed in NHI Courses 130078 (Fracture Critical Inspection Techniques for Steel Bridges), 130081 (LRFD for Highway Bridge Superstructures), and 130095 (LRFD and Analysis of Curved Steel Highway Bridges).
The primary audience for this course includes State DOT Bridge and Structures Engineers and Practitioners responsible for steel bridge design and evaluation. The target audience includes engineers at all levels, including designers, consultants, reviewers, maintenance and management engineers, and load raters.
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