Life cycle analysis of steel railway bridges

D. Peng, R. Jones, K. Cairns, J. Baker, A. McMillan

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This paper focuses on the growth of cracks that arise from natural corrosion in steel bridges. It is shown that these two effects of corrosion and stress, need to be simultaneously analysed. A methodology used to compute the growth of such cracks in bridge steels is presented. A better understanding of the remaining life of steel bridges would help establish an assessment procedure and guide engineers when deciding between reinforcement and replacement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-399
Number of pages15
JournalTheoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018


  • Corrosion
  • Fatigue crack growth
  • Remaining life
  • Steel bridges

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