Heat Straightening of Impacted Steel Girders

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Recent studies in Maryland have shown that approximately one out of every five overpasses has been struck by an over-height vehicle. One-sixth of these bridges have received considerable damages, and required repair. Bridges that are hit are more likely to be located over interstate highways and are more likely to be hit more than once. The use of heatstraightening to repair damaged steel dates back to the 1930s, with low steel grades. Heatstraightening for steel bridge girders has tended to be more of an art than a science, with techniques passed from one practitioner to the next without proper technical documentations regarding: (1) how many times heat-straightening may be considered for different steel grades; (2) the behavior of built-up and rolled shapes during and after heat straightening; and (3) other technical issues including twisting damage of the web of the steel girders, crack migration after heat-straightening, flexural damage in both the major and minor axis, and localized bulges in the steel plates.
Effective start/end date7/1/076/30/08


  • KY Transportation Cabinet


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