Title page for ETD etd-11072012-040204
|Type of Document
||Brown, William Augustin
||Analysis of the top slab of a skewed rigid frame bridge for extension
||Master of Science
|Pardue, Louis A.
|Pletta, Dan H.
|Whittemore, John A.
|Date of Defense
The search for a better method of analyzing skew arches and rigid
frames has gone on for years. During that time many theories were
presented, most of which were an improvement or a simplification of
previous methods. However, no exact analytical solution, based on
classical plate theory, for the analysis of skewed plates as found in
rigid-frame bridges had been developed prior to this thesis. As
previously mentioned, the complete solution is being presented in
three separate theses. This thesis contains all the equations needed
for the analysis that arise from considering the extensional forces
acting in the skewed slab. All the equations have been given in the
form of an infinite series. These equations, together with the ones
for the other parts of this problem, must be expanded for a few terms,
combined and solved. Due to the size and number of equations involved,
the only practical solution would involve the use of a modern high-speed computer. Since Virginia Polytechnic Institute has a computer
of this type, the entire analysis could he completed at the college.
Once the results are obtained, a comparison can be made with the experimental
analysis referred to in the thesis.
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