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Design Example for Prestressed Concrete (PSC) Girder Superstructure Bridge Technical Report Documentation Page

Comprehensive Design Example for Prestressed
Concrete (PSC) Girder Superstructure Bridge
With Commentary

Technical Report Documentation Page
1. Report No.
FHWA NHI-04-043
2. Government Accession No. 3. Recipient's Catalog No.
4. Title and Subtitle
Comprehensive Design Example for Prestressed Concrete (PSC)
Girder Superstructure Bridge with Commentary
(in US Customary Units)
5. Report Date
November 2003
6. Performing Organization Code

8. Performing Organization Report No.

7. Author(s)
Wagdy G. Wassef, Ph.D., P.E., Christopher Smith, E.I.T.
Chad M. Clancy, P.E., Martin J. Smith, P.E.
9. Performing Organization Name and Address
Modjeski and Masters, Inc.
P.O.Box 2345
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17105
10.   Work Unit ( TRAIS)
11. Contract or Grant No.
13. Type of Report and Period Covered
Final Submission
August 2002 - November 2003
12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address
Federal Highway Administration
National Highway Institute (HNHI-10)
4600 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 800
Arlington, Virginia 22203
14. Sponsoring Agency Code
15. Supplementary Notes
Modjeski and Masters Principle Investigator and Project Manager:
Wagdy G. Wassef , Ph.D., P.E.
FHWA Contracting Officer's Technical Representative: Thomas K. Saad, P.E.
Team Leader, Technical Review Team: Jerry Potter, P.E.
16.  Abstract

This document consists of a comprehensive design example of a prestressed concrete girder bridge. The superstructure consists of two simple spans made continuous for live loads. The substructure consists of integral end abutments and a multi-column intermediate bent. The document also includes instructional commentary based on the AASHTO-LRFD Bridge Design Specifications (Second Edition, 1998, including interims for 1999 through 2002). The design example and commentary are intended to serve as a guide to aid bridge design engineers with the implementation of the AASHTO-LRFD Bridge Design Specifications. This document is offered in US Customary Units. An accompanying document in Standard International (SI) Units is offered under report No. FHWA NHI-04-044.

This document includes detailed flowcharts outlining the design steps for all components of the bridge. The flowcharts are cross-referenced to the relevant specification articles to allow easy navigation of the specifications. Detailed design computations for the following components are included: concrete deck, prestressed concrete I-girders, elastomeric bearing, integral abutments and wing walls, multi-column bent and pile and spread footing foundations.

In addition to explaining the design steps of the design example, the comprehensive commentary goes beyond the specifics of the design example to offer guidance on different situations that may be encountered in other bridges.

17. Key Words
Bridge Design, Prestressed Concrete, Load and Resistance
Factor Design, LRFD, Concrete Deck, Intermediate Bent,
Integral Abutment, Wingwall, Pile Foundation, Spread
18. Distribution Statement
No restrictions. This document is available to the public from the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Virginia 22161 and from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402.
19. Security Classif. (of this report) Unclassified 20. Security Classif. (of this page)
21. No. of Pages
22. Price

Form DOT F 1700.7 (8-72) Reproduction of completed page authorized


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