Repair, strengthening and upgrading of steel bridges in The Netherlands

H.H. Snijder, B.H. Hesselink

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After World War II, many steel bridges were designed and built in The Netherlands. Many of these bridges are now of a substantial age and were designed for static and fatigue loading less severe than eventually present during their lifetime. Many of these bridges now show (fatigue) damage. Depending on the nature of the damage, these bridges can either be replaced, or a reinforcing substructure can be added, or the visible damage can be repaired and the bridge can be locally strengthened. In many cases, it has to be shown that the bridge is fit for purpose for future use, meaning that upgrading may be necessary. These bridges are now being reassessed and any possible conservatism in these assessments needs to be excluded to avoid unnecessary strengthening. The paper gives practical examples of repair, strengthening and upgrading techniques for steel bridges.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEngineering the Future : Proceedings of the 39th IABSE Symposium, 21-23 September 2017, Vancouver, Canada
Place of Publications.l.
PublisherInternational Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)987-3-85748-153-6
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event39th IABSE Symposium in Vancouver 2017: Engineering the Future: Engineering the Future - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 21 Sep 201723 Sep 2017


Conference39th IABSE Symposium in Vancouver 2017: Engineering the Future
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  • Assessment
  • Bridges
  • Codes
  • Fatigue
  • Repair
  • Standards
  • Steel
  • Strengthening
  • Upgrading


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