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This report describes stress calculations carried out to investigate the influence of various design details on the stress level in fatigue-sensitive regions in order to improve the fatigue strength of orthotropic decks. Experiments were performed to simulate a service-like load case not tested until now. High local stresses were measured and the fatigue life of specimens of nearly original size was determined by testing.

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Authors: LEHRKE H P, Fraunhofer-Institut für Betriebsfestigkeit, Darmstadt (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 16851 EN (1997) 28pp., FS, ECU 7.00
Availability: Available from the (2)
ISBN: ISBN 92-828-1396-7
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