Plate Girder Bridges

Plate girders got to be distinctly famous in the late 1800’s, the point at which they were utilized as a part of development of railroad scaffolds. The plates were consolidated utilizing edges and bolts to get plate girders of coveted size. By 1950’s welded plate girders supplanted bolted and catapulted plate girders in first world because of their better quality, style and economy. Fig 1. demonstrates the cross areas of two basic sorts of plate girder spans. The utilization of plate girders as opposed to rolled beam segments for the two fundamental girders gives the creator flexibility to choose the most efficient girder for the structure. In the event that vast bank fills are required in the ways to deal with the scaffold, keeping in mind the end goal to consent to the base head-room clearance required, the half through bridge is more suitable . This course of action is ordinarily utilized as a part of railroad scaffolds where the most extreme reasonable approach angle for the track is low. For this situation the restriction to horizontal clasping of compression flange is accomplished by a minute opposing U-outline comprising of floor bar and vertical solidness, which are associated together with a moment opposing joint.

Plate girder bridges


The outline rule for primary girders as utilized as a part of structures, was examined in sections on Plate Girders. In the accompanying areas some extra viewpoints that are to be considered in the plan of plate girders in scaffolds, are examined. For the most part, the primary girders require web hardening (either transverse or both transverse and longitudinal) to expand effectiveness. The elements of these web stiffeners are portrayed in the sections on plate girders. In some cases varieties of twisting moments in primary girders may need varieties in rib thickness to get practical plan. This may be expert either by welding extra cover plates or by using thicker spine plate in the backdrop of bigger minute. In long ceaseless ranges (span> 50 m) variable profundity plate girders might be more practical. Introductory outline of principle plate girder is for the most part in light of understanding or thumb standards, for example, those given beneath. Such guidelines likewise give a decent gauge of dead heap of the scaffold structure to be planned. For interstate and railroad spans, characteristic scope of qualities for different general measurements of the primary girders are given underneath:

overall depth, D: l/18  image  D  image  l/12 (Highway bridges)

l/10  image  D  image  l/7 (Railway bridges)

Flange width, 2b: D/4  image  2b  image  D/3

Flange thickness, T: b/12  image  T  image  b/5

Web thickness, t: t  image  D/125

Here, l is the length between the points of zero minute. The point by point configuration procedure to augment girder proficiency fulfilling quality, solidness, firmness, exhaustion or element criteria, as significant, can be then completed. Late improvements in ideal plan techniques permit coordinate outline of girder extensions, considering minimization of weight/cost.

Common types of plate girder bridge

Detailed design of main plate girders in bridges

The load impacts, (for example, bending moment and shear drive) are to be discovered utilizing individual and un-considered load cases. In light of these, the summation of load impacts because of various load effects for different load variables are gotten. Since extensions are subjected to cyclic stacking and consequently are helpless against exhaustion, redistribution of strengths because of plastic instrument development is not allowed under BS 5400: Part – 3. The outline is made in view of Limit State of fall for the material utilized considering the accompanying:

  • Shape restriction in light of neighborhood clasping
  • Parallel torsional clasping
  • Web clasping
  • Connection of bending and shear
  • Exhaustion impact

Shape restriction dependent on local clasping

Contingent upon the kind of cross segment (reduced or non-smaller) the variety of stress over the profundity at failure changes. A conservative area can grow full plastic moment i.e. rectangular stress block as appeared in fig. Prior to the advancement of this full plastic moment, local buckling of individual part plates ought not to happen. In this manner the compact area ought to have least thickness of components on the pressure zone to such an extent that they don’t clasp locally before the whole pressure zone yields in pressure. The base thickness of components for an average smaller segment is appeared in Fig, where fy is to be substituted in SI units (MPa).

Design stresses for plate girder

Design Stress

Shape limitations for plate girder

Shape Limitations for plate girder

The segment that does not satisfy the base thickness rule of compact area is characterized as non-compact segment. A non-compact area may clasp locally before full segment plastic limit is come to. Along these lines the plan of such segment depends on triangular stress block wherein yielding at the outrageous fiber, as appeared in, cutoff the outline minute. The minute limit of the minimal and non-conservative cross areas can be assessed by the accompanying formulae:


Indeed, even in the compact area, the utilization of plastic modulus does not suggest that plastic analysis representing minute redistribution is substance. BS 5400:Part – 3 blocks plastic analysis and does not permit any moment redistribution to be measured. This is to maintain a strategic distance from rehashed plastification under cyclic stacking and the ensuing low cycle weariness disappointment. At the point when non-minimal areas are utilized the redistribution won’t happen and henceforth plastic analysis is not pertinent.

Parallel torsional buckling

A common scaffold girder with a segment of the traverse, over which the pressure rib is along the side unreasonable, is appeared in Fig such a girder is defenseless to sidelong torsional buckling. Fig demonstrates an along the side buckled view of a part of the traverse. The removals at mid traverse, where the shaft is along the side limited, will be just vertical, as appeared in Fig A part of the pillar between restrictions can decipher downwards and sideways and pivot about shear focus. Disappointment may then be administered by horizontal torsional buckling. This sort of failure relies on upon the intemperate length of pressure rib, the geometry of cross area, minute inclination and so forth. The methodology in detail for computing the estimation of the constraining compressive stress is specified in parts on along the side unrestrained pillars.

Lateral bracing for plate girders

Modes of instability of plate girders Fig: Modes of instability of plate girder

Plate girders have a low torsional firmness and a high proportion of significant hub to minor pivot moment of the inertia. Hence, when they bend about real hub, they are extremely inclined to horizontal torsional shakiness as appeared in Fig. Ample imperviousness to such precariousness must be given amid development. In the finished structure, the pressure flange is normally balanced out by the deck.

In the event that the unrestrained flange is in pressure, distortional bucklingg, Fig, is a conceivable method of failure and such cases must be satisfactorily supported. Consequently, sidelong bracings are an arrangement of cross casings and bracings situated in the level at the pressure flange of the girder, with a specific end goal to build parallel strength. Loads that demonstration transverse on the plate girders additionally cause the parallel bowing and the major contribution is from wind loads. Since plate girders can be profound, increment in girder profundity makes a bigger surface zone over which wind burdens can act. This, notwithstanding bringing on horizontal bowing, adds to instability of pressure flange of the girder. Subsequently, outline of sidelong propping ought to assess this impact moreover. Triangulated propping as appeared in Fig. is accommodated deck kind of plate girder scaffolds to build parallel security of pressure rib. Be that as it may, it cannot be received for the half-through or through girder spans since it meddles with elements of the scaffold. In these cases, the deck is composed as a flat pillar giving limitation against interpretation at its level and the rib far from the deck is balanced out by U-outline activity as appeared in Fig. The level of sidelong limitation gave to the pressure spine by U-outline activity relies on the transverse part, the two networks of the fundamental girder (counting any related vertical stiffener) and their associations. For this situation, the compelling length of a pressure rib is normally figured like the hypothesis of shafts on flexible establishments, the versatile backings being the U-outlines.

Plate Girder Bridges

Plate girder bridges

Plate girder bridges