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Study of displacements of a bridge abutment using FEM

Michał Wymysłowski
  • Gdańsk University of Technology, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Gdańsk, Poland, e-mail: zonkis@wp.pl
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Published Online: 2016-07-15 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sgem-2016-0020


Steel sheet piles are often used to support excavations for bridge foundations. When they are left in place in the permanent works, they have the potential to increase foundation bearing capacity and reduce displacements; but their presence is not usually taken into account in foundation design. In this article, the results of finite element analysis of a typical abutment foundation, with and without cover of sheet piles, are presented to demonstrate these effects. The structure described is located over the Więceminka river in the town of Kołobrzeg, Poland. It is a single-span road bridge with reinforced concrete slab.

Keywords: bridge abutment; sheet piling; shallow foundation; displacements of the bridge abutment; deformation of the subsoil; finite element method


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Published Online: 2016-07-15

Published in Print: 2016-06-01

Citation Information: Studia Geotechnica et Mechanica, Volume 38, Issue 2, Pages 61–70, ISSN (Online) 2083-831X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/sgem-2016-0020.

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© 2016 Michał Wymysłowski et al., published by De Gruyter Open. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 3.0 License. BY-NC-ND 3.0

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