Numerical modelling of the hygro-thermal response of timber bridges during their service life: A monitoring case-study

Stefania Fortino (Corresponding Author), Alessandra Genoese, Andrea Genoese, Lina Nunes, Pedro Palma

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    The monitoring of timber bridges during their service life is important for the maintenance plans of these structures. Numerical modelling can integrate the monitoring techniques by reducing the needed inspections and the maintenance costs. In this paper a 3D computational model based on a well assessed multi-Fickian theory is implemented in Abaqus FEM code. The hygro-thermal response of a timber pedestrian bridge is simulated during a period of its service life. The numerical results are in agreement with measurements taken by a sensor-based technique. Conclusions are given on the moisture gradients which could generate the so-called moisture induced stresses (MIS).
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1225-1234
    Number of pages9
    JournalConstruction and Building Materials
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed



    • Timber bridges
    • Variable environment
    • Monitoring techniques
    • Moisture induced stresses (MIS)
    • Multi-Fickian models
    • Finite element method
    • Abaqus code
    • ProperTune

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