The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 57 (1979) > Issues > Issue 6 > Model Analysis of a Bridge Abutment
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Model Analysis of a Bridge Abutment

This paper describes the construction and testing of a one-eighth scale concrete model of a bridge abutment with wing walls cantilevered from large torsion blocks. The model strains at working loads are compared with those predicted by traditional and computer methods of analysis. The mudel performed satisfactorily up to ultimate load, but failure of the wing walls was sudden owing to longitudinal tensile cracking in the string course. P. Lindsell and A. El-Dharat