The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 64 (1986) > Issues > Issue 13 > The Influence of Compressive Membrane Action on the Serviceability of Beam and Slab Bridge Decks
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The Influence of Compressive Membrane Action on the Serviceability of Beam and Slab Bridge Decks

This paper gives details of a joint research project into the economic design of M-beam bridge decks. The results are presented of serviceability tests on the standard 160 mm reinforced concrete slab of a M-beam deck with the beams at up to twice the normal spacing. Within the slab the level of reinforcement ranged from 0.25% to 1.7% with the bars at a constant spacing of 150 mm. J. Kirkpatrick, G.I.B. Rankin and Professor A.E. Long