The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 70 (1992) > Issues > Issue 15 > Tests on Bonded Transverse Intermediate Web Stiffeners
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Tests on Bonded Transverse Intermediate Web Stiffeners

Adhesive bonding techniques may offer the steel fabrication industries an alternative to traditional mechanical fastening methods. Particular advantages may be obtained by utilising adhesives to strengthen existing fatigue-prone steel structures such as long-span bridges or offshore platforms. This paper considers the structural performances of welded and bonded transverse intermediate web stiffener details. It is demonstrated that bonded stiffeners offer superior fatigue resistance and can operate successfully under ultimate load conditions. D.M. Martin