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Experimental investigation of soil - structure interaction for transition slabs of integral bridges

This paper presents the results of an experimental test series on the soil-structure-pavement interaction in the vicinity of the transition slab at the end of an integral bridge. The main function of transition slabs is to ease the transition between the bridge deck and the embankment in case of differential settlements. Additionally, in the case of integral bridges, they can solve the problem of moderate imposed longitudinal deformations at the bridge ends. In this case, the displacements imposed to the transition slab can lead to vertical and longitudinal surface displacements and to cracking of the pavement. Based on the observed behaviour, some recommendations are proposed for the geometry and surface conditions to optimise the behaviour of the transition slabs.

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