Fatigue-Detailing of Skewed Steel Through-Girder Rail Bridges: Regional Rail Project, Melbourne
- Publication no: ABC-DES102-14
- Published: 22 October 2014
The south-west of Melbourne has experienced huge residential development, and a corresponding increase in rail patronage. The Regional Rail Project effected the separation of Regional and Metropolitan lines between Southern Cross Station, and Werribee, 50 kilometres distant. This separation has allowed an increase in the number of passenger journeys, and has also reduced travel times. Two additional Regional (country) tracks were also provided.This paper is written in respect of Works Package C, for which a number of similar steel-through-girder rail bridges have been constructed. These bridges have skewed abutments. Only the rail bridge over Anderson Road is covered by this paper.Best-practice approaches to fatigue detailing are discussed, as well as an unusual semi-empirical method by which the capacity-protection of a concrete column-to-crosshead knee-connection was demonstrated.