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Finite Element Simulation of Temperature Variations in Concrete Bridge Girders

Hongzhi Liu1, Shasha Wu1, Yongjun Zhang2,*, Tongxu Hu2

1 Shandong Urban Construction Vocational College, Jinan, 250103, China
2 School of Civil Engineering, Qingdao University of Technology, Qingdao, 266033, China

* Corresponding Author: Yongjun Zhang. Email: email

(This article belongs to this Special Issue: Computational Mechanics and Fluid Dynamics in Intelligent Manufacturing and Material Processing)

Fluid Dynamics & Materials Processing 2023, 19(6), 1551-1572.


The internal temperature of cast-in-place concrete bridges undergoes strong variations during the construction as a result of environmental factors. In order to determine precisely such variations, the present study relies on the finite element method, used to model the bridge box girder section and simulate the internal temperature distribution during construction. The numerical results display good agreement with measured temperature values. It is shown that when the external temperature is higher, and the internal and external temperature difference is relatively small, the deviation of the fitting line from existing specifications (Chinese specification, American specification, New Zealand specification) is relatively large and vice versa.


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Liu, H., Wu, S., Zhang, Y., Hu, T. (2023). Finite Element Simulation of Temperature Variations in Concrete Bridge Girders. FDMP-Fluid Dynamics & Materials Processing, 19(6), 1551–1572.

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