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Contents
1 Introduction
1.1 Organization 12
1.2 Recommended Reading 12
2 Concrete Box Girder Bridges
2.1 Load Rating  Flexure 21
2.1.1 Rating Factor 21
2.1.2 Flexural Resistance 22
2.1.3 Flexural Resistance Algorithm 23
2.1.4 Rating Factor Algorithm 26
2.2 Load Rating Min Rebar for Flexure 27
2.2.1 Min Rebar for Flexure Algorithm 28
3 Multicell Concrete Box Girder Bridges
3.1 Load Rating  Flexure 32
3.1.1 Rating Factor 32
3.1.2 Flexural Resistance 33
3.1.3 Flexural Resistance Algorithm 33
3.1.4 Live Load Distribution into Girders 37
3.1.5 Rating Factor Algorithm 37
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3.2 Load Rating Min Rebar for Flexure 38
3.2.1 Live Load Distribution into Girders 39
3.2.2 Min Rebar for Flexure Algorithm 39
3.3 Load Rating  Shear AASHTOLRFD2007 310
3.3.1 Rating Factor 310
3.3.2 Live Load Distribution into Girders 311
3.3.3 Shear Resistance 311
3.3.4 Shear Resistance Parameters 312
3.3.5 Shear Resistance Variables 313
3.3.6 Shear Resistance Algorithm 315
3.3.7 Rating Factor Algorithm 319
4 Precast Concrete Girder Bridges with
Composite Slabs
4.1 Load Rating Flexure 42
4.1.1 Rating Factor 42
4.1.2 Flexural Resistance 43
4.1.3 Flexural Resistance Algorithm 43
4.1.4 Live Load Distribution into Girders 47
4.1.5 Rating Factor Algorithm 47
4.2 Load Rating Min Rebar for Flexure 48
4.2.1 Live Load Distribution Into Girders 49
4.2.2 Min Rebar for Flexure Algorithm 410
4.3 Load Rating  Shear AASHTOLRFD2007 410
4.3.1 Rating Factor 410
4.3.2 Live Load Distribution into Girders 411
4.3.3 Shear Resistance 412
4.3.4 Shear Resistance Parameters 412
4.3.5 Shear Resistance Variables 414
4.3.6 Shear Resistance Algorithm 416
4.3.7 Rating Factor Algorithm 419
Contents
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5 Steel ISection with Concrete Slab
5.1 Load Rating 52
5.1.1 Rating Factor 52
5.1.2 Rating Factor Algorithm Flexure 52
5.1.3 Rating Factor Algorithm Shear 53
5.2 Section Properties 53
5.2.1 Section Proportions 53
5.2.2. Yield Moments 54
5.2.3 Plastic Moments 56
5.2.4 Section Classification and Factors 510
5.2.5 Unbraced Length L
b
and Section Transitions 514
5.3 Demand Sets 514
5.3.1 Composite Sections 514
5.3.2 NonComposite Sections 518
5.4 Strength Rating Request 519
5.4.1 Flexure 519
5.4.2 Shear 526
5.5 Service Rating Request 528
5.5.1 Composite Sections 528
5.5.2 NonComposite Sections 530
5.6 Section Optimization 530
Organization 1  1
Chapter 1 Introduction
CSiBridge is the ultimate integrated tool for modeling, analysis,
and design of bridge structures. The ease with which all of these
tasks can be accomplished makes CSiBridge the most versatile
and productive bridge design package in the industry. CSi
Bridge offers an easytouse tool for load rating in accordance
with the AASHTO Manual for Condition Evaluation and Load
and Resistance Factor Rating (LRFR) of Highway Bridges Octo
ber 2003 with 2005 Interim Revisions. This manual describes the
algorithms applied to concrete box, multicell, and precast I or U
girder deck superstructure bridge models.
In the case of concrete box bridges, CSiBridge applies an algo
rithm that idealizes the superstructure as a torsionally stiff single
spine beam, as defined in AASHTO LRFD Section 4.6.1.1.
In the case of a multicell concrete box bridge, CSiBridge analyzes
the superstructure on a girderbygirder (webbyweb) basis while
ignoring the effects of torsion. The user has the option to use the
individual girder demands directly from the CSiBridge model
(available only for Area and Solid models) or use Live Load Dis
tribution (LLD) factors. CSiBridge gives the user a choice of
methods to address distribution of live load to individual girders.
CSiBridge Bridge Rating
1  2 Organization
In the case of precast I or U girder bridges, CSiBridge analyzes
the superstructure on a girderbygirder (beambybeam) basis
while ignoring the effects of torsion. The user has the option to
use the individual girder demands directly from the CSiBridge
model (available only for Area and Solid models) or use Live
Load Distribution (LLD) factors. CSiBridge gives the user a
choice of methods to address distribution of live load to individual
girders.
The evaluation and application of LLD factors is described in de
tail in Chapter 3 of the Bridge Superstructure Design manual.
1.1 Organization
This chapter identifies the applicable code and describes addi
tional sources of information about CSiBridges many features
and advantages. Chapter 2 describes the algorithms for concrete
box deck superstructures. Chapter 3 describes the algorithms for
multicell concrete box deck superstructures. Chapter 4 describes
the algorithms when the deck superstructure is comprised of pre
cast I or U girders with composite slab.
1.2 Recommended Reading
It is strongly recommended that you read this manual and review
any applicable Watch & Learn Series tutorials, which are
found on our web site, http://www.csiberkeley.com, before at
tempting to determine the bridge rating for a concrete box girder
or precast concrete bridge using CSiBridge. Additional informa
tion can be found in the online Help facility available from
within the softwares main menu.
Also, other bridge related manuals include the following:
Defining the Work Flow  Provides an overview of the work
flow when using CSiBridge. That manual includes a descrip
Chapter 1 Introduction
Recommended Reading 1  3
tion of the Bridge Wizard, a stepwise guide through the en
tire model creation, analysis, and design process, and explains
the various tabs, panels, and commands of the user interface
that can be used independently of or in concert with the
Bridge Wizard.
Introduction to CSiBridge Introduces CSiBridge design
when modeling concrete box girder bridges and precast con
crete girder bridges. The basic steps involved in creating a
bridge model are described. Then an explanation of how loads
are applied is provided, including the importance of lanes, ve
hicle definitions, vehicle classes, and load cases. The Intro
duction concludes with an overview of the analysis and dis
play of design output.
Superstructure Design Describes using CSiBridge to
complete bridge design in accordance with the AASHTO
STD 2002 or AASHTO LRFD 2007 code for concrete box
girder bridges or the AASHTO 2007 LRFD code for bridges
when the superstructure includes Precast Concrete Box
bridges with a composite slab. Loading and load combina
tions and well as Live Load Distribution Factors are de
scribed. The manual explains how to define and run a design
request and provides the algorithms used by CSiBridge in
completing concrete box girder, castinplace multicell con
crete box, and precast concrete bridge design in accordance
with the AASHTO code. The manual concludes with a de
scription of design output, which can be presented graphically
as plots, in data tables, and in reports generated using the Ad
vanced Report Writer feature.
Seismic Analysis and Design Describes the eight simple
steps needed to complete response spectrum and pushover
analyses, determine the demand and capacity displacements,
and report the demand/capacity ratios for an Earthquake Re
sisting System (ERS).
Load Rating  Flexure 2  1
Chapter 2 Concrete Box Girder Bridges
This chapter describes the algorithm CSiBridge applies when load
rating concrete box deck superstructures in accordance with the
AASHTO Manual for Condition Evaluation and Load and Resis
tance Factor Rating (LRFR) of Highway Bridges October 2003
with 2005 Interim Revisions.
This algorithm idealizes the superstructure as a torsionally stiff
singlespine beam, as defined in AASHTO LRFD Section 4.6.1.1.
For load rating of multicell concrete boxes using live load distri
bution factors, see Chapter 3.
2.1 Load Rating  Flexure
2.1.1 Rating Factor
n DC DC DW DW P P
L LL IM
M M M M
RF
M
+
= AASHTO LRFR eq. 61
RF = Rating factor calculated by CSiBridge
M
n
= Nominal moment resistance calculated by CSiBridge
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The following values are specified by the user in the Rating Re
quest:
= Resistance factor for flexure; Default Value = 1.0,
Typical value(s): 1.0. The factor is specified in the
Rating Parameters form.
DC
M
DC
= Factored moment demand due to dead load of struc
tural components and attachments. The
DC
factor
shall be included in the combo specified in the DC
Combo demand set.
DW
M
DW
= Factored moment demand due to dead load of wear
ing surface and utilities. The
DW
factor shall be in
cluded in the combo specified in the DW Combo de
mand set.
P
M
P
= Factored moment demand due to permanent loads
other than dead loads. The
P
factor shall be included
in the combo specified in the P Combo demand set.
L
M
LL+IM
= Factored moment demand due to live load. The
L
fac
tor shall be included in the combo specified in the
LL+IM Combo demand set.
2.1.2 Flexural Resistance
The flexural resistance is determined in accordance with ASHTO
LRFD 2007 paragraph 5.7.3.2. The resistance is evaluated only
for bending about horizontal axis 3. Separate resistance is calcu
lated for positive and negative moment.
The moment resistance is based on bonded tendons and longitudi
nal mild steel reinforcement defined in the Bridge Object. It is as
sumed that all defined tendons in a section, stressed or not, have
f
pe
(effective stress after loses) larger than 0.5 f
pu
(specified tensile
strength). If a certain tendon should not be considered for the
flexural resistance calculation, its area must be set to zero.
Chapter 2 Concrete Box Girder Bridges
Load Rating  Flexure 2  3
Only reinforcement in the tensile zone of the section is assumed to
contribute to the moment resistance of the section; reinforcement
in the compression zone is ignored.
2.1.3 Flexural Resistance Algorithm
At each section:
All section properties and demands are converted from CSi
Bridge model units to N, mm.
The equivalent slab thickness is evaluated based on slab area
and slab width assuming a rectangular shape.
slab
slabeq
slab
A
t
b
=
The equivalent web thickness is evaluated as the summation
of all web horizontal thicknesses.
web
webeq web
1
n
b b =

1
stress block factor is evaluated in accordance with 5.7.2.2
based on section
c
f '
if
c
f ' > 28 MPa, then
1
28
max 0 85 0 05 0 65
7
c
f
. . ; . 
'  
=

\ .
else
1
0 85 . .  =
The tendon location, area, and material are read. Only bonded
tendons are processed; unbonded tendons are ignored.
The longitudinal rebar area and material are read.
Tendons and longitudinal reinforcement bars are split into two
groups depending on which sign of moment they resistnegative
or positive. A tendon or rebar is considered to resist a positive
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2  4 Load Rating  Flexure
moment when it is located outside of the top fiber compression
stress block and is considered to resist a negative moment when it
is located outside of the bottom fiber compression stress block. In
accordance with the code, the compression stress block extends
over a zone bounded by the edges of the crosssection and a
straight line located parallel to the neutral axis at the distance a =
1
c from the extreme compression fiber. The distance c is meas
ured perpendicular to the neutral axis.
Since at the time of tendon and rebar sorting into positive and
negative groups the distance c is unknown, it is assumed to be
equal to the distance between the neutral axis and the extreme
compression fiber. The distance c is later revaluated in accordance
with the code equation, but rebar and tendons are not rechecked
for their positive or negative group assignments.
For each tendon group, an area weighted average of the following
values is determined:
sum of the tendon areas, A
PT
distance from the center of gravity of the tendons in the ten
sile zone to the compression fiber, d
P
specified tensile strength of prestressing steel, f
pu
constant k (eq. 5.7.3.1.12)
2 1.04
py
pu
f
k
f
 
=

\ .
For each rebar group the following values are determined:
sum of rebar areas, A
S
distance from the center of gravity of the rebar in the tensile
zone to the compression fiber, d
s
specified minimum yield strength rebar, f
y
The distance c between the neutral axis and the compressive
face is evaluated in accordance with (eq. 5.7.3.1.14).
Chapter 2 Concrete Box Girder Bridges
Load Rating  Flexure 2  5
1 slab
0 85
PT pu s y
pu
c PT
PT
A f A f
c
f
. f b kA
y

+
=
' +
The distance c is compared to distance d
s
. If c > 0.6d
s
and A
s
> 0,
then stress in the rebar is recalculated
1 slab
0 6 0 85
pu
s c PT PT pu
PT
s
s
f
. d . f b kA A f
y
f
A

 
' +

\ .
=
If f
s
< 0, then f
s
is set to zero.
Distance c is recalculated by substituting f
y
with f
s
.
The distance c is compared to the equivalent slab thickness to
determine if the section is a Tsection or a rectangular section.
If
1 slabeq
, c t  > the section is a Tsection.
If the section is a Tsection, the distance c is recalculated in
accordance with (eq. 5.7.3.1.13).
( ) slab webeq slabeq
1
0 85
0 85
PT pu S y c
pu
c webeq PT
PT
A f A f . f b b t
c
f
. f b kA
y

' +
=
' +
The distance c is compared to distance d
s
. If c > 0.6 d
s
and A
s
> 0,
then stress in the rebar is recalculated as follows:
( )
1 webeq slab webeq slabeq
s
0 6 0 85 0 85
A
pu
s c PT PT pu c
PT
s
f
. d . f b kA A f . f b b t
y
f

' '
+
=
 
(

\ .
If f
s
< 0, then f
s
is set to zero.
Distance c is recalculated by substituting f
y
with f
s
.
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2  6 Load Rating  Flexure
The extent of compression block a is evaluated as a = c
1
. It
is limited to the end of the web where the web enters the ten
sile flange/slab.
Average stress in prestressing steel f
ps
is calculated in accor
dance with (eq. 5.7.3.1.11).
1
ps pu
pt
c
f f k
y
 
=

\ .
Nominal flexural resistance M
n
is calculated in accordance
with (eq. 5.7.3.2.21)
If the section is a Tsection,
( )
slabeq
slab webeq slabeq
0 85
2 2 2 2
n PT ps p s s s c
t
a a a
M A f d A f d . f b b t
'
= + +
     
  
\ . \ . \ .
else
2 2
n PT ps p s s s
a a
M A f d A f d
   
= +
 
\ . \ .
Factored flexural resistance is obtained by multiplying M
n
by
.
M
r
= M
n
2.1.4 Rating Factor Algorithm
In case any of the userdefined combos for demands sets
DC
M
DC
,
DW
M
DW
, or
p
M
p
contain multiple StepTypes, the M3 demands
from Max and Min StepTypes are consolidated into one ABS
StepType. This is accomplished by selecting the maximum abso
lute from the two StepType values while preserving the sign.
The rating factor is calculated for each StepType present in the
L
M
LL+IM
demand set. The StepType that produces the smallest rat
ing factor is reported in the output table.
Chapter 2 Concrete Box Girder Bridges
Load Rating Min Rebar for Flexure 2  7
For each StepType, one of the section flexural capacities (positive
or negative), to be used in the rating factor equation, is selected to
match the sign of the
L
M
LL+IM
moment. Then the sign of the sum
of the moments
DC
M
DC
+
DW
M
DW
+
p
M
p
is determined. If the sign
of the sum matches the sign of the
L
M
LL+IM
, the moment resistance
is reduced by the sum; if the sign of the sum is opposite, the mo
ment resistance is increased by the sum.
2.2 Load Rating Min Rebar for Flexure
In this rating request, CSiBridge verifies if the minimum rein
forcement requirement is satisfied in accordance with AASHTO
Section 5.7.3.3.2. The code states that the calculated flexural re
sistance M
r
, based on the provided PT and longitudinal rebar,
must satisfy the following requirement:
M
r
> min(1.2M
cr
, 1.33M
u
)
where M
cr
= S
c
'
(f
r
+ f
cpe
) > S
c
f
r
(calculated by CSiBridge)
S
c
= section modulus for the extreme fiber of the section where
tensile stress is caused by externally applied loads. The
value is calculated by CSiBridge and reported in the output
table.
f
cpe
= compressive stress in concrete due to effective prestress
force only (after allowance for all prestress losses) at the ex
treme fiber of the section where tensile stress is caused by
externally applied loads. The user specifies the name of the
combo for the f
cpe
demand set in the definition of the Bridge
Rating Request.
f
r
= modulus of rupture. The user specifies this value in the Rat
ing Parameters.
M
u
= factored moment required by the applicable strength load
combinations specified in AASHTO Table 3.4.11. The user
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2  8 Load Rating Min Rebar for Flexure
specifies the name of the combo for the M
u
demand set in
the definition of the Bridge Rating Request.
2.2.1 Min Rebar for Flexure Algorithm
At each section, the resistances for both positive and negative
moments are determined using the procedure outlined in Section
2.1.2. The f
cpe
stresses at the top and bottom of the extreme fiber
are read, and M
cr
values for both positive and negative moments
are evaluated.
For each StepType present in the M
u
combo, the sign and magni
tude of the M3 moment is read. If the M
u
sign is negative, the
minimum rebar equation is checked for negative flexural resis
tance, and if the M
u
sign is positive, the minimum rebar equation
is checked for positive flexural resistance. If both StepTypes pre
sent in the M
u
combo have the same sign, the minimum rebar for
the opposite sign moment is not checked and the note Not appli
cable is reported in the output table.
Load Rating  Flexure 3  1
Chapter 3 Multicell Concrete Box Girder Bridges
This chapter describes the algorithm CSiBridge applies when load
rating multicell concrete box deck superstructures in accordance
with the AASHTO Manual for Condition Evaluation and Load
and Resistance Factor Rating (LRFR) of Highway Bridges Octo
ber 2003 with 2005 Interim Revisions.
This algorithm analyzes the superstructure on a girderbygirder
(webbyweb) basis while ignoring the effects of torsion. For load
rating of concrete box bridges where the superstructure is ideal
ized as a torsionally stiff, singlespine beam as defined in
AASHTO LRFD Section 4.6.1.1, see Chapter 2.
The user has the option to use the individual girder demands di
rectly from the CSiBridge model (available only for Area and
Solid models) or use Live Load Distribution (LLD) factors. CSi
Bridge gives the user a choice of methods to address distribution
of live load to individual girders. The evaluation and application
of LLD factors is described in detail in Chapter 3 of the Bridge
Superstructure Design manual.
It is important to note that to obtain relevant results, the definition
of a Moving Load case must be adjusted depending on which
method is selected. Refer to Chapter 3, Section 3.1 of the Bridge
Superstructure Design manual.
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3  2 Load Rating  Flexure
Legend:
Girder = the web + the tributary area of the top and bottom slab
Section Cut = all girders present in the crosssection at the cut lo
cation
3.1 Load Rating  Flexure
3.1.1 Rating Factor
n DC DC DW DW P P
L LL IM
M M M M
RF
M
+
= AASHTO LRFR eq. 61
RF = Rating factor calculated by CSiBridge
M
n
= Nominal moment resistance calculated by CSiBridge
The following values are specified by the user in the Rating Re
quest:
= Resistance factor for flexure; Default Value = 1.0,
Typical value(s): 1.0. The factor is specified in the
Rating Parameters form.
DC
M
DC
= Factored moment demand due to dead load of struc
tural components and attachments. The
DC
factor
shall be included in the combo specified in the DC
Combo demand set.
DW
M
DW
= Factored moment demand due to dead load of wear
ing surface and utilities. The
DW
factor shall be in
cluded in the combo specified in the DW Combo de
mand set.
P
M
P
= Factored moment demand due to permanent loads
other than dead loads. The
P
factor shall be included
in the combo specified in the P Combo demand set.
Chapter 3 Multicell Concrete Box Girder Bridges
Load Rating  Flexure 3  3
L
M
LL+IM
= Factored moment demand due to live load. The
L
fac
tor shall be included in the combo specified in the
LL+IM Combo demand set.
3.1.2 Flexural Resistance
The flexural resistance of each girder is determined in accordance
with AASHTO LRFD 2007 paragraph 5.7.3.2. The resistance is
evaluated only for bending about horizontal axis 3. Separate resis
tance is calculated for positive and negative moment.
The moment resistance is based on bonded tendons and longitudi
nal mild steel reinforcement defined in the Bridge Object. It is as
sumed that all defined tendons in a section, stressed or not, have
f
pe
(effective stress after loses) larger than 0.5 f
pu
(specified tensile
strength). If a certain tendon should not be considered for the
flexural resistance calculation, its area must be set to zero.
Only reinforcement in the tensile zone of the section is assumed to
contribute to the moment resistance of the section; reinforcement
in the compression zone is ignored.
3.1.3 Flexural Resistance Algorithm
At each section and each girder:
All section properties and demands are converted from CSi
Bridge model units to N, mm.
The equivalent slab thickness is evaluated based on slab area
and slab width assuming a rectangular shape.
slab
slabeq
slab
A
t
b
=

1
stress block factor is evaluated in accordance with 5.7.2.2
based on section
c
f '
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3  4 Load Rating  Flexure
If
c
f ' > 28 MPa, then
1
28
max 0 85 0 05 0 65
7
c
f
. . ; . 
'  
=

\ .
else
1
0 85 . .  =
The tendon location, area and material are read. Only bonded
tendons are processed; unbonded tendons are ignored.
The longitudinal rebar area and material are read
Tendons and longitudinal reinforcement bars are split into two
groups depending on what sign of moment they resistnegative
or positive. A tendon or rebar is considered to resist a positive
moment when it is located outside of the top fiber compression
stress block and is considered to resist a negative moment when it
is located outside of the bottom fiber compression stress block.
Per code the compression stress block extends over a zone
bounded by the edges of the crosssection and a straight line lo
cated parallel to the neutral axis at the distance a =
1
c from the
extreme compression fiber. The distance c is measured perpen
dicular to the neutral axis.
Since at the time of tendon and rebar sorting into positive and
negative groups the distance c is unknown, it is assumed to be
equal to the distance between the neutral axis and the extreme
compression fiber. The distance c is later revaluated in accordance
with the code equation, but rebar and tendons are not rechecked
for their positive or negative group assignments.
For each tendon group, an area weighted average of the following
values is determined:
sum of the tendon areas, A
PT
distance from the center of gravity of the tendons in the ten
sile zone to the compression fiber, d
P
specified tensile strength of prestressing steel, f
pu
constant k (eq. 5.7.3.1.12)
Chapter 3 Multicell Concrete Box Girder Bridges
Load Rating  Flexure 3  5
2 1.04
py
pu
f
k
f
 
=

\ .
For each rebar group the following values are determined:
sum of rebar areas, A
S
distance from the center of gravity of the rebar in the tensile
zone to the compression fiber, d
s
specified minimum yield strength rebar, f
y
The distance c between neutral axis and the compressive face is
evaluated in accordance with (eq. 5.7.3.1.14).
1 slab
0 85
PT pu s y
pu
c PT
PT
A f A f
c
f
. f b kA
y

+
=
' +
The distance c is compared to distance d
s
. If c > 0.6d
s
and A
s
> 0,
then stress in the rebar is recalculated
1 slab
0 6 0 85
pu
s c PT PT pu
PT
s
s
f
. d . f b kA A f
y
f
A

 
' +

\ .
=
If f
s
< 0, then f
s
is set to zero.
Distance c is recalculated by substituting f
y
with f
s
.
The distance c is compared to the equivalent slab thickness to
determine if the section is a Tsection or rectangular section.
If
1 slabeq
, c t  > the section is a Tsection.
If the section is a Tsection, the distance c is recalculated in ac
cordance with (eq. 5.7.3.1.13).
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( ) slab webeq slabeq
1
0 85
0 85
PT pu S y c
pu
c webeq PT
PT
A f A f . f b b t
c
f
. f b kA
y

' +
=
' +
The distance c is compared to distance d
s
. If c > 0.6 d
s
and A
s
> 0, then
stress in the rebar is recalculated
( )
1 webeq slab webeq slabeq
s
0 6 0 85 0 85
A
pu
s c PT PT pu c
PT
s
f
. d . f b kA A f . f b b t
y
f

' '
+
=
 
(

\ .
If f
s
< 0, then f
s
is set to zero.
Distance c is recalculated by substituting f
y
with f
s
.
The extent of compression block a is evaluated as a = c
1
. It is
limited to end of web where the web enters the tensile flange/
slab.
Average stress in prestressing steel f
ps
is calculated in accor
dance with (eq. 5.7.3.1.11).
1
ps pu
pt
c
f f k
y
 
=

\ .
Nominal flexural resistance M
n
is calculated in accordance with
(eq. 5.7.3.2.21)
If the section is a Tsection,
( )
slabeq
slab webeq slabeq
0 85
2 2 2 2
n PT ps p s s s c
t
a a a
M A f d A f d . f b b t
'
= + +
 
   
  
\ . \ . \ .
else
2 2
n PT ps p s s s
a a
M A f d A f d
   
= +
 
\ . \ .
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Factored flexural resistance is obtained by multiplying M
n
by .
M
r
= M
n
3.1.4 Live Load Distribution Into Girders
The M3 demands on the section cut specified in the LL+IM de
mand set are distributed into individual girders in accordance with
the Live Load Distribution method specified in the Rating Re
quest. The evaluation and application of live load distribution fac
tors is described in detail in Chapter 3 of the Bridge Superstruc
ture Design manual.
M3 demands on the section cut specified in the DC, DW and P
Combo demand sets are distributed evenly to all girders unless
live load distribution Method 3 is used (CSiBridge reads the cal
culated live load demands directly from individual girders 
available for Area and Solid models only). In that case, forces
from CSiBridge are read directly on a girderbygirder basis.
3.1.5 Rating Factor Algorithm
In case any of the user defined combos for demands sets
DC
M
DC
,
DW
M
DW
, or
p
M
p
contain multiple StepTypes, the M3 demands
from Max and Min StepTypes are consolidated into one ABS
StepType. This is accomplished by selecting the maximum abso
lute from the two StepType values while preserving the sign.
The girder rating factor is calculated for each StepType present in
the
L
M
LL+IM
demand set. The StepType that produces the smallest
rating factor is reported in the output table.
For each StepType, one of the girder flexural capacities (positive
or negative), to be used in the rating factor equation, is selected to
match the sign of the
L
M
LL+IM
moment. Then the sign of the sum of
the moments
DC
M
DC
+
DW
M
DW
+
p
M
p
is determined. If the sign of
the sum matches the sign of the
L
M
LL+IM
, the moment resistance is
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reduced by the sum; if the sign of the sum is opposite, the moment
resistance is increased by the sum.
3.2 Load Rating Min Rebar for Flexure
In this rating request, CSiBridge verifies if minimum reinforce
ment requirement is satisfied in accordance with AASHTO Sec
tion 5.7.3.3.2. The code states that the calculated flexural resis
tance M
r
, based on the provided PT and longitudinal rebar, must
satisfy the following requirement:
M
r
> min(1.2M
cr
, 1.33M
u
)
where M
cr
= S
c
'
(f
r
+ f
cpe
) > S
c
f
r
(calculated by CSiBridge)
S
c
= section modulus for the extreme fiber of the section where
tensile stress is caused by externally applied loads. The
value is calculated by CSiBridge and reported in the output
table.
f
cpe
= compressive stress in concrete due to effective prestress
force only (after allowance for all prestress losses) at the ex
treme fiber of the section where tensile stress is caused by
externally applied loads. The user specifies the name of the
combo for the f
cpe
demand set in the definition of the Bridge
Rating Request.
f
r
= modulus of rupture. The user specifies this value in the Rat
ing Parameters.
M
u
= factored moment required by the applicable strength load
combinations specified in AASHTO Table 3.4.11. The user
specifies the name of the combo for the M
u
demand set in
the definition of the Bridge Rating Request.
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3.2.1 Live Load Distribution into Girders
The M3 demands on the section cut specified in the M
u
demand
set are distributed into individual girders in accordance with the
Live Load Distribution method specified in the Rating Request.
The evaluation and application of live load distribution factors is
described in detail in Chapter 3 of the Bridge Superstructure De
sign manual.
M3 demands on section cut specified in f
cpe
combo demand set are
distributed evenly to all girders unless live load distribution
Method 3 is used (CSiBridge reads the calculated live load de
mands directly from individual girders  available for Area and
Solid models only). In that case, forces from CSiBridge are not
read on a sectioncut basis but directly on a girderbygirder basis.
3.2.2 Min Rebar for Flexure Algorithm
At each girder, the resistances for both positive and negative mo
ments are determined using the procedure outlined in Section
3.1.2. The f
cpe
stresses at the top and bottom of the extreme fiber
are read, and M
cr
values for both positive and negative moments
are evaluated.
For each StepType present in M
u
combo, the sign and magnitude
of the M3 moment is read. If the M
u
sign is negative, the minimum
rebar equation is checked for negative flexural resistance and if
the M
u
sign is positive, the minimum rebar equation is checked for
positive flexural resistance. If both StepTypes present in the M
u
combo have the same sign, the minimum rebar for the opposite
sign moment is not checked and the note Not applicable is re
ported in the output table.
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3.3 Load Rating  Shear AASHTOLRFD2007
3.3.1 Rating Factor
n DC DC DW DW p p
L LL IM
V V V V
RF
V
+
= AASHTO LRFR eq. 61
RF = Rating factor calculated by CSiBridge
V
n
= Nominal shear resistance calculated by CSiBridge
The user specifies the values for the following in the Rating Re
quest:
= Resistance factor for shear; Default Value = 0.9,
Typical value(s): 0.9 for normal weight concrete, 0.7
for lightweight concrete. The factor is specified in
the Rating Parameters form.
DC
V
DC
= Factored shear demand due to dead load of structural
components and attachments. The
DC
factor shall be
included in the combo specified in the DC Combo
demand set.
DW
V
DW
= Factored shear demand due to dead load of wearing
surface and utilities. The
DW
factor shall be included
in the combo specified in the DW Combo demand set.
P
V
P
= Factored shear demand due to permanent loads other
than dead loads. The
P
factor shall be included in the
combo specified in the P Combo demand set.
L
V
LL+IM
= Factored shear demands due to live load. The
L
factor
shall be included in the combo specified in the
LL+IM Combo demand set.
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3.3.2 Live Load Distribution Into Girders
The V2 demands on the section cut specified in the LL+IM and
M
u
demand sets are distributed into individual girders in accor
dance with the Live Load Distribution method specified in the
Rating Request. The evaluation and application of live load distri
bution factors is described in detail in Chapter 3 of the Bridge Su
perstructure Design manual.
V2 demands on the section cut specified in the DC, DW and P
Combo demand sets are distributed evenly to all girders unless
live load distribution Method 3 is used (CSiBridge reads the cal
culated live load demands directly from individual girders 
available for Area and Solid models only). In that case, forces
from CSiBridge are read directly on a girderbygirder basis.
3.3.3 Shear Resistance
The shear resistance is determined in accordance with paragraph
5.8.3.4.2 (derived from the Modified Compression Field Theory).
The procedure assumes that the concrete shear stresses are dis
tributed uniformly over an area b
v
wide and d
v
deep, that the direc
tion of principal compressive stresses (defined by angle and
shown as D) remains constant over d
v
, and that the shear strength
of the section can be determined by considering the biaxial stress
conditions at just one location in the web. The user should select
for design only those sections that comply with these assumptions
by defining appropriate station ranges in the design request (see
Chapter 4 of the Bridge Superstructure Design manual).
The effective web width is taken as the minimum web width,
measured parallel to the neutral axis, between the resultants of the
tensile and compressive forces as a result of flexure. In determin
ing the effective web width at a particular level, onequarter of the
diameter of the grouted ducts at that level is subtracted from the
web width.
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All defined tendons in a section, stressed or not, are assumed to be
grouted. Each tendon at a section is checked for presence in the
web and the minimum controlling effective web thicknesses are
evaluated.
The tendon duct is considered as having effect on the web effec
tive thickness even if only part of the duct is within the web
boundaries. In such cases, the entire onequarter of the tendon
duct diameter is subtracted from the element thickness
If several tendon ducts overlap in one web (when projected on
vertical axis), the diameters of ducts are added for the sake of
evaluation of the effective thickness. The effective web thickness
is calculated at the top and bottom of each duct.
Shear design is completed on a perweb (girder) basis; torsion is
ignored.
Transverse reinforcement specified in the Bridge Object is used to
verify if minimum shear reinforcement is provided. It is also used
to calculate the V
s
shear resistance component. The density (area
per unit length) of provided transverse reinforcement in a given
girder is averaged based on values specified in the Bridge Object
over a distance 0.5 d
v
cot measured downstation and upstation
from a given section cut.
3.3.4 Shear Resistance Parameters
The following parameters are considered during shear design:
Mu Combo Demand Set the forces in the specified combo are
used in the Modified Compression Field Theory (MCFT) equa
tions to determine shear resistance of the girder.
PhiC Resistance Factor; Default Value = 0.9, Typical
value(s): 0.7 to 0.9. The nominal shear resistance of normal
weight concrete sections is multiplied by the resistance factor to
obtain factored resistance.
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PhiC (Lightweight) Resistance Factor for lightweight con
crete; Default Value = 0.7, Typical value(s): 0.7 to 0.9. The
nominal shear resistance of lightweight concrete sections is
multiplied by the resistance factor to obtain factored resistance.
Check Sub Type Typical value: MCFT. Specifies which
method for shear design will be used: either MCFT in accor
dance with 5.8.3.4.2; or the V
ci
/V
cw
method in accordance with
5.8.3.4.3 Currently only the MCFT option is available.
Negative limit on strain in nonprestressed longitudinal rein
forcement in accordance with section 5.8.3.4.2; Default Value =
0.4x10
3
, Typical value(s): 0 to 0.4x10
3
Positive limit on strain in nonprestressed longitudinal rein
forcement in accordance with section 5.8.3.4.2; Default Value =
6.0x10
3
, Typical value(s): 6.0x10
3
PhiC for N
u
Resistance Factor used in equation 5.8.3.51; De
fault Value = 1.0, Typical value(s): 0.75 to 1.0
Phif for M
u
Resistance Factor used in equation 5.8.3.51; De
fault Value = 0.9, Typical value(s): 0.9 to 1.0.
sx = Maximum distance between layers of longitudinal crack
control reinforcement in accordance with AASHTO LRFD
5.8.3.4.25. This parameter is used only when a girder does not
contain the codespecified minimum amount of shear rein
forcement.
ag = Maximum aggregate size, Eq 5.8.3.4.2. This parameter is
used only when a girder does not contain the codespecified
minimum amount of shear reinforcement.
3.3.5 Shear Resistance Variables

V
= Resistance factor for shear

P
= Resistance factor for axial load
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F
= Resistance factor for moment
= Multiplier of sqrt f
c
for lightweight concrete in accor
dance with 5.8.2.2
V
u
= Factored shear demand per girder excluding force in
tendons
N
u
= Applied factored axial force, taken as positive if tensile
M
u
= Factored moment at the section
V
2c
= Shear in section cut excluding force in tendons
V
2Tot
= Shear in section cut including force in tendons
V
p
= Component in the direction of the applied shear of the
effective prestressing force; if V
p
has the same sign as
V
u
, then the component is resisting the applied shear
a = Depth of equivalent stress block in accordance with
5.7.3.2.2. Varies for positive and negative moment.
d
v
= Effective shear depth in accordance with 5.8.2.9
d
girder
= Depth of girder
d
p
= Distance from compression face to center of gravity of
tendons in the tensile zone
d
s
= Distance from compression face to center of gravity of
longitudinal reinforcement in the tensile zone
b = Minimum web width
b
v
= Effective web width adjusted for the presence of
prestressing ducts in accordance with section 5.8.2.9
A
ps
= Area of prestressing steel on the flexural tension side of
the member
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f
pu
= Specified tensile strength of prestressing steel
E
p
= Prestressing steel Youngs modulus
A
vl
= Area of nonprestressed steel on the flexural tension side
of the member at the section under consideration
E
s
= Reinforcement Youngs modulus
c
s
= Strain in nonprestressed longitudinal tension reinforce
ment eq. 5.8.3.4.24
LimitPos LimitNeg
,
s s
c c = Max and min value of strain in nonprestressed
longitudinal tension reinforcement as specified in the
Design Request
E
c
= Youngs modulus of concrete
A
c
= Area of concrete on the flexural tension side of the
member
A
vprov
= Area of transverse shear reinforcement per unit length
as specified in the Bridge Object. The transverse rein
forcement density is averaged over a distance 0.5 cot
measured upstation and downstation from the current
section cut.
A
VS min
= Minimum area of transverse shear reinforcement per
unit length in accordance with eq. 5.8.2.5
3.3.6 Shear Resistance Algorithm
All section properties and demands are converted from CSiBridge
model units to N, mm.
If the combo specified in the M
u
demand set contains envelopes, a
new force demand set is generated. The new force demand set is
built up from the maximum tension values of P and the maximum
absolute values of V2 and M3 of the two StepTypes (Max and
Min) present in the envelope COMBO case. The StepType of this
new force demand set is named ABS and the signs of the P, V2
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and M3 are preserved. The ABS case follows the industry practice
where sections are designed for extreme shear and moments that
are not necessarily corresponding to the same design vehicle posi
tion. The section cut is designed for all three StepTypes in the
COMBOMax, Min and ABSand the controlling StepType is
reported.
In the case when the demand moment
u u p v
M V V d , < two
new force demand sets are generated where
pos pos u u p v
M V V d =
and
neg neg u u p v
M V V d = . The acronyms CodeMinMuPos
and CodeMinMuNeg are added to the end of the StepType
name. The signs of the P and V2 are preserved.
The shear resistance is evaluated for every force demand set de
scribed previously and the smallest value is used in evaluation of
the rating factor.
The component in the direction of the applied shear of the effec
tive prestressing force, positive if resisting the applied shear, is
evaluated:
2 2Tot
girders
c
p
V V
V
n
=
Depth of equivalent stress block a for both positive and nega
tive moment is evaluated in accordance with eq. 5.7.3.1.1. See
section 3.1.2
Effective shear depth is evaluated.
ps ps p vl y s
e
ps ps vl y
A f d A f d
d
A f A f
+
=
+
( )
girder
max 0 72 0 9 0 5
v e e
d . d , . d , d . a =
Evaluate numerator and denominator of (eq. 5.8.3.4.24)
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Load Rating  Shear AASHTOLRFD2007 3  17
numerator
0 5 0 7
u
s u u p ps pu
V
M
. N V V A . f
d
c = + +
denominator s p ps s vl
E A E A c = +
Adjust denominator values as follows
If
denominator
0
s
c = and
numerator
0
s
, c > then
LimitPos s s
c c =
If
numerator
0
s
c < then
denominator s p ps s vl c c
E A E A E A c = + +
Evaluate (eq. 5.8.3.4.24)
numerator
denominator
s
s
s
c
c
c
=
Check if axial tension is large enough to crack the flexural
compression face of the section.
If
girder
0 52
u
c
N
. f ' ,
A
> then 2
s s
c c =
Check against the limit on the strain in nonprestressed longitu
dinal tension reinforcement specified in the Design Request
LimitNeg
max( , )
s s s
c c c = and
LimitPos
min( , )
s s s
c c c =
Evaluate the angle u of inclination of diagonal compressive
stresses as determined in Article 5.8.3.4
18 29 3500 45
s
c s + s (5.8.3.4)
Evaluate minimum transverse reinforcement density required in
accordance with the code
min
0 083
v
v c
y
b
A . f
f
' = (5.8.3.4)
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Check if the provided girder transverse reinforcement density
A
vprov
averaged over distance 0.5 cot measured upstation and
downstation from the current section cut satisfies minimum
specified by code and evaluate the factor indicating the ability
of diagonally cracked concrete to transmit tension and shear, as
specified in Article 5.8.3.4
If A
vprov
A
vmin
, then
4 8
1 750
s
.

c
=
+
else
4 8 51 25 4
1 750 39 25 4
s xe
. .
. s

c
=
+ +
where
35
16
x
xe
g
s
s
a
=
+
(eq. 5.8.3.4)
Evaluate nominal shear resistance provided by tensile stresses in
the concrete (eq. 5.8.3.33)
0 083
c c v
V . f ' b d  =
Evaluate nominal shear resistance provided by tensile stresses in
the transverse reinforcement (eq. 5.8.3.34)
prov
cot
s v y v
V A f d u = (eq. 5.8.3.34)
Evaluate total factored shear resistance and check against a
maximum specified in 5.8.3.32
( ) min 0 25
r v c s c v v
V V V ; . f b d ' = +
Note: The shear resistance evaluated here purposely ignores the
effect of the component in the direction of the applied shear of the
effective prestressing force V
p
. This is to ensure that the prestress
ing effect is not double counted when evaluating the load rating
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Load Rating  Shear AASHTOLRFD2007 3  19
factor. The name of the combo that contains the prestressing loads
is specified in the Demand Set P Combo in the Rating Request.
3.3.7 Rating Factor Algorithm
In case any of the userdefined combos for demands sets
DC
V
DC
,
DW
V
DW
, or
P
V
P
contain multiple StepTypes, the V2 demands from
Max and Min StepTypes are consolidated into one ABS Step
Type. This is accomplished by selecting the maximum absolute
from the two StepType values while preserving the sign.
The girder rating factor is calculated for each StepType present in
the
L
V
LL+IM
demand set. The StepType that produces the smallest
rating factor is reported in the output table.
The sign of the sum of shear demands
DC
V
DC
,
DW
V
DW
, or
P
V
P
is de
termined. If the sign of the sum matches the sign of the
L
V
LL+IM
;
the shear resistance is reduced by the sum; if the sign of the sum is
opposite, the shear resistance is increased by the sum.
Load Rating  Flexure 4  1
Chapter 4 Precast Concrete Girder Bridges
with Composite Slabs
This chapter describes the algorithm CSiBridge applies when load
rating deck superstructures comprised of precast I or U girders
with composite slabs. The load rating is in accordance with the
AASHTO Manual for Condition Evaluation and Load and Resis
tance Factor Rating (LRFR) of Highway Bridges October 2003
with 2005 Interim Revisions.
This algorithm analyzes the superstructure on a girderbygirder
(beambybeam) basis while ignoring the effects of torsion. The
user has the option to use the individual girder demands directly
from the CSiBridge model (available only for Area and Solid
models) or use Live Load Distribution (LLD) factors. CSiBridge
gives the user a choice of methods to address distribution of live
load to individual girders. The evaluation and application of LLD
factors is described in detail in Chapter 3 of the Bridge Super
structure Design manual.
It is important to note that to obtain relevant results, the definition
of a Moving Load case must be adjusted depending on which
method is selected. Refer to Chapter 3 Section 3.1 of the Bridge
Superstructure Design manual.
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Legend:
Girder = beam + tributary area of the top of the slab
Section Cut = all girders are present in the crosssection at the cut
location
4.1 Load Rating  Flexure
4.1.1 Rating Factor
n DC DC DW DW P P
L LL IM
M M M M
RF
M
+
= AASHTO LRFR eq. 61
RF = Rating factor calculated by CSiBridge
M
n
= Nominal moment resistance calculated by CSiBridge
The following values are specified by the user in the Rating Re
quest:
= Resistance factor for flexure; Default Value = 1.0,
Typical value(s): 1.0. The factor is specified in the
Rating Parameters form.
DC
M
DC
= Factored moment demand due to dead load of struc
tural components and attachments. The
DC
factor
shall be included in the combo specified in the DC
Combo demand set.
DW
M
DW
= Factored moment demand due to dead load of wear
ing surface and utilities. The
DW
factor shall be in
cluded in the combo specified in the DW Combo de
mand set.
P
M
P
= Factored moment demand due to permanent loads
other than dead loads. The
P
factor shall be included
in the combo specified in the P Combo demand set.
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Load Rating  Flexure 4  3
L
M
LL+IM
= Factored moment demand due to live load. The
L
fac
tor shall be included in the combo specified in the
LL+IM Combo demand set.
4.1.2 Flexural Resistance
The flexural resistance of each girder is determined in accordance
with AASHTO LRFD 2007 paragraph 5.7.3.2. The resistance is
evaluated only for bending about horizontal axis 3. Separate resis
tance is calculated for positive and negative moment.
The moment resistance is based on bonded tendons and longitudi
nal mild steel reinforcement defined in the Bridge Object. It is as
sumed that all defined tendons in a section, stressed or not, have
f
pe
(effective stress after loses) larger than 0.5 f
pu
(specified tensile
strength). If a certain tendon should not be considered for the
flexural resistance calculation, its area must be set to zero.
Only reinforcement in the tensile zone of the section is assumed to
contribute towards the moment resistance of the section; rein
forcement in compression zone is ignored.
4.1.3 Flexural Resistance Algorithm
At each section and each girder:
All section properties and demands are converted from CSi
Bridge model units to N, mm.
The equivalent slab thickness is evaluated based on slab area
and slab width assuming rectangular shape.

1
stress block factor is evaluated in accordance with 5.7.2.2
based on section
c
f '
If
c
f ' > 28 MPa, then
1
28
max 0 85 0 05 0 65
7
c
f
. . ; . 
'  
=

\ .
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else
1
0 85 .  =
The tendon location, area, and material are read. Only bonded
tendons are processed; unbonded tendons are ignored.
The longitudinal rebar area and material are read
Tendons and longitudinal reinforcement bars are split into two
groups depending on what sign of moment they resistnegative
or positive. A tendon or rebar is considered to resist a positive
moment when it is located outside of the top fiber compression
stress block and is considered to resist a negative moment when
it is located outside of the bottom fiber compression stress
block. In accordance with code, the compression stress block
extends over a zone bounded by the edges of the crosssection
and a straight line located parallel to the neutral axis at the dis
tance a =
1
c from the extreme compression fiber. The distance
c is measured perpendicular to the neutral axis.
Since at the time of tendon and rebar sorting into positive and
negative groups the distance c is unknown, it is assumed to be
equal to a distance between the neutral axis and the extreme
compression fiber. The distance c is later reevaluated in accor
dance with the code equation, but rebar and tendons are not re
checked for their positive or negative group assignments.
For each tendon group, an area weighted average of the follow
ing values is determined:
sum of the tendon areas, A
PT
distance from the center of gravity of the tendons in the ten
sile zone to the compression fiber, d
P
specified tensile strength of prestressing steel, f
pu
constant k (eq. 5.7.3.1.12)
2 1.04
py
pu
f
k
f
 
=

\ .
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For each rebar group the following values are determined:
sum of rebar areas, A
S
distance from the center of gravity of the rebar in the tensile
zone to the compression fiber, d
s
specified minimum yield strength rebar, f
y
Positive moment resistance first it is assumed that the equiva
lent compression stress block is within the top slab. The dis
tance c between neutral axis and the compressive face is evalu
ated in accordance with (eq. 5.7.3.1.14).
1 slab
0 85
PT pu s y
pu
c PT
PT
A f A f
c
f
. f b kA
y

+
=
' +
The distance c is compared to distance d
s
. If c > 0.6d
s
and A
s
>
0, then stress in the rebar is recalculated
1 slab
0 6 0 85
pu
s c PT PT pu
PT
s
s
f
. d . f b kA A f
y
f
A

 
' +

\ .
=
If f
s
< 0, then f
s
is set to zero.
Distance c is recalculated by substituting f
y
with f
s
.
The distance c is compared to the slab thickness. If the distance
to the neutral axis c is larger than the composite slab thickness,
the distance c is reevaluated. For this calculation, the beam
flange width and area are converted to their equivalents in slab
concrete by multiplying the beam flange width by the modular
ratio between the precast girder concrete and the slab concrete.
The web width in the equation for c is substituted for the effec
tive converted girder flange width. The distance c is recalcu
lated in accordance with (eq. 5.7.3.1.13).
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( ) slab webeq slabeq
1
0 85
0 85
PT pu S y c
pu
c webeq PT
PT
A f A f . f b b t
c
f
. f b kA
y

' +
=
' +
The distance c is again compared to distance d
s
. If c > 0.6ds and
A
s
> 0, then stress in the rebar f
s
is recalculated. If f
s
< 0, then f
s
is
set to zero.
Distance c is recalculated by substituting f
y
with f
s
.
If the calculated value of c exceeds the sum of the deck thickness
and the equivalent precast girder flange thickness, the section is
designated as a Tsection. The program assumes the neutral axis is
below the flange of the precast girder and recalculates c. The term
( ) 0.85
c w
f b b ' in the calculation is broken into two terms: one
refers to the contribution of the deck to the composite section
flange and the second refers to the contribution of the precast
girder flange to the composite girder flange.
The distance c is compared to distance d
s
. If c > 0.6 d
s
and A
s
> 0,
then stress in the rebar is recalculated
If f
s
< 0, then f
s
is set to zero.
Distance c is recalculated by substituting f
y
with f
s
.
The extent of compression block a is evaluated as a = c
1
. It is
limited to the end of the web where the web enters the tensile
beam flange
Average stress in prestressing steel f
ps
is calculated in accor
dance with (eq. 5.7.3.1.11).
1
ps pu
pt
c
f f k
y
 
=

\ .
Nominal flexural resistance M
n
is calculated in accordance with
(eq. 5.7.3.2.21)
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If the section is a Tsection,
( )
slabeq
slab webeq slabeq
0 85
2 2 2 2
n PT ps p s s s c
t
a a a
M A f d A f d . f b b t
'
= + +
 
   
  
\ . \ . \ .
else
2 2
n PT ps p s s s
a a
M A f d A f d
   
= +
 
\ . \ .
Factored flexural resistance is obtained by multiplying M
n
by .
M
r
= M
n
The process for evaluating negative moment resistance is analo
gous.
4.1.4 Live Load Distribution into Girders
The M3 demands on the section cuts specified in the LL+IM de
mand set are distributed into individual girders according to the
Live Load Distribution method specified in the Rating Request.
The evaluation and application of live load distribution factors is
described in detail in Chapter 3 of the Bridge Superstructure De
sign manual.
M3 demands on the section cut specified in the DC, DW and P
Combo demand sets are distributed evenly to all girders unless
live load distribution Method 3 is used (CSiBridge reads the cal
culated live load demands directly from individual girders 
available for Area and Solid models only). In that case, the forces
from CSiBridge are read directly on a girderbygirder basis.
4.1.5 Rating Factor Algorithm
In case any of the userdefined combos for demands sets
DC
M
DC
,
DW
M
DW
, or
p
M
p
contain multiple StepTypes, the M3 demands
from Max and Min StepTypes are consolidated into one ABS
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StepType. This is accomplished by selecting the maximum abso
lute from the two StepType values while preserving the sign.
The girder rating factor is calculated for each StepType present in
the
L
M
LL+IM
demand set. The StepType that produces the smallest
rating factor is reported in the output table.
For each StepType, one of the girder flexural capacities (positive
or negative) to be used in the rating factor equation is selected to
match the sign of the
L
M
LL+IM
moment. Then the sign of the sum
of moments
DC
M
DC
,
DW
M
DW
, or
p
M
p
is determined. If the sign of
the sum matches the sign of the
L
M
LL+IM
, the moment resistance is
reduced by the sum; if the sign of the sum is opposite, the moment
resistance is increased by the sum.
4.2 Load Rating Min Rebar for Flexure
In this rating request, CSiBridge verifies if the minimum rein
forcement requirement is satisfied in accordance with AASHTO
Section 5.7.3.3.2. The code states that the calculated flexural re
sistance M
r
based on the provided PT and longitudinal rebar must
satisfy the following requirement:
M
r
> min(1.2M
cr
, 1.33M
u
)
where
( )
1
c
cr c r cpe dnc c r
nc
S
M S f f M S f
S
 
= + >

\ .
(calculated by
CSiBridge)
S
c
= Section modulus for the extreme fiber of the composite
girder where tensile stress is caused by externally applied
loads. The value is calculated by CSiBridge and reported
in the output table.
S
nc
= Section modulus for the extreme fiber of the noncompo
site beam where tensile stress is caused by externally ap
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plied loads. The value is calculated by CSiBridge and re
ported in the output table.
f
cpe
= Compressive stress in concrete due to effective prestress
force only (after allowance for all prestress losses) at the
extreme fiber of the girder where tensile stress is caused
by externally applied loads. The user specifies the name
of the combo for the f
cpe
demand set in the definition of the
Bridge Rating Request.
f
r
= Modulus of rupture. The user specifies in this value in the
Rating Parameters.
M
dnc
= Total unfactored dead load moment acting on the non
composite beam. The user specifies the name of the
combo for the M
dnc
demand set in the definition of the B
ridge Rating Request.
M
u
= Factored moment required by the applicable strength load
combinations specified in AASHTO Table 3.4.11. The
user specifies the name of the combo for the M
u
demand
set in the definition of the Bridge Rating Request.
4.2.1 Live Load Distribution into Girders
The M3 demands on the section cut specified in the M
u
demand
set are distributed into individual girders according to the Live
Load Distribution method specified in the Rating Request. The
evaluation and application of live load distribution factors is de
scribed in detail in Chapter 3 of the Bridge Superstructure Design
manual.
M3 demands on the section cut specified in the f
cpe
and M
dnc
combo
demand set are distributed evenly to all girders unless live load
distribution Method 3 is used (CSiBridge reads the calculated live
load demands directly from individual girders  available for
Area and Solid models only). In that case, forces from CSiBridge
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are not read on a sectioncut basis but directly on a girderby
girder basis.
When evaluating min rebar for negative moment, the M
dnc
is set to
zero, since it is assumed that the composite slab is never a non
composite section.
4.2.2 Min Rebar for Flexure Algorithm
At each girder, the resistances for both positive and negative mo
ments are determined using the procedure outlined in this Section
3.1.2. The f
cpe
stresses at the top and bottom extreme fiber are read,
and the M
cr
values for both positive and negative moments are
evaluated.
For each StepType present in the M
u
combo, the sign and magni
tude of the M3 moment is read. If the M
u
sign is negative, the
minimum rebar equation is checked for negative flexural resis
tance, and if the M
u
sign is positive, the minimum rebar equation
is checked for positive flexural resistance. If both StepTypes pre
sent in the M
u
combo have the same sign, the minimum rebar for
the opposite sign moment is not checked, and the note Not appli
cable is reported in the output table.
4.3 Load Rating  Shear AASHTOLRFD2007
4.3.1 Rating Factor
n DC DC DW DW p p
L LL IM
V V V V
RF
V
+
= AASHTO LRFR eq. 61
RF = Rating factor calculated by CSiBridge
V
n
= Nominal shear resistance calculated by CSiBridge
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The user specifies the values for the following in the Rating Re
quest:
= Resistance factor for shear; Default Value = 0.9,
Typical value(s): 0.9 for normal weight concrete, 0.7
for lightweight concrete. The factor is specified in
the Rating Parameters form.
DC
V
DC
= Factored shear demand due to dead load of structural
components and attachments. The
DC
factor shall be
included in the combo specified in the DC Combo
demand set.
DW
V
DW
= Factored shear demand due to dead load of wearing
surface and utilities. The
DW
factor shall be included
in the combo specified in the DW Combo demand set.
P
V
P
= Factored shear demand due to permanent loads other
than dead loads. The
P
factor shall be included in the
combo specified in the P Combo demand set.
L
V
LL+IM
= Factored shear demands due to live load. The
L
factor
shall be included in the combo specified in the
LL+IM Combo demand set.
4.3.2 Live Load Distribution into Girders
The V2 demands on section cut specified in the LL+IM and M
u
demand set are distributed into individual girders according to the
Live Load Distribution method specified in the Rating Request.
The evaluation and application of live load distribution factors is
described in detail in Chapter 3 of the Bridge Superstructure De
sign manual.
V2 demands on the section cut specified in the DC, DW and P
Combo demand sets are distributed evenly to all girders unless
live load distribution Method 3 is used (CSiBridge reads the cal
culated live load demands directly from individual girders 
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available for Area and Solid models only). In that case, forces
from CSiBridge are read directly on a girderbygirder basis.
4.3.3 Shear Resistance
The shear resistance is determined in accordance with paragraph
5.8.3.4.2 (derived from Modified Compression Field Theory). The
procedure assumes that the concrete shear stresses are distributed
uniformly over an area b
v
wide and d
v
deep, that the direction of
principal compressive stresses (defined by angle and shown as
D) remains constant over d
v
, and that the shear strength of the sec
tion can be determined by considering the biaxial stress conditions
at just one location in the web. The user should select for design
only those sections that comply with these assumptions by defin
ing appropriate station ranges in the design request (see Chapter 4
of the Bridge Superstructure Design manual).
It is assumed that the precast beams are pretensioned, and there
fore, no ducts are present in webs. The effective web width is
taken as the minimum web width, measured parallel to the neutral
axis, between the resultants of the tensile and compressive forces
as a result of flexure
Shear design is completed on a perweb (girder) basis; torsion is
ignored.
Transverse reinforcement specified in the Bridge Object is used to
verify if minimum shear reinforcement is provided. It is also used
to calculate V
s
shear resistance component. The density (area per
unit length) of provided transverse reinforcement in a given girder
is averaged based on values specified in the Bridge Object over
distance 0.5 d
v
cot measured downstation and upstation from a
given section cut
4.3.4 Shear Resistance Parameters
The following parameters are considered during shear design:
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M
u
Combo Demand Set the forces in the specified combo are
used in the Modified Compression Field Theory (MCFT) equa
tions to determine shear resistance of the girder
PhiC Resistance Factor; Default Value = 0.9, Typical
value(s): 0.7 to 0.9. The nominal shear resistance of normal
weight concrete sections is multiplied by the resistance factor to
obtain factored resistance.
PhiC (Lightweight) Resistance Factor for lightweight con
crete; Default Value = 0.7, Typical value(s): 0.7 to 0.9. The
nominal shear resistance of lightweight concrete sections is
multiplied by the resistance factor to obtain factored resistance.
Check Sub Type Typical value: MCFT. Specifies which
method for shear design will be used: either MCFT in accor
dance with 5.8.3.4.2; or the V
ci
/V
cw
method in accordance with
5.8.3.4.3 Currently only the MCFT option is available.
Negative limit on strain in nonprestressed longitudinal rein
forcement in accordance with section 5.8.3.4.2; Default Value =
0.4x10
3
, Typical value(s): 0 to 0.4x10
3
Positive limit on strain in nonprestressed longitudinal rein
forcement in accordance with section 5.8.3.4.2; Default Value =
6.0x10
3
, Typical value(s): 6.0x10
3
PhiC for N
u
Resistance Factor used in equation 5.8.3.51; De
fault Value = 1.0, Typical value(s): 0.75 to 1.0
Phif for M
u
Resistance Factor used in equation 5.8.3.51; De
fault Value = 0.9, Typical value(s): 0.9 to 1.0
sx = Maximum distance between layers of longitudinal crack
control reinforcement in accordance with AASHTO LRFD
5.8.3.4.25. This parameter is used only when a girder does not
contain the codespecified minimum amount of shear rein
forcement.
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ag = Maximum aggregate size, Eq 5.8.3.4.2. This parameter is
used only when a girder does not contain the codespecified
minimum amount of shear reinforcement.
4.3.5 Shear Resistance Variables

V
= Resistance factor for shear

P
= Resistance factor for axial load

F
= Resistance factor for moment
= Multiplier of sqrt f
c
for lightweight concrete in accor
dance with 5.8.2.2
V
u
= Factored shear demand per girder excluding force in
tendons
N
u
= Applied factored axial force, taken as positive if tensile
M
u
= Factored moment at the section
V
2c
= Shear in section cut excluding force in tendons
V
2Tot
= Shear in section cut including force in tendons
V
p
= Component in the direction of the applied shear of the
effective prestressing force; if V
p
has the same sign as
V
u
, then the component is resisting the applied shear
a = Depth of equivalent stress block in accordance with
5.7.3.2.2. Varies for positive and negative moment.
d
v
= Effective shear depth in accordance with 5.8.2.9
d
girder
= Depth of girder
compslab
d Depth of composite slab (includes concrete haunch t2)
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d
p
= Distance from compression face to center of gravity of
tendons in the tensile zone
d
s
= Distance from compression face to center of gravity of
longitudinal reinforcement in the tensile zone
b = Minimum web width
A
ps
= Area of prestressing steel on the flexural tension side of
the member
f
pu
= Specified tensile strength of prestressing steel
E
p
= Prestressing steel Youngs modulus
A
vl
= Area of nonprestressed steel on the flexural tension side
of the member at the section under consideration
E
s
= Reinforcement Youngs modulus
c
s
= Strain in nonprestressed longitudinal tension reinforce
ment eq. 5.8.3.4.24
LimitPos LimitNeg
,
s s
c c = Max and min value of strain in nonprestressed
longitudinal tension reinforcement as specified in the
Design Request
E
c
= Youngs modulus of beam concrete
A
c
= Area of concrete on the flexural tension side of the
member
A
vprov
= Area of transverse shear reinforcement per unit length
as specified in the Bridge Object. The transverse rein
forcement density is averaged over a distance 0.5 cot
measured upstation and downstation from the current
section cut.
A
VS min
= Minimum area of transverse shear reinforcement per
unit length in accordance with eq. 5.8.2.5
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4.3.6 Shear Resistance Algorithm
All section properties and demands are converted from CSiBridge
model units to N, mm.
If the combo specified in the M
u
demand set contains envelopes, a
new force demand set is generated. The new force demand set is
built up from the maximum tension values of P and the maximum
absolute values of V2 and M3 of the two StepTypes (Max and
Min) present in the envelope COMBO case. The StepType of this
new force demand set is named ABS and the signs of the P, V2,
and M3 are preserved. The ABS case follows the industry practice
where sections are designed for extreme shear and moments that
are not necessarily corresponding to the same design vehicle posi
tion. The section cut is designed for all three StepTypes in the
COMBOMax, Min and ABSand the controlling StepType is
reported.
In the case when demand moment
u u p v
M V V d , <
two new
force demand sets are generated where
vpos p u upos
d V V M =
and
vneg p u uneg
d V V M =
. The acronyms CodeMinMuPos
and CodeMinMuNeg are added to the end of the StepType
name. The signs of the P and V2 are preserved.
The shear resistance is evaluated for every force demand set de
scribed previously. and the smallest value is used in evaluation
of the rating factor.
The component in the direction of the applied shear of the effec
tive prestressing force, positive if resisting the applied shear, is
evaluated:
2 2Tot
girders
c
p
V V
V
n
=
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Depth of equivalent stress block a for both positive and nega
tive moment is evaluated in accordance with eq. 5.7.3.1.1. See
section 4.1.2.
Effective shear depth is evaluated.
ps ps p vl y s
e
ps ps vl y
A f d A f d
d
A f A f
+
=
+
( )
girder
max 0 72 0 9 0 5
v e e
d . d , . d , d . a =
Evaluate numerator and denominator of (eq. 5.8.3.4.24)
numerator
0 5 0 7
u
s u u p ps pu
V
M
. N V V A . f
d
c = + +
denominator s p ps s vl
E A E A c = +
Adjust denominator values as follows
If
denominator
0
s
c = and
numerator
0
s
, c > then
LimitPos s s
c c =
If
numerator
0
s
, c < then
denominator s p ps s vl c c
E A E A E A c = + +
Evaluate (eq. 5.8.3.4.24)
numerator
denominator
s
s
s
c
c
c
=
Check if axial tension is large enough to crack the flexural
compression face of the section.
If
girder
0 52
u
c
N
. f ' ,
A
> then 2
s s
c c =
Check against the limit on the strain in nonprestressed longitu
dinal tension reinforcement specified in the Design Request
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LimitNeg
max( , )
s s s
c c c = and
LimitPos
min( , )
s s s
c c c =
Evaluate the angle u of inclination of diagonal compressive
stresses as determined in Article 5.8.3.4
18 29 3500 45
s
c s + s (5.8.3.4)
Evaluate minimum transverse reinforcement density required in
accordance with code
min
0 083
v
v c
y
b
A . f
f
' = (5.8.3.4)
Check if the provided girder transverse reinforcement density
A
vprov
averaged over distance 0.5cot measured upstation and
downstation from the current section cut satisfies the minimum
specified by code and evaluate the factor indicating the ability
of diagonally cracked concrete to transmit tension and shear, as
specified in Article 5.8.3.4
If A
vprov
A
vmin
, then
4 8
1 750
s
.

c
=
+
else
4 8 51 25 4
1 750 39 25 4
s xe
. .
. s

c
=
+ +
where
35
16
x
xe
g
s
s
a
=
+
(eq. 5.8.3.4)
Evaluate nominal shear resistance provided by tensile stresses in
the concrete eq. 5.8.3.33
0 083
c c v
V . f ' b d  =
Evaluate nominal shear resistance provided by tensile stresses in
the transverse reinforcement eq. 5.8.3.34
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prov
cot
s v y v
V A f d u = (eq. 5.8.3.34)
Evaluate total factored shear resistance and check against a
maximum specified in 5.8.3.32
( ) min 0 25
r v c s c v v
V V V ; . f b d ' = +
Note: The shear resistance evaluated here purposely ignores the
effect of the component in the direction of the applied shear of the
effective prestressing force V
p
. This is to ensure that the prestress
ing effect is not double counted when evaluating the load rating
factor. The name of the combo that contains the prestressing loads
is specified in the Demand Set P Combo in the rating request.
4.3.7 Rating Factor Algorithm
In case any of the userdefined combos for demands sets
DC
V
DC
,
DW
V
DW
, or
P
V
P
contain multiple StepTypes, the V2 demands from
Max and Min StepTypes are consolidated into one ABS Step
Type. This is accomplished by selecting maximum absolute from
the two StepType values while preserving the sign.
The girder rating factor is calculated for each StepType present in
the
L
V
LL+IM
demand set. The StepType that produces the smallest
rating factor is reported in the output table.
The sign of the sum of shear demands
DC
V
DC
,
DW
V
DW
, or
P
V
P
is de
termined. If the sign of the sum matches the sign of the
L
V
LL+IM
,
the shear resistance is reduced by the sum; if the sign of the sum is
opposite, the shear resistance is increased by the sum.
Load Rating 5 1
Chapter 5 Steel ISection with Concrete Slab
This chapter describes the algorithm CSiBridge applies when load rating deck
superstructures comprised of steel Ibeam with concrete slab. The slab can be
noncomposite or composite. The load rating is in accordance with the
AASHTO Manual for Bridge Evaluation First Edition 2008 with 2010 Interim
Revisions (AASHTO MBE). The user has an option to set determination of
flexural capacity of qualifying sections in accordance with AASHTO LRFD
Section 6 or with Appendix A.
This algorithm analyzes the superstructure on a girderbygirder (beamby
beam) basis while ignoring the effects of torsion. The user has the option to use
the individual girder demands directly from the CSiBridge model (available
only for Area and Solid models) or use Live Load Distribution (LLD) factors.
CSiBridge gives the user a choice of methods to address distribution of live
load to individual girders. The evaluation and application of LLD factors is de
scribed in detail in Chapter 3 of the Bridge Superstructure Design manual. It is
important to note that to obtain relevant results, the definition of a Moving
Load case must be adjusted depending on which method is selected. Refer to
Chapter 3 Section 3.1 of the Bridge Superstructure Design manual.
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5.1 Load Rating
5.1.1 Rating Factor
( )( )( ) ( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
DC DW
L
DC DW
LL IM
c s n
R
RF
=
+
AASHTO MBE eq. 6A.4.2.11
RF Rating factor calculated by CSiBridge
R
n
Nominal resistance calculated by CSiBridge
Values specified by the user in the Rating Request:
c
Condition factor; Default Value = 1.0, Typical value(s): 1.0. The fac
tor is specified in the Rating Parameters form.
s
System factor; Default Value = 1.0, Typical value(s): 1.0. The factor
is specified in the Rating Parameters form.
Resistance factor taken as
flex
or
shear
depending on type of rating
flex
Resistance factor for flexure; Default Value = 1.0, Typical value(s):
1.0. The factor is specified in the Rating Parameters form.
shear
Resistance factor for shear; Default Value = 1.0, Typical value(s):
1.0. The factor is specified in the Rating Parameters form.
DC
DC Factored moment demand due to dead load of structural components
and attachments. The
DC
factor shall be included in the combo speci
fied in the DC Combo demand set.
DW
DW Factored moment demand due to dead load of wearing surface and
utilities. The
DW
factor shall be included in the combo specified in
the DW Combo demand set.
LLIM Factored demand due to live load. The
L
factor shall be included in
the combo specified in the LL+IM Combo demand set.
5.1.2 Rating Factor Algorithm  Flexure
The rating factor is calculated for each StepType present in the
L
LLIM de
mand set. The StepType that produces the smallest rating factor is reported in
the output table.
Chapter 5 Steel ISection with Concrete Slab
Section Properties 5 3
For each StepType one of the sections flexural capacities (positive or negative)
to be used in the rating factor equation is selected to match the sign of the
L
LLIM moment. Then the sign of the sum of moments
DC
DC +
DW
DW is de
termined. If the sign of the sum matches the sign of the
L
LLIM, the moment
resistance is reduced by the sum; if the sign of the sum is opposite, the moment
resistance is increased by the sum.
When the AASHTO LRFD code prescribes flange lateral bending stresses f
l
to
be considered, the specified fraction of the absolute value of f
l
caused by DC
and DW is deducted from resistance, and f
l
caused by LLIM is added to the
LLIM demand.
5.1.3 Rating Factor Algorithm  Shear
In case any of the user defined combos for demands sets
DC
V
DC
or
DW
V
DW
contain multiple StepTypes, the V2 demands from the Max and Min StepTypes
are consolidated into one ABS StepType. This is accomplished by selecting the
maximum absolute from the two StepType values while preserving the sign.
The girder rating factor is calculated for each StepType present in the
L
V
LL+IM
demand set. The StepType that produces the smallest rating factor is reported
in the output table.
The sign of the sum of shear demands
DC
V
DC
+
DW
V
DW
is determined. If the sign
of the sum matches the sign of the
L
V
LL+IM
, the shear resistance is reduced by
the sum; if the sign of the sum is opposite the sign of the
L
V
LL+IM
, the shear re
sistance is increased by the sum.
5.2 Section Properties
5.2.1 Section Proportions
When the rating parameter Ignore Proportion Limits = No, the program veri
fies each section cut for crosssection proportion limits in accordance with
AASHTO LRFD Section 6.10.2. If any of the girders in the section cut do not
satisfy the limits, the section cut is flagged as not valid, and the rating is not
calculated at that cut. To avoid flagging the section as not valid, set the rating
parameter to Yes. In that case, it is the responsibility of the user to verify that
the resistance formulas, as specified in AASHTO LRFD Section 6.10, are still
applicable.
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5.2.2 Yield Moments
5.2.2.1.1 Composite Section in Positive Flexure
The positive yield moment, M
y
, is determined by the program in accordance
with section D6.2.2 of the code. For the purpose of determining positive yield
moment, M
y
, the program decomposes load cases present in combo DC to two
Bridge Design Action categories: noncomposite and composite long term; all
load cases present in DW are assigned to the composite longterm category.
The program uses the load case Bridge Design Action parameter to assign the
load cases to the appropriate categories. It should be noted that any NonLinear
Staged Analysis case present in the DC combo will be assigned to the non
composite category. See Section 5.2.5 for more information on the Bridge De
sign Action categories.
M
dnc
= Moment caused by the factored permanent load applied before the con
crete deck has hardened or is made composite.
M
dc
= Moment caused by the remainder of the factored permanent load (ap
plied to the composite section).
The program solves for M
AD
from the following equation,
dnc dc AD
yt
NC LT ST
M M M
F
S S S
= + + (D6.2.21)
and then calculates yield moment based on the following equation
y dnc dc AD
M M M M = + + (D6.2.22)
where
S
NC
= Noncomposite section modulus (in.
3
)
S
LT
= Longterm composite section modulus (in.
3
)
S
ST
= Shortterm composite section modulus (in.
3
)
M
y
is taken as the lesser value calculated for the compression flange, M
yc
,
or the tension flange, M
yt
. It should be noted that the M
y
calculated in the
procedure described here is used by the program only to determine M
npos
for compact section in positive bending in a continuous span, where the
Chapter 5 Steel ISection with Concrete Slab
Section Properties 5 5
nominal flexural resistance may be controlled by M
y
in accordance with
(eq. 6.10.7.1.23).
1.3
n h y
M R M s
5.2.2.1.2 Composite Section in Negative Flexure
For composite sections in negative flexure, the procedure described for positive
yield moment is followed, except that the composite section for both shortterm
and longterm moments consist of the steel section and the longitudinal rein
forcement within the tributary width of the concrete deck. Thus, S
ST
and S
LT
are
the same value. Also, M
yt
is taken with respect to either the tension flange or
the longitudinal reinforcement, whichever yields first.
It should be noted that the M
y
calculated in the procedure described here is used
by the program solely to determine the limiting slenderness ratio for a compact
web corresponding to 2D
cp
/t
w
in (eq. A6.2.12).
( ) 2
0.54 0.09
cp
yc
cp
rw pw D
c
p
h y
E
F
D
D
M
R M
 
= s

\ .  

\ .
(A6.2.12)
and web plastification factors in (eqs. A.6.2.24 and A6.2.25).
( )
( )
1 1
c
c
w pw D h yc p p
pc
p rw yc yc pw D
R M M M
R
M M M
(  
 
= s ( 


(
\ .
\ .
(A.6.2.24)
( )
( )
1 1
c
c
w pw D h yt p p
pt
p rw yt yt pw D
R M M M
R
M M M
(  
 
= s ( 


(
\ .
\ .
(A6.2.25)
5.2.2.1.3 NonComposite Section
The yield moment, M
y
, of a noncomposite section is taken as the smaller of
the moment required to cause nominal first yielding in the compression flange,
M
yc
, and the moment required to cause nominal first yielding in the tension
flange, M
yt
, at the strength limit state. Flange lateral bending in all types of sec
tions and web yielding in hybrid sections is disregarded in this calculation.
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M
yt
= F
yt
S
t
M
yc
= F
yc
S
c
M
y
= min(M
yt
,M
yc
)
5.2.3 Plastic Moments
5.2.3.1.1 Composite Section in Positive Flexure
The positive plastic moment, M
p
, is calculated as the moment of the plastic
forces about the plastic neutral axis. Plastic forces in the steel portions of a
crosssection are calculated using the yield strengths of the flanges, the web,
and reinforcing steel, as appropriate. Plastic forces in the concrete portions of
the crosssection that are in compression are based on a rectangular stress block
with the magnitude of the compressive stress equal to 0.85 .
c
f ' Concrete in ten
sion is neglected. The position of the plastic neutral axis is determined by the
equilibrium condition that there is no net axial force.
The plastic moment of a composite section in positive flexure is determined by:
Calculating the element forces and using them to determine if the plastic neu
tral axis is in the web, top flange, or concrete deck;
Calculating the location of the plastic neutral axis within the element deter
mined in the first step;
and
Calculating Mp.
Equations for the various potential locations of the plastic neutral axis (PNA)
are given in Table 51.
Table 51 Calculation of PNA and M
p
for Sections in Positive Flexure
Case PNA Condition Y and M
p
I In Web P
t
+ P
w
> P
c
+ P
s
+ P
rb
+ P
n
( )
 
2
2
1
2
2
t c s rt rb
w
w
p s s rt rt rb rb c c t t
D P P P P P
Y
P
P
M Y D Y Pd P d P d Pd Pd
D
(  
= +
 (
\ .
(
= + + + + + +
Chapter 5 Steel ISection with Concrete Slab
Section Properties 5 7
Table 51 Calculation of PNA and M
p
for Sections in Positive Flexure
Case PNA Condition Y and M
p
II
In Top
Flange
P
t
+ P
w
+ P
c
> P
s
+ P
rb
+ P
n
( )  
2
2
1
2
2
c w t s rt rb
c
c
p c s s n n rb rb w w t t
c
t P P P P P
Y
P
P
M Y t Y Pd P d P d P d Pd
t
  ( +
= +
 (
\ .
(
= + + + + + +
III
Concrete
Deck
Below
P
rb
P
t
+ P
w
+ P
c
>
2
rb
c
t
 

\ .
P
s
+ P
rb
+ P
n
( )
 
2
2
c w t rt rb
s
s
s
p rt rt rb rb c c w w t t
s
P P P P P
Y t
P
Y P
M P d P d P d P d Pd
t
( + +
=
(
 
= + + + + +

\ .
IV
Concrete
Deck at
P
rb
P
t
+ P
w
+ P
c
+ P
rb
>
rb
s
c
t
 

\ .
P
s
+ P
n
 
2
2
rb
s
p rt rt c c w w t t
s
Y c
Y P
M P d P d P d Pd
t
=
 
= + + + +

\ .
V
Concrete
Deck
Above
P
rb
and
Below
P
rt
P
t
+ P
w
+ P
c
+ P
rb
>
rt
s
c
t
 

\ .
P
s
+ P
n
( )
 
2
2
rb c w t rt
s
s
s
p rt rt rb rb c c w w t t
s
P P P P P
Y t
P
Y P
M P d P d P d P d Pd
t
+ + + (
=
(
 
= + + + + +

\ .
VI
Concrete
Deck at
P
rt
P
t
+ P
w
+ P
c
+ P
rb
+ P
n
>
rt
s
c
t
 

\ .
P
s
 
2
2
rt
s
p rb rb c c w w t t
s
Y c
Y P
M P d P d P d Pd
t
=
 
= + + + +

\ .
VII
Concrete
Deck
Above
P
rt
P
t
+ P
w
+ P
c
+ P
rb
+ P
rt
<
rt
s
c
t
 

\ .
P
s
( )
 
2
2
rb c w t rt
s
s
s
p rt rt rb rb c c w w t t
s
P P P P P
Y t
P
Y P
M P d P d P d P d Pd
t
+ + + + (
=
(
 
= + + + + +

\ .
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s
b
s
t
c
t
t
t
c
b
t
b
w
t
D
rt
A
rb
A
rt
P
t
P
w
P
c
P
rb
P
s
P
CASE I CASE II
CASES IIIVII
PNA
PNA
PNA
Y Y
Y
rt
C
rb
C
s
b
s
t
c
t
t
t
c
b
t
b
w
t
D
rt
A
rb
A
rt
P
t
P
w
P
c
P
rb
P
s
P
CASE I CASE II
CASES IIIVII
PNA
PNA
PNA
Y Y
Y
rt
C
rb
C
Next the section is checked for ductility requirement in accordance with (eq.
6.10.7.3)
D
p
s 0.42D
t
where D
p
is the distance from the top of the concrete deck to the neutral axis of
the composite section at the plastic moment, and D
t
is the total depth of the
composite section. At the section where the ductility requirement is not satis
fied, the plastic moment of a composite section in positive flexure is set to
zero.
5.2.3.1.2 Composite Section in Negative Flexure
The plastic moment of a composite section in negative flexure is calculated by
an analogous procedure. Equations for the two cases most likely to occur in
practice are given in Table 52.
Chapter 5 Steel ISection with Concrete Slab
Section Properties 5 9
Table 52 Calculation of PNA and M
p
for Sections in Negative Flexure
Case PNA Condition
Y and M
p
I In Web P
c
+ P
w
> P
t
+ P
rb
+ P
n
( )
 
2
2
1
2
2
c t rt rb
w
w
p n n rb rb t t l l
D P P P P
Y
P
P
M Y D Y P d P d Pd Pd
D
  (
= +

(
\ .
(
= + + + + +
II
In Top
Flange
P
c
+ P
w
+ P
t
> P
rb
+ P
n
( )  
2
2
1
2
2
l w c rt rb
t
t
p l n n rb rb w w c c
l
t P P P P
Y
P
P
M Y t Y P d P d P d Pd
t
  (
= +

(
\ .
(
= + + + + +
rt
P
rb
P
t
P
w
P
c
P
s
t
t
t
c
t
D
c
b
c
b
w
t
rt
A
rb
A
PNA
Y
CASE V
CASE I CASE II
PNA
Y
rt
P
rb
P
t
P
w
P
c
P
s
t
t
t
c
t
D
c
b
c
b
w
t
rt
A
rb
A
rt
A
rb
A
PNA
Y
PNA
Y
CASE V
CASE I CASE II
PNA
Y
PNA
Y
in which
P
rt
= F
yrt
A
rt
P
s
= 0.85
c
f ' b
s
t
s
P
rb
= F
yrb
A
rb
P
c
= F
yc
b
c
t
c
P
w
= F
yw
Dt
w
P
t
= F
yt
b
t
t
t
In the equations for M
p
given in Tables 51 and 52, d is the distance from an
element force to the plastic neutral axis. Element forces act at (a) midthickness
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for the flanges and the concrete deck, (b) middepth of the web, and (c) center
of reinforcement. All element forces, dimensions, and distances are taken as
positive. The conditions are checked in the order listed in Tables 51 and 52.
5.2.3.1.3 NonComposite Section
The plastic moment of a noncomposite section is calculated by eliminating the
terms pertaining to the concrete deck and longitudinal reinforcement from the
equations in Tables 51 and 52 for composite sections.
5.2.4 Section Classification and Factors
5.2.4.1.1 Compact or NonCompact Positive Flexure
The program determines if the section can be qualified as compact based on the
following criteria:
the specified minimum yield strengths of the flanges do not exceed 70.0 ksi,
the web satisfies the requirement of Article (6.10.2.1.1),
150
w
D
t
s
the section satisfies the web slenderness limit,
2
3.76 .
cp
w yc
D
E
t F
s (6.10.6.2.21)
The program does not verify if the composite section is kinked (chorded) con
tinuous or horizontally curved.
5.2.4.1.2 Design in Accordance with Appendix A
The program determines if a section qualifies to be designed using Appendix A
of AASHTO LRFD 2008 Edition based on the following criteria:
The Rating Request parameter Use Appendix A? is set to Yes (see Chapter
4 for more information about setting parameters in the Rating Request),
The specified minimum yield strengths of the flanges do not exceed 70.0 ksi,
Chapter 5 Steel ISection with Concrete Slab
Section Properties 5 11
The web satisfies the noncompact slenderness limit,
2
5.7
c
w yc
D E
t F
< (6.10.6.2.31)
The flanges satisfy the following ratio,
0.3.
yc
yt
I
I
> (6.10.6.2.32)
The program does not verify if the composite section is kinked (chorded) con
tinuous or horizontally curved.
5.2.4.1.3 Hybrid Factor R
h
Composite Section Positive Flexure
For rolled shapes, homogenous builtup sections, and builtup sections with a
higherstrength steel in the web than in both flanges, R
h
is taken as 1.0. Other
wise the hybrid factor is taken as:
( )
3
12 3
12 2
h
R


+
=
+
(6.10.1.10.11)
where
2
n w
fn
D t
A
 = (6.10.1.10.12)
the smaller of and 1.0
yw n
F f =
A
fn
= bottom flange area
D
n
= the distance from the elastic neutral axis of the crosssection
to the inside face of the bottom flange.
F
n
= f
y
of the bottom flange.
5.2.4.1.4 Hybrid Factor R
h
Composite Section Negative Flexure
For rolled shapes, homogenous builtup sections, and builtup sections with a
higherstrength steel in the web than in both flanges, R
h
is taken as 1.0. Other
wise the hybrid factor is taken as:
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( )
3
12 3
12 2
h
R


+
=
+
(6.10.1.10.11)
where
2
n w
fn
D t
A
 = (6.10.1.10.12)
the smaller of and 1.0
yw n
F f =
A
fn
= Flange area on the side of the neutral axis corresponding to D
n
.
If the top flange controls, then the area of longitudinal rebar in
the slab is included in calculating A
fn
.
D
n
= The larger of the distances from the elastic neutral axis of the
crosssection to the inside face of either flange. For sections
where the neutral axis is at the middepth of the web, this dis
tance is from the neutral axis to the inside face of the flange on
the side of the neutral axis where yielding occurs first.
F
n
= f
y
of the controlling flange. When the top flange controls, then
F
n
is equal to the largest of the minimum specified yield
strengths of the top flange or longitudinal rebar in the slab.
5.2.4.1.5 Hybrid Factor R
h
NonComposite Section
For rolled shapes, homogenous builtup sections, and builtup sections with a
higherstrength steel in the web than in both flanges, R
h
is taken as 1.0. Other
wise the hybrid factor is taken as:
( )
3
12 3
12 2
h
R


+
=
+
(6.10.1.10.11)
Chapter 5 Steel ISection with Concrete Slab
Section Properties 5 13
where
2
n w
fn
D t
A
 = (6.10.1.10.12)
the smaller of and 1.0
yw n
F f =
A
fn
= Flange area on the side of the neutral axis corresponding to D
n
.
D
n
= The larger of the distances from the elastic neutral axis of the
crosssection to the inside face of either flange. For sections
where the neutral axis is at the middepth of the web, this dis
tance is from the neutral axis to the inside face of the flange on
the side of the neutral axis where yielding occurs first.
F
n
= f
y
of the controlling flange.
5.2.4.1.6 Web LoadShedding Factor R
b
When rating composite sections in positive flexure, the R
b
factor is taken as
equal to 1.0. For composite sections in negative flexure and noncomposite
sections, the R
b
factor is taken as:
2
1 1.0
1200 300
wc
wc c
b rw
a w
a D
R
t
  
= s
 
+
\ .
\ .
(6.10.1.10.2)
where
5.7
rw
yc
E
F
= (6.10.1.10.24)
2
c w
wc
fc fc
D t
a
b t
= (6.10.1.10.25)
When the user specifies the Rating Request parameter Do webs have longitu
dinal stiffeners? as Yes, the R
b
factor is set to 1.0 (see Chapter 4 for more in
formation about specifying Rating Request parameters).
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5 14 Demand Sets
5.2.5 Unbraced Length L
b
and Section Transitions
The program assumes that the top flange is continuously braced for both the
noncomposite and composite rating request. The unbraced length L
b
for the
bottom flange is equal to the distance between the nearest downstation and up
station qualifying cross diaphragms or span end as defined in the Bridge Ob
ject. Some of the diaphragm types available in CSiBridge may not necessarily
provide restraint to the bottom flange. The program assumes that the following
diaphragm qualifies as providing lateral restraint to the bottom flange: single
beam, all types of chords and braces except V braces without bottom beam.
The program calculates demands and capacities pertaining to a given section
cut at a given station without considering section transition within the unbraced
length. It does not search for the highest demands vs. the smallest resistance F
nc
within the unbraced length as the code suggests. It is also setting the value of
the moment gradient modifier equal to 1.0. It is the responsibility of the user to
pay special attention to section transition within unbraced lengths and follow
the guidelines in AASHTO LRFD C6.10.8.2.3.
5.3 Demand Sets
5.3.1 Composite Sections
The way the demands DW, DC, and LLIM are used depends on the setting of
the rating parameter "Use Stage Analysis? (see Chapter 4 for more informa
tion about specifying Rating Request parameters).
If Use Stage Analysis? = Yes, the program reads the stresses on beams and
slabs directly from the section cut results. The program assumes that the effects
of the staging of loads applied to noncomposite versus composite section as
well as the concrete slab material time dependent properties were captured us
ing the Nonlinear Staged Construction load case available in CSiBridge. In
case any of the user defined combos for demands sets
DC
DC or
DW
DW contain
multiple StepTypes, the StepTypes for the DC and DW demands are selected
to match the StepType of the LLIM case that is being processed. In other
words, the rating factor is calculated for DC, DW and LLIM StepType = Max
and then again for DC, DW and LLIM StepType = Min. The StepType that
produces the smallest rating factor is reported in the output table.
Chapter 5 Steel ISection with Concrete Slab
Demand Sets 5 15
If Use Stage Analysis? = No, the program decomposes load cases present in
the DC demand set combo to two Bridge Design Action categories: non
composite and composite long term. All load cases present in the DW demand
set combo are assigned to the composite longterm category and all load cases
present in the LLIM demand set combo are assigned to the composite short
term category.
The program uses the load case Bridge Design Action parameter to assign the
load cases present in the DC demand set combo to the appropriate categories.
A default Bridge Design Action parameter is assigned to a load case based on
its Design Load Type. However, the parameter can be overwritten: click the
Analysis > Load Cases > {Type} > New command to display the Load Case
Data {Type} form; click the Design button next to the Load case type drop
down list; under the heading Bridge Design Action, select the User Defined op
tion and select a value from the list. The assigned Bridge Designed Action val
ues are handled by the program in the following manner:
Table 53 Bridge Design Action
Bridge Design Action Value
Specified By the User
Bridge Design Action Category
Used in the Design Algorithm
NonComposite NonComposite
LongTerm Composite LongTerm Composite
ShortTerm Composite ShortTerm Composite
Staged NonComposite
Other NonComposite
In case any of the user defined combos for demands sets
DC
DC or
DW
DW
contain multiple StepTypes, the M3 demands from the Max and Min Step
Types are consolidated into one ABS StepType. This is completed by selecting
the maximum absolute from the two StepType values while preserving the
sign.
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5 16 Demand Sets
5.3.1.1 Demand Flange Stresses f
bu
and f
f
Evaluation of the flange stress, f
bu
, calculated without consideration of the
flange lateral bending is dependent on setting the Rating Request parameter
Use Stage Analysis?
If the Use Stage Analysis? = No, then
DCNonComp DCComp
buDC
Steel LTC
M M
f
s s
= +
DW
DW
LTC
bu
M
f
s
=
LLIM
LLIM
STC
bu
M
f
s
=
where M
DCNonComp
is the DC demand moment on the noncomposite section,
M
DCComp
is the DC demand moment on the longterm composite section, M
DW
is
the DW demand moment on the longterm composite section, and M
LLIM
is the
LLIM demand moment on the shortterm composite section.
The shortterm section modulus for positive moment S
STC
is calculated by trans
forming the concrete deck using the steeltoconcrete modular ratio. The long
term section modulus for positive moment S
LTC
is using a modular ratio factored
by n, where n is specified in the rating parameter Modular ratio long term
multiplier. The effect of compression reinforcement is ignored. For negative
moment, the concrete deck is assumed to be cracked and is not included in the
section modulus calculations, while tension reinforcement is accounted for.
If Use Stage Analysis? = Yes, then the f
bu
stresses on each flange are read di
rectly from the section cut results. The program assumes that the effects of the
staging of loads applied to noncomposite versus composite sections as well as
the concrete slab material time dependent properties were captured using the
Nonlinear Staged Construction load case available in CSiBridge.
In the Strength RatingRequest the program verifies the sign of the stress in the
composite slab and if stress is positive (tension), the program assumes that the
entire section cut demand moment is carried by the steel section only. This is to
Chapter 5 Steel ISection with Concrete Slab
Demand Sets 5 17
reflect the fact that the concrete in the composite slab is cracked and does not
contribute to the resistance of the section.
Flange stress f
f
used in the Service Rating Request is evaluated in the same
manner as stress f
bu
, with one exception. When the Design Parameter Does
concrete slab resist tension? in the Steel Composite Service rating request is
set to Yes, the program uses section properties based on a transformed sec
tion, assuming the concrete slab to be fully effective in both tension and com
pression.
5.3.1.2 Demand Flange Lateral Bending Stress f
l
The f
l
stress on each flange is read directly from the section cut results. The
flange lateral bending stress f
l
is evaluated only when all of the following con
ditions are met:
Steel Girders has been selected for the deck section type (Components >
Superstructure Item > Deck Sections command) and the Girder Modeling
In Area Object Models Model Girders Using Area Objects option is set to
Yes on the Define Bridge Section Data Steel Girder form.
The bridge object is modeled using Area Objects. This option can be set us
ing the Bridge > Update command to display the Update Bridge Structural
Model form; then select the Update as Area Object Model option.
The Live Load Distribution to Girders method has been set to Use Directly
Forces from CSiBridge on the Bridge Rating Request Superstructure
{Code} form, which displays when the Design/Rating > Load Rating >
Rating Requests command is used (see Chapter 3 for more information
about Live Load Distribution).
In all other cases, the flange lateral bending stress is set to zero.
5.3.1.3 Depth of the Web in Compression
For composite sections in positive flexure the depth of web in compression is
computed using the following equation:
0
c
c fc
t
c
f
D d t
f f
 
= >

+
\ .
(D6.3.11)
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5 18 Demand Sets
where
f
c
= Sum of the compressionflange stresses caused by the different loads act
ing on their respective sections, i.e., DC1, the permanent load acting on
the noncomposite section; DC2, the permanent load acting on the long
term composite section; DW, the wearing surface load; and LL+IM. f
c
is
taken as negative when the stress is in compression. Flange lateral bend
ing is disregarded in this calculation.
f
t
= The sum of the tensionflange stresses caused by the different loads.
Flange lateral bending is disregarded in this calculation.
For composite sections in negative flexure, D
c
is computed for the section con
sisting of the steel girder plus the longitudinal reinforcement, with the excep
tion of the following. For composite sections in negative flexure at the Service
Design Check Request where the concrete deck is considered effective in ten
sion for computing flexural stresses on the composite section (Design Parame
ter Does concrete slab resist tension? = Yes), D
c
is computed from Eq.
D6.3.11. For this case, the stresses f
c
and f
t
are switched, the signs shown in
the stress diagram are reversed, t
fc
is the thickness of the bottom flange, and D
c
instead extends from the neutral axis down to the top of the bottom flange.
5.3.2 NonComposite Sections
5.3.2.1 Demand Flange Stresses f
bu
and f
f
The stresses are calculated based on the assumption that only the steel beam re
sists moments applied to the entire girder (= steel beam plus tributary area of
slab).
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5.3.2.2 Demand Flange Lateral Bending Stress f
l
The flange lateral bending stress f
l
is set to zero.
5.3.2.3 Depth of the Web in Compression
D
c
is computed based on the location of the steel beam neutral axis.
5.4 Strength Rating Request
The Strength Rating Request calculates at every section cut positive flexural
capacity, negative flexural capacity, and shear capacity. It then calculates the
rating factor per algorithm described in Section 5.1 of this manual.
5.4.1 Flexure
5.4.1.1 Positive Flexure Compact
The nominal flexural resistance of the section is evaluated as follows:
If D
p
s 0.1 D
t
, then M
n
= M
p
, otherwise
1.07 0.7
p
n p
t
D
M M
D
 
=

\ .
(6.10.7.1.22)
In a continuous span the nominal flexural resistance of the section is deter
mined as
M
n
s 1.3R
h
M
y
where R
h
is a hybrid factor for the section in positive flexure.
The rating factor is evaluated as
flex DC DW DC DW
LLIM LLIM
1
3
1
3
c s n xt l l u u
u xt l
M S f f M M
RF
M S f
+
=
+
5.4.1.2 Positive Flexure NonCompact
Nominal flexural resistance of the top compression flange is taken as:
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F
nc
= R
b
R
h
F
yc
(6.10.7.2.21)
Nominal flexural resistance of the bottom tension flange is taken as:
F
nt
= R
h
F
yt
(6.10.7.2.21)
The rating factor is evaluated as
flex DC DW
LLIM
c s nc bu bu
c
bu
F f f
RF
f
=
flex DC DW DC DW
LLIM LLIM
1
3
1
3
c s nt t l bu bu
c
bu l
F f f f f
RF
f f
+
=
+
deckDW
deck
deckLLIM
0.6
c s c
f f
RF
f
'
=
( )
deck
min , ,
c t
RF RF RF RF =
5.4.1.3 Negative Flexure in Accordance with Article 6.10.8
The local buckling resistance of the compression flange F
nc(FLB)
as specified in
Article 6.10.8.2.2 is taken as:
If
f
s
pf
, then F
nc
= R
b
R
h
F
yc
. (6.10.8.2.21)
Otherwise
1 1
yr f pf
nc b h yc
h yc rf pf
F
F R R F
R F
(   
=
(  
( \ .\ .
(6.10.8.2.22)
in which
2
fc
f
fc
b
t
= (6.10.8.2.23)
0.38
pf
yc
E
F
= (6.10.8.2.24)
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Strength Rating Request 5 21
0.56
rf
yr
E
F
= (6.10.8.2.25)
F
yr
= compressionflange stress at the onset of nominal yielding
within the crosssection, including residual stress effects, but
not including compressionflange lateral bending, taken as the
smaller of 0.7F
yc
and F
yw
, but not less than 0.5F
yc
.
The lateral torsional buckling resistance of the compression flange F
nc(LTB)
as
specified in Article (6.10.8.2.3) is taken as follows:
If L
b
s L
p
, then F
nc
= R
b
R
h
F
yc
. (6.10.8.2.31)
If L
p
< L
b
s L
r
, then
1 1 .
yr b p
nc b b h yc b h yc
h yc r p
F L L
F C R R F R R F
R F L L
(   
= s
(  
( \ .\ .
(6.10.8.2.32)
If L
b
> L
r
, then F
nc
= F
cr
s R
b
R
h
F
yc
(6.10.8.2.33)
in which
unbraced length, 1.0 ,
b p t r t
yc yr
E E
L L r L r
F F
t = = =
C
b
= 1 (moment gradient modifier)
2
2
b b
cr
b
t
C R E
F
L
r
t
=
 

\ .
(6.10.8.2.38)
.
1
12 1
3
fc
t
c w
fc fc
b
r
D t
b t
=
 
+

\ .
(6.10.8.2.39)
The nominal flexural resistance of the bottom compression flange is taken as
the smaller of the local buckling resistance and the lateral torsional buckling
resistance:
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( ) ( ) FLB LTB
min ,
nc nc nc
F F F = (
The nominal flexural resistance of the top tension flange is taken as:
.
nt h yf
F R F = (6.10.8.1.31)
The demand over capacity ratio is evaluated as
flex DC DW DC DW
LLIM LLIM
1
3
1
3
c s nc xt l l bu bu
c
bu l
F S f f f f
RF
f f
+
=
+
flex DC DW
LLIM
c s nt bu bu
t
bu
F f f
RF
f
=
( ) min ,
c t
RF RF RF =
5.4.1.4 Negative Flexure in Accordance with Appendix A6
Sections that satisfy the following requirement qualify as compact web sec
tions:
( )
2
cp
cp
pw D
w
D
t
s (A6.2.12)
where
( ) 2
0.54 0.09
cp
yc
cp
pw D
c
p
h y
E
F D
D
M
R M
 
= s

\ .  

\ .
(A6.2.12)
5.7
rw
yc
E
F
= (A6.2.13)
D
c
= depth of the web in compression in the elastic range
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Strength Rating Request 5 23
D
cp
= depth of the web in compression at the plastic moment
Then web plastification factors are determined as
p
pc
yc
M
R
M
= (A6.2.14)
p
pt
yt
M
R
M
= (A6.2.15)
Sections that do not satisfy the requirement for compact web sections, but for
which the web slenderness satisfies the following requirement:
w rw
< (A6.2.21)
where
2
c
w
w
D
t
= (A6.2.22)
5.7
rw
yc
E
F
= (A6.2.23)
The web plastification factors are taken as:
( )
( )
1 1
c
c
w pw D h yc p p
pc
p tw yc yc pw D
R M M M
R
M M M
(  
 
= s ( 


(
\ .
\ .
(A6.2.24)
( )
( )
1 1
c
c
w pw D h yt p p
pt
p rw yt yt pw D
R M M M
R
M M M
(  
 
= s ( 


(
\ .
\ .
(A6.2.25)
where
( ) ( )
.
c c
c
rw pw D pw D p
cp
D
D
 
= s

\ .
(A6.2.26)
The local buckling resistance of the compression flange M
ncFLB
as specified in
Article A6.3.2 is taken as:
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If ,
f pf
s then .
nc pc yc
M R M = (A6.3.21)
Otherwise 1 1
yr xc f pf
nc pc yc
pc yc rf pf
F S
M R M
R M
(   
=
(  
( \ .\ .
(A6.3.22)
in which
2
fc
f
fc
b
t
= (A6.3.23)
0.38
pf
yc
E
F
= (A6.3.24)
0.95 .
c
rf
yr
Ek
F
= (A6.3.25)
For builtup sections,
4
.
c
w
k
D
t
= (A6.3.26)
For rolled shapes (eFramePropType =SECTION_I as defined in API function
SapObject.SapModel.PropFrame.GetNameList; PropType argument)
k
c
= 0.76.
The lateral torsional buckling resistance of the compression flange M
ncLTB
as
specified in Article A6.3.3 is taken as:
If ,
b p
L L > then .
nc pc yc
M R M = (A6.3.31)
If ,
p b r
L L L < s then
1 1 .
yr xc b p
nc b pc yc pc yc
pc yc r p
F S L L
M C R M R M
R M L L
(   
= s
(  
( \ .\ .
(A6.3.32)
If ,
b r
L L > then .
nc cr xc pc yc
M F S R M = s (A6.3.33)
in which
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Strength Rating Request 5 25
unbraced length,
b
L =
1.0
p t
yc
E
L r
F
= (A6.3.34)
2
1.95 1 1 6.76
yr
xc
r t
yr xc
F
E J S h
L r
F S h E J
 
= + +

\ .
(A6.3.35)
1 moment gradient modifier.
b
C =
( )
( )
2
2
2
1 0.078
b
cr b t
xc
b t
C E J
F L r
S h
L r
t
= + (A6.3.38)
3 3
3
1 0.63 1 0.63
3 3 3
fc ft fc ft ft ft
w
fc ft
b t t b t t
Dt
J
b b
   
= + +
 
\ . \ .
(A6.3.39)
1
12 1
3
fc
t
c w
fc fc
b
r
D t
b t
=
 
+

\ .
(A6.3.310)
The nominal flexural resistance of the bottom compression flange is taken as
the smaller of the local buckling resistance and the lateral torsional buckling
resistance:
( ) ( )
FLB LTB
min , .
nc nc nc
M M M = (
The nominal flexural resistance of the top tension flange is taken as:
.
nt pt yt
M R M = (A6.1.41)
The rating factor is evaluated as:
flex DC DW DC DW
LLIM LLIM
1
3
1
3
c s nc xc l l u u
c
u xc l
M S f f M M
RF
M S f
+
=
+
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flex DC DW
LLIM
c s nt u u
t
u
M M M
RF
M
=
( ) min , .
c t
RF RF RF =
5.4.2 Shear
When processing the Rating Request from the Design/Rating module, the pro
gram assumes that there are no vertical stiffeners present and classifies all web
panels as unstiffened. If the shear capacity calculated based on this classifica
tion is not sufficient to resist the demand specified in the Rating Request, the
program recommends minimum stiffener spacing to achieve a Demand over
Capacity ratio equal to 1. The recommended stiffener spacing is reported in the
result table under the column heading d0req.
In the Optimization form (Design/Rating > Load Rating > Optimize com
mand), the user can specify stiffeners locations and the program recalculates
the shear resistance. In that case the program classifies the web panels as inte
rior or exterior and stiffened or unstiffened based on criteria specified in sec
tion 6.10.9.1 of the code. It should be noted that stiffeners are not modeled in
the Bridge Object and therefore adding/modifying stiffeners does not affect the
magnitude of the demands.
5.4.2.1 Nominal Resistance of Unstiffened Webs
The nominal shear resistance of unstiffened webs is taken as:
n p
V CV = (6.10.9.21)
in which
0.58
p yw w
V F Dt = (6.10.9.22)
C = the ratio of the shearbuckling resistance to the shear yield strength
that is determined as follows:
If 1.12 ,
w yw
D Ek
t F
s then C = 1.0. (6.10.9.3.24)
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Strength Rating Request 5 27
If 1.12 1.40 ,
yw w yw
Ek D Ek
F t F
< s then
1.12
.
yw
w
Ek
C
D
F
t
= (6.10.9.3.25)
If 1.40 ,
w yw
D Ek
t F
> then
2
1.57
,
yw
w
Ek
C
F
D
t
 
=

 
\ .

\ .
(6.10.9.3.26)
in which
2
5
5 .
c
k
d
D
= +
 

\ .
(6.10.9.3.27)
5.4.2.2 Nominal Resistance of Stiffened Interior Web Panels
The nominal shear resistance of an interior web panel, with the section at the
section cut proportioned such that
( )
2
2.5,
w
fc fc ft ft
Dt
b t b t
s
+
(6.10.9.3.21)
is taken as
( )
2
0.87 1
1
n p
o
C
V V C
d
D
(
= +
(
(  
+

(
\ .
(6.10.9.3.22)
in which 0.58
p yw w
V F Dt = (6.10.9.3.23)
where
d
o
= transverse stiffener spacing.
Otherwise, the nominal shear resistance is taken as follows:
( )
2
0.87 1
1
n p
o o
C
V V C
d d
D D
(
= +
(
 
(
 

+ +

( 
\ .
\ .
(6.10.9.3.28)
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5.4.2.3 Nominal Resistance of End Panels
The nominal shear resistance of a web end panel is taken as:
n cr p
V V CV = = (6.10.9.3.31)
in which
0.58 .
p yw w
V F Dt = (6.10.9.3.32)
5.4.2.4 Shear Rating Factor
The rating factor is evaluated as
shear DC DW
LLIM
c s n u u
u
V V V
RF
V
=
5.5 Service Rating Request
The Services Rating Request Check calculates at every section cut stresses f
f
at
the top steel flange and bottom steel flange, and for composite section it calcu
lates the stress f
deck
at the top of the fiber of the concrete deck. The capacities
are based on section 6.10.4.2.2 of the code.
The flange stresses are derived in the same way as the f
bu
stress demands (see
section 5.3.1.1 and 5.3.2.1 of this manual). For composite sections the user has
an option to specify if the concrete slab resists tension by setting the rating re
quest parameter Does concrete slab resist tension? It is the responsibility of
the user to verify if the slab qualifies to resist tension in accordance with sec
tion 6.10.4.2.1 of the code.
5.5.1 Composite Sections
The rating factor for the top steel flange of composite sections is as follows:
DC DW
top
LLIM
0.95
.
c s h yf bu bu
bu
R F f f
RF
f
= (6.10.4.2.21)
The rating factor for the bottom steel flange of composite sections is as fol
lows:
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Service Rating Request 5 29
DC DW DC DW
bot
LLIM
1
0.95
2
.
1
2
c s h yf l l bu bu
bu lLLIM
R F f f f f
RF
f f
+
=
+
(6.10.4.2.22)
The rating factor for the deck of compact composite sections in positive flexure
used in shored construction is a follows:
deckDW
deckLLIM
0.6
.
c s c
deck
f f
RF
f
'
= (6.10.4.2.2)
The rating factor for the bendbuckling resistance of webs (not evaluated for
composite sections in positive flexure) is as follows:
DC DW
LLIM
c s crw bu bu
crw
bu
F f f
RF
f
= (6.10.4.2.24)
where
f
c
= Compressionflange stress at the section under consideration due
to demand loads, calculated without consideration of flange lat
eral bending.
F
crw
= Nominal bendbuckling resistance for webs without longitudinal
stiffeners, determined as specified in Article 6.10.1.9.
2
0.9
crw
w
Ek
F
D
t
=
 

\ .
(6.10.1.9.11)
but not to exceed the smaller of R
h
F
yc
and F
yw
/0.7. In which
k = Bendbuckling coefficient
( )
2
9
c
k
D D
= (6.10.1.9.12)
where D
c
= depth of the web in compression in the elastic range,
determined as specified in Article D6.3.1 of the code.
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When both edges of the web are in compression, k is taken as 7.2.
The controlling rating factor is evaluated as:
( ) top bot deck crw
min , , , RF RF RF RF RF =
5.5.2 NonComposite Sections
For both steel flanges of noncomposite sections:
DC DW DC DW
LLIM LLIM
1
0.8
2
1
2
c s h yf l l bu bu
bu l
R F f f f f
RF
f f
+
=
+
(6.10.4.2.23)
5.6 Section Optimization
After at least one Steel Rating Request has been successfully processed, CSi
Bridge enables the user to open a Steel Section Optimization module. The Op
timization module allows interactive modification of steel plate sizes and defi
nition of vertical stiffeners along each girder and span. It recalculates resistance
on the fly based on the modified section without the need to unlock the
model and rerun the analysis. It should be noted that in the optimization proc
ess the demands are not recalculated and are based on the current CSiBridge
analysis results.
The Optimization form allows simultaneous display of three versions of section
sizes and associated resistance results. The section plate size versions are As
Analyzed, As Designed, and Current. The section plots use distinct colors
for each version black for As Analyzed, blue for As Designed, and red for
Current. When the Optimization form is initially opened, all three versions are
identical and equal to As Analyzed.
Two graphs are available to display various forces, moments, stresses, and ra
tios for the As Analyzed or As Designed versions. The values plotted can be
controlled by clicking the Select Series to Plot button. The As Analyzed se
ries is plotted as solid lines and the As Designed series as dashed lines.
To modify steel plate sizes or vertical stiffeners, a new form can be displayed
by clicking on the Modify Section button. After the section modification has
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Section Optimization 5 31
been completed, the Current version is shown in red in the elevation and cross
section views. After the resistance has been recalculated successfully by click
ing the Recalculate Resistance button, the Current version is designated As
Designed and displayed in blue.
After the section optimization has been completed, the As Designed plate sizes
and materials can be applied to the analysis bridge object by clicking the OK
button. The button opens a new form that can be used to Unlock the existing
model (in that case all analysis results will be deleted) or save the file under a
new name (New File button). Clicking the Exit button does not apply the new
plate sizes to the bridge object and keeps the model locked. The As Designed
version of the plate sizes will be available the next time the form is opened, and
the Current version is discarded.