Reliability Based Life Cycle Management of Bridge Subjected to Fatigue Damage

Irina Stipanovic*, Lorcan Connolly, Sandra Skaric Palic, Marko Duranovic, Róisín Donnelly, Ilaria Bernardini, Jaap Bakker

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In recent times, there has been an increase in transport infrastructure failure. This increase is due to aging infrastructure, increased number of extreme weather events caused by climate change, and increased traffic loading. Accordingly, the need for planned and unplanned maintenance interventions is rising. Associated costs do not only involve direct maintenance or reconstruction costs, but also secondary effects experienced by users of the transport network as well as the environment and society in general. Infrastructure managers require tools for accurate quantification of infrastructure resilience that will enable rational adaptation investment strategies, so as to maintain high level of safety of transport networks. Through the development of a Global Safety Framework, at the core of which is a Multi-modal Network Decision Support Tool, the SAFE-10-T project (Safety of Transport Infrastructure on the TEN-T Network) is providing integrated solutions to issues related to infrastructure safety and planning. The paper presents a reliability-based whole life cycle model developed within this project enabling strategic investment decisions that maximize safety, minimize disruption, and environmental impacts and allow for the best use of limited resources. The model is applied on a case study of a bridge in the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100
JournalFrontiers in Built Environment
Publication statusPublished - 4 Dec 2020


  • bridge
  • life cycle cost model
  • multimodal transport
  • reliability assessment
  • risk
  • smart infrastructure
  • UT-Gold-D


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