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Parametric study on prestressed skewed boxgirder bridge
Advances in Bridge Engineering volume 4, Article number: 12 (2023)
Abstract
This study employs the finite elementbased CSiBridge v.20.0.0 software to examine the response of a singlecell prestressed boxgirder bridge subjected to Indian loading conditions. The analyses is carried out on a simply supported bridge considering the specifications of Indian Road Congress (IRC) 6:2017, IRC 18:2000 and IRC 21:2000. An existing model of prestressed skewed bridge is validated with the published one. A convergence study is conducted for determining the model’s mesh size. An extensive parametric study is carried out to gain a better understanding of the response of a skewed prestressed bridge. The parameters variables are: Skew angle (0°, 10°, 20°, 30°, 40°, 50°, and 60°); Span (35, 40, 45, 50, 55, and 60 m); and Spandepth ratio (10, 12, 14, 16 and 18). The results of this study are presented as ratios of Bending moment, Shear force, Torsional moment, and Vertical deflection. Finally, equations for estimation of these ratios for different span and spandepth ratio are also deduced from the statistical approach so that the results of skewed bridges may be evaluated directly. It is determined that the skewed bridge outperforms the straight bridge because of its higher spandepth ratio, which results in less bending moment development. Evidence suggests that the skewness may help to lessen the prestress load’s dominance. The findings of this study may be helpful to engineers and designers in the analysis and design of prestresssed skewed boxgirder bridges.
1 Introduction
Construction requirements for transport systems have significantly improved as a result of the country’s ongoing economic and infrastructure investment growths. The availability of land is diminishing in both industrialised and emerging nations. These days, boxgirder bridges are being built because of their affordability, attractiveness, torsional rigidity, and other factors.
Most bridges are categorised as straight bridges and are supported orthogonally to the flow of traffic. But due to existing facilities and constraints, skewness is introduced during the construction of bridges. The skewness of the bridge is defined as the inclination of the abutments to the traffic normal as shown in Fig. 1a by Michigan skewed bridge. A skew boxgirder bridge has girders that can be angled with the abutment at any angle other than 90 degrees as shown in Fig. 1b. As a result, skewed prestress boxgirder bridges have quickly emerged as a viable alternative to handle traffic loads and more effectively utilise urban areas, since they have a great combination of bending, shearing, and torsion. Skewed bridges have a more complicated load transfer mechanism than straight bridges. The load distribution path in a straight bridge runs straight along the span direction. However, in a skewed bridge, the bridge load typically follows the obtuse corners of the bridge in a short path. This type of load transfer mechanism reduces longitudinal moment but increases transverse moment, shear force, and reaction at obtuse corner, while uplift and low reaction are possible at acute corner.
Using a semianalytic approach, Brown and Ghali (1975) examined skew box girder bridges. It is assumed that the bridge is made up of parallelogrammatic strips. Experimental test results and numerical finite element results are used to validate the results of this method. Bakht (1988) reviewed the skewed bridges which are analysed as right bridges having skew angle less than 20\(^\circ\). Using this technique, longitudinal moments in skew slabongirder bridges are obtained with good accuracy. The error found by analysing the bridge as right bridge is characterised by dimensionless parameters. The skew angle, the spacing and span, and the girder’s relative flexural rigidities influence these variables to the slab’s flexural rigidity. The author for the analysis of skewed bridges also provides some recommendations. Chang (1992) investigated the effect of prestessed tendons on shearlag of continuous boxgirder bridges. Bishara et al. (1993) presented the distribution factor expressions for the interior and exterior girders of concrete composite bridges subjected to wheel load. The numerical results obtained are validated with the experimental results obtained from the tests performed on the actual models. The effect of girder spacing, skew angle, span, position of live load (AASHTO (American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials) loadings), etc. are also considered in the analysis. Ebeido and Kennedy (1995) looked into how skewness affected the shear distribution factor when OHBDC (Ontario Highway Bridge Design Code) truck loadings are applied. The effect of other factors like girder spacing, aspect ratio of bridge, no. of lanes, diaphragms are also considered in the study. The expressions for the shear distribution factors are derived from the results that are obtained. Helba and Kennedy (1995) conducted a yieldline analysis on composite bridges model loaded by OHBDC truck loadings. The obtained results are compared with a nonlinear finite element analysis results. The results of the ultimate load up to failure of deck slabs are also presented. Ebeido and Kennedy (1996) performed finite element analysis on continuous (three span) and simply supported composite bridges. A parametric study is performed on different models by varying girder spacing, skewness, aspect ratio of bridge, span, etc. The obtained results are used to derive moment distribution factor expressions for both live and dead loads. The AASHTO and OHBDC truck loadings for continuous and simply supported bridges are considered, respectively. Ebeido and Kennedy (1996) investigated the effect of skewness and different design parameters on the shear and reaction distribution factors of continuous (two span) composite steelconcrete bridges using finite element method (FEM). The obtained results are validated with experimental results and used to deduce the expressions for shear and reaction distribution factors. Barr et al. (2001) evaluated flexural liveload distribution factors for a prestressed concrete girder bridges (three span) using finite element method. The results are evaluated considering the effect of lifts, diaphragms (intermediate and end), skewness, etc. Mo et al. (2003) experimentally investigated prestressed concrete boxgirder bridges having corrugated steel webs. Further, analytical models have been prepared to predict the loaddisplacement relation of these type of bridges. Khaloo and Mirzabozorg (2003) investigated simply supported Isection concrete girder bridges using FEM. Varying girder spacing, span, skew angle, and different diaphragms arrangement determine the load distribution factors. Huang et al. (2004) studied the transverse load distribution on a skewed slabonsteel girder bridges, both experimentally and numerically. The analysis comprised of a two span continuous bridge with 60° skew angle. The obtained results are compared with AASHTO formulas. Huang and Liu (2006) used FEM to analyse the response of a prestressed bridge having unbonded tendons under combined torsion, bending, and shear. The theoretical results are contrasted with a modified skew bending model. Conner and Huo (2006) looked into how parapets and a bridge’s aspect ratio affected the moment distribution factor for a live load. Using FEM, the study is conducted on 34 continuous (twospan) bridges with skew angles of 0° or 45°. The results obtained are contrasted with those from the AASHTO method. Hughs and Idriss (2006) evaluated the shear and moment liveload distribution factors for an AASHTO truckloaded prestressed concrete boxgirder bridge. The factors are measured using fiber optic sensors and validated with a finite element model. Huo and Zhang (2006) used FEM to examine how different skew angles affected the live load reactions and shears of continuously skewed steel Ibeam bridges. The distribution factors of reactions and shears are also compared. Menassa et al. (2007) used FEM to demonstrate the impact of skewness on simplespan reinforced concrete bridges while varying the span length, slab width, and skew angle under AASHTO truck loading. The analysis is performed on 96 different modelled bridges and the results are compared with reference straight bridge and AASHTO standard specifications. Huo and Zhang (2008) used finite element analysis to investigate the impact of skewness, which ranged from 0 to 60 degrees, on reactions at the piers and shear at beam ends of continuous bridges subjected to live loads. The analysis is performed on steel Igirder and prestressed concrete Ibeam bridges. Huang et al. (2011) assessed the dynamic response of prestressed concrete bridges that are subjected to moving vehicles. He et al. (2012) presented static and dynamic testing results for continuous, prestressed concrete box girder bridge models (1:8 scale) with 45° skew. Experiments are carried out to evaluate displacements and stresses, natural frequencies, mode shapes, and damping ratios, which are then compared to finite element results. Naser and Zonglin (2013) presented the structural performance of the skewed prestressed concrete bridges subjected to static and dynamic loads after repairing and strengthening of damaged members of bridge. The bridges are repaired and strengthened by treatment of cracks, thickening of web, adding internal prestressing tendons, introduction of cross beams between box girders. Mohseni and Rashid (2013) used SAP2000 finite element software to analyse skewed multicell boxgirder bridges to determine stress distribution factors and deflection distribution factors. The analysis takes into account the effect of various parameters such as span, skew angle, number of lanes, and so on. Park et al. (2016) investigated the compatibility of concrete compressive strength and strand tensile strength, as well as the flexural behaviour of posttensioned prestressed concrete girders reinforced with highstrength strands. Gupta and Kumar (2017) investigated the static and dynamic structural behaviour of skewed box girder bridges. The effect of skew angle on load distribution of single and multicell box girder bridges is also discussed. Further, Gupta and Kumar (2018) investigated the flexural response of skewcurved concrete boxgirder bridge. Xue et al. (2018) analysed skewed boxgirder using finite segment method, i.e., by converting three dimensional finite element method to onedimensional model, thereby saving computations. A model test is also used to validate the proposed method. Zhu et al. (2019) experimentally investigated the structural response and failure mechanism of scaled (1:8) double deck prestressed concrete boxgirder. Agarwal et al. (2019, 2020a,b, 2021) studied the reinforced concrete skewed and skewcurved boxgirder bridges under Indian loading conditions using FEM. Authors also deduced some equations based on the study. Agarwal et al. (2022ab) presented the modelling and analysis procedures for boxgrider bridges. The Indian Codal provisions are followed up to span of 50 m. Agarwal et al. (2022ab) evaluated the free vibration frequencies of boxgirder bridges using FEM.
Based on the aforementioned literature review, the popularity of the boxgirder bridges in different part of the world can be ascertained. The cited literature contains a significant quantity of research on Igirder and prestressed bridges, but no information is provided regarding the effects of dead load (DL), live load (LL), and prestress load (PL) on skewed bridges. Also, it seems that there hasn’t been much research done on Indian standard loading. The literature on the combined effect of skew angle, span, and spandepth ratio in boxgirder bridges is limited. In compared to a straight bridge, the study of skewed bridges is highly complicated. Due to their skewness, these are susceptible to a combination of bending and torsional moments. Under these circumstances, analytical procedures are ineffective and produce conservative results. Hence, finite element method is currently gaining popularity for such types of bridges because it delivers accurate findings faster and allows for the modelling of skewed bridges with varying degrees of complexity. In the present study, analysis of skewed prestress single cell trapezoidal boxgirder bridge has been carried out by using finite based software CSiBridge v.20.0.0 under Indian loading conditions. Also, the effect of skew angle, span length and spandepth ratio on skewed boxgirder bridge are investigated subjected to dead, live and prestress loads. The effect of these parameters on forces and deflection for both girders has been investigated under Indian condition. For both girders, statistical approach has been used for determining the several equation to estimate the bending moment ratio (BMR), shear force ratio (SFR), torsional moment ratio (TMR), and vertical deflection ratio (VDR) under dead, live and prestress loads. The suggested equations will be helpful for the design of skewed boxgirder bridges because they make it simple for designers to predict how skewed bridges would respond to dead, live and prestress loads using the data from a straight bridge. To validate this approach, results are verified with the results obtained by Hodson et al. (2012). After the analysis by reproducing the existing model of the literature, it has been observed that results obtained by the present approach shows a good agreement, as shown in Fig. 2. So, the modelling and analysis procedures are acceptable and extended to the parametric study on prestressed skewed boxgirder bridge. Hence, the aim of the present investigation is to analyse a prestressed skewed boxgirder bridge using CSiBridge.
2 Methodology
The parameters considered herein influence the design forces and deflection and also the analysis of skew bridges is complicated and time consuming; hence, these were selected for the parametric study so that the designers can directly deduce the values for selection of geometrical properties and preliminary analysis for their bridge models. Thus, the geometrical parameters, which directly affect the design of the bridge, are chosen for the parametric study, i.e., skew angle, span, and spandepth ratio. The purpose of this research is to look into how these parameters affect the forces and deflection of prestressed skewed boxgirder bridges. The parameters are as follows: Skew angle = 0 to 60° at 10° intervals; span = 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, and 60 m; spandepth ratios = 10, 12, 14, 16, and 18 while keeping the span constant.
Parametric studies can be carried out experimentally, but it becomes quite complex to analyse bridges experimentally, also it consumes a lot of time to prepare a prototype. The software provide precise results in less time and have become popular nowadays to analyse complex structures like bridges. The modelling and analysis of prestressed trapezoidal 3 lane boxgirder bridge is carried out by finite element based CSiBridge v.20.0.0 software. The behaviour of a prestressed boxgirder bridge is investigated in this study by varying the skew angles, span, and spandepth ratio. Any structure can be modelled in two or three dimensions, but to assess the effect of loads on the entire bridge structure, the modelling must be done in three dimensions. The modelling and analysis in this study are carried out using the finite elementbased software CSiBridge v.20.0.0, as shown in Fig. 3. The effects of kerb, footpath loads (wind, seismic, snow, creep, thermal, and fatigue) are neglected.
The deck data of prestressed bridge are: Total width = 12.25 m consisting of roadway width = 11.25 m with kerb = 0.5 m. Thickness of top slab, bottom slab and webs = 0.50 m. Figure 4 shows the crosssection of bridge model at support and mid span with the parabolic cable arrangement.
The bridge is modelled using the above crosssectional properties and results (stresses and deflection) are evaluated for combined dead, live (3lane IRC Class A) and prestress load. The results are within the limits specified in IRC:212000 and IRC:1122011, the model is finalised.
M40 grade of concrete is used for the modelling of bridge. The material properties of prestressing cables are: Type of cable used = 19T15, Nominal area of cable = 26.6 cm^{2}, UTS of cable: 1860 MPa, Modulus of elasticity of cable: 2 × 10^{5} MPa, Duct diameter: 150 mm, Wobble coefficient: 0.002, Friction coefficient: 0.17, Slip: 6 mm.
The bridge is modelled using a simply supported boundary condition, and discretised into four noded shell elements with six degrees of freedom at each node as shown in Fig. 5. Results converge after a mesh size of 100 mm, so it is used for discretisation. The primary loads considered in this study are dead load (selfweight of the bridge deck), live load (IRC:62017), and prestress load. IRC:62017 specifies the combination of different live loads for bridge analysis. One lane of Class 70 R for every two lanes, with one lane of Class A on the remaining lane, or three lanes of Class A for a threelane highway. Because the obtained forces and deflection are maximum for 3lane IRC classA load, it is considered and applied at a distance of 0.15 m from the edge of the kerb in this study.
3 Result and discussion
Maximum values in the form of ratios of the bending moment (BM), shear force (SF), torsional moment (TM), and vertical deflection (VD) are determined in the study in a singlecell prestressed trapezoidal boxgirder bridge, separately under dead, live, and prestress loads and denoted as bending moment ratio (BMR_{L}), shear force ratio (SFR_{L}), torsional moment ratio (TMR_{L}), and vertical deflection ratio (VDR_{L}). BMR_{L} is defined as the maximum bending moment for any span of a skewed bridge under either DL, LL, or PL divided by the maximum bending moment for a 35 m span length of a straight bridge for the corresponding loadings. The definitions and implementation of all the other ratios are the same. The effect of various parameters such as span, spandepth ratio, and skew angle on bridge response is investigated. Furthermore, several equations are proposed for predicting forces and vertical deflection in prestressed skewed boxgirders using a statistical approach based on least square regression. For validation, the proposed equations’ results are compared to the analytical results. The effects of various parameters on the response of prestressed skewed boxgirder bridges are discussed in the following sections.
3.1 Effect of skew angle and span
The influence of the skew angle and span on the forces and deflection is investigated herein. Figure 6 illustrates the relationship between BMR_{L} and bridge span for various skew angles under DL, LL, and PL. The skew angle’s effect on the bending moment ratio under DL (BMR_{L,DL}) of both girders is observed to be nonlinear and not particularly significant, whereas the effect of span length increases significantly with span. Both girders experience the same effects of skew angle and span on BMR_{L, DL}. According to the location of the section, it decreases as the skew angle increases. The span length has a significant impact on the bending moment ratio under live load (BMR_{L,LL}), and it exhibits nearly linear variation, but the effect is more on BMR_{L, DL}. In the case of the outer girder, the impact of the skew angle and the span on the BMR_{L,LL} is greater, whereas the impact in the inner girder is negligible. Because the prestressing load is the same throughout the entire bridge span, the bending moment ratio under prestress load (BMR_{L,PL}) decreases with the span. In the case of an inner girder, skew angle and span length have a greater impact on BMR_{L,PL}. Up to a 20° skew angle, the outer girder’s skew angle increases; after that, it decreases in both girders. On BMR_{L, PL}, skew angle has no appreciable impact.
When span length is varied from 35 m60 m, the BMR_{L,DL} in both the girders becomes about 2.9 times for the skew angle is increased from 0–60°. In outer girder, the BMR_{L,LL} becomes about 2 times for the above variation while in case of inner girder it increases by about 1.9 times. When L/d is varied, the BMR_{L,PL} in outer girder decreases by about 5.5% for the skew angle 0–60°; while in inner girder, it decreases by about 5.6–11.7% compared to the straight bridge having L/d of 10.
Figure 7 illustrates how SFR_{L} varies with span for various skew angles. The maximum shear force ratio under DL (SFR_{L,DL}) and the maximum shear force ratio under LL (SFR_{L,LL}) are observed to increase with span in both girders, with under DL experiencing the largest increase. With increasing span, both girders’ maximum shear force ratio under PL (SFR_{L,PL}) decreases. Because the prestressing load is the same throughout the entire bridge span, the shear force ratio under prestress load (SFR_{L,PL}) decreases with the span In both girders, the SFR increases with skew angle. In straight bridges, the girders are 90° perpendicular to the abutment; however, in skewed bridges, the girders make larger (obtuse) or smaller (acute) angles. Thus, the effect of loads (both dead and live) is more pronounced near the supports in skewed bridges than it is in straight bridges, which has the opposite effect. As a result, the SFR—a measure of the design shear forces in a skewed and a straight bridge—increases with the skew angle. In comparison to the inner girder, the span length and skew angle have a significantly greater impact on the outer girder. Compared to SFR_{L,DL} and SFR_{L,LL}, SFR_{L,PL} is significantly less affected by variation in span.
The increase in SFR_{L,DL} of both girders for the skew angles variation from 0 to 60° is found to be approximately 1.7–2.2 times when the span length increases from 35 to 60 m. However, the SFR_{L,LL} in both the girders is not influenced much by the variation in span length, irrespective of the skew angle. The increment in SFR_{L,LL} of both the girders is found to be about 12–30% for the skew angles variation from 0 to 60°; while, the decrement in SFR_{L,PL} is about 37–15% with the respective changes.
Figure 8 depicts the variation of the torsional moment ratio (TMR_{L}) in both girders with span length for different skew angles. The maximum torsional moment ratio under DL (TMR_{L,DL}) increases significantly and nonlinearly with span length and skew angle in both girders, and the effect of skew angle increases significantly after a certain span length and depending on girder location. The TMR_{L,DL} values are roughly same for both the girders. The effect of span on torsional moment ratio under LL (TMR_{L,LL}) is not significant in either girder; however, it increases with skew angle in both girders. A smaller skew angle (30°) has no effect on TMR_{L,LL}. Skew angle has a greater impact on the outer girder than the inner girder. The behaviour of TMR_{L,LL} in the skewed bridge is opposite to that of the straight bridge, where it changes sign in both girders. In skew bridges, the value and the sign of the torsional moment is dependent on the load placement visàvis the exterior and interior girder. Further, the placement of load along the span also influences the values. However, in case of straight bridges, the values of torsional moment in both the girders are same, except when the load placement is eccentric. The torsional moment changes sign and thus the related TMR is plotted below the axis (on negative side).The behaviour of TMR_{L,LL} in both girders is different in the skewed bridge than it is in the straight bridge, where it changes sign. The torsional moment ratio under PL (TMR_{L,PL}) is not significantly affected by span in either of the girders, but the skew angle effect is more due to PL.
The TMR_{L,DL} in both girders is found to increase by about 2–2.6 times for a skew angle increase from 0 to 60° as the span length increases from 35 to 60 m. However, for different skew angles (13–47%), the TMR_{L,LL} in both girders generally either increases slightly or stays almost constant. When the span length increases from 35 to 60 m, it is discovered that the TMR_{L,PL} in both girders rises by about 23–12% for a corresponding increase in skew angle from 0 to 60°.
Figure 9 illustrates how VDR_{L} varies with span for various skew angles. The effect of skew angle increases slightly with span length while the vertical deflection ratio under DL (VDR_{L,DL}) increases significantly and nonlinearly with both. As the skew angle increases, the VDR_{L,DL} decreases. The vertical deflection ratio due to LL (VDR_{L,LL}) for both girders rises with span length and falls with skew angle increases. In contrast to outer girder, the effect of span length and skew angle on VDR_{L,LL} is less pronounced in the case of inner girder. The span length has a significant impact on the vertical deflection ratio under PL (VDR_{L,PL}), which decreases significantly with skew angle. Due to the prestress load, the influence of span length and skew angle is reduced in VDR_{L}.
The VDR_{L,DL} is found to increase by about 7–7.5 times for skew angles 0–60° when the span length for both girders is changed. The VDR_{L,LL} increases by roughly 5.4–4.2 times in the outer girder for the aforementioned variation, while it rises by roughly 4.4–3.4 times in the inner girder. For the same variations in both girders, the VDR_{L,PL} increases by roughly 2.5 times.
3.2 Effect of skew angle and spandepth ratio
The effects of spandepth ratio and skew angle are investigated for the bending moment ratio (BMR_{L/d}), shear force ratio (SFR_{L/d}), torsional moment ratio (TMR_{L/d}), and vertical deflection ratio (VDR_{L/d}). The boxgirder bridges with spandepth ratio from 10 to 18 are considered in the study, as per the recommendation of IRC 21:2000. Here, the depth of girder is varied, keeping the span length constant, i.e., 35 m to obtain different spandepth ratios. The maximum bending moment in a straight bridge at a spandepth ratio of 10 for the appropriate loading is equal to the BMR_{L/d}, which is the ratio of the maximum bending moment at any spandepth ratio (L/d 10, 12, 14, 16, and 18), to the maximum bending moment at spandepth ratio of 10 under either DL, LL, or PL. All the other ratios are defined and adopted similarly. The crosssectional dimension of the deck is similar for different spandepth ratios.
Figure 10 shows the variation of BMR_{L/d} in both the girders with the spandepth ratio for different skew angles. The graphs are plotted separately for DL, LL and PL. It is observed that for straight bridge the BMR_{L/d} under DL (BMR_{L/d,DL}) decreases with L/d. This is because the depth is decreased with the increment in L/d. For both girders, the effects of spandepth ratio and skew angle on BMR_{L/d,DL} are nearly identical. When L/d is varied, the BMR_{L/d,DL} in both the girders decreases by about 39–36% for the skew angle 0–60° respectively, compared to the straight bridge having L/d of 10.
With an increase in L/d ratio, the BMR_{L/d} under LL (BMR_{L/d,LL}) decreases significantly, and this effect is more pronounced in the case of the inner girder. In contrast, the effect of skew angle on the outer girder is negligible. The BMR_{L/d,LL} in both the girders decreases with the increase in the L/d ratio; however, it increases with the skew angle. When L/d is increased from 10–18, and skew angle is increased from 0–60° the BMR_{L/d,LL} increases by about 23–18%, compared to the straight bridge having L/d of 10, while in case of inner girder it decreases by about 26–22%.
With L/d, the BMR_{L/d} under PL (BMR_{L/d,PL}) significantly decreases. But as the skew angle increases, BMR_{L/d,PL} declines (insignificantly), and the effects of the spandepth ratio and skew angle are nearly identical for the two girders. When L/d is varied, the BMR_{L/d,PL} in both the girders decreases by about 73%77% for the skew angle 0–60°.
Figure 11 shows the impact of L/d ratio on SFR_{L/d} for various skew angles. In both girders, the SFR_{L/d} increases with skew angle while decreasing with L/d ratio. The values of SFR_{L/d,DL} is almost the same for both the girders. When the L/d is increased from 10–18, the increase in SFR_{L/d,DL} is found to be about 15–10% for skew angle 0–60°, irrespective of the girder type.
For both the girders of a straight bridge, the SFR_{L/d} under LL (SFR_{L/d,LL}) slightly increases with the L/d ratio. However, when a bridge skews, the effect is generally more pronounced in the outer girder and increases with both the spandepth ratio and skew angle. In comparison to a straight bridge, the SFR_{L/d,LL} in the outer girder increases by roughly 4–7% for skew angles 10 to 60 degrees as the L/d is increased from 10 to 18, while the corresponding changes in the inner girder are only 1–4%.
It is observed that for straight bridge the SFR_{L/d} under PL (SFR_{L/d,PL}) decreases considerably with L/d up to 16. This is because the depth is decreased with the increment in L/d. For both girders, the effects of spandepth ratio and skew angle on BMR_{L/d,DL} are nearly identical. When L/d is varied, the SFR_{L/d,PL} in both the girders decreases by about 48–58% for the skew angle 0–60° respectively, compared to the straight bridge having L/d of 10.
The variation of TMR_{L/d} in both girders, separately under DL, LL, and PL with L/d for various skew angles, is shown in Fig. 12. It has been found that the TMR_{L/d} under DL (TMR_{L/d,DL}) increases with the skew angle while decreasing with the L/d ratio. The TMR_{L/d,DL} in both girders decreases by about 35–10% for skew angles 0–60° when the L/d is increased from 10–18.
With the increase in L/d, the TMR_{L/d} under LL (TMR_{L/d,LL}) in both girders slightly rises. The behaviour of TMR_{L/d,LL} in both girders is different in the skewed bridge than it is in the straight bridge, where it changes sign. On TMR_{L/d,LL}, the impact of skew angles up to 30° is negligible, but for the outer girder, the impact is greater than for the inner girder. In outer girder, the TMR_{L/d,LL} decreases by about 15% for bridge having skewness less than 30°; while for skewed bridges having skewness more than 30°, it increases by about 15–30% for outer girder and by about 9–15% for the inner girder.
The TMR_{L/d} under PL (TMR_{L/d,PL}) in both the girders decreases significantly with spandepth ratio up to 16, after that the decrement is insignificant. But it increases with skew angle in both the girders. The impact of spandepth ratio and skew angle on TMR_{L/d,PL} is the same for both girders. When the L/d is increased from 10–18, the TMR_{L/d,PL} in outer girders decreases by about 55–64% for skew angle 0–60°; while, for inner girder it decreases by about 74–64% for respective changes.
Figure 13 displays the VDR_{L/d} with L/d variation for various skew angles. With L/d, the VDR_{L/d} under DL (VDR_{L/d,DL}) increases. While the effects of spandepth ratio and skew angle are nearly identical for both girders, VDR_{L/d,DL} decreases with an increase in skew angle. The least value is obtained at L/d ratio 10, and the deflection in skewed bridges is less than that in straight bridges. A skewed bridge is therefore better than a straight one. When L/d is varied, the VDR_{L/d,DL} in both the girders increases by about 127% and 100% for the skew angle 0–60°, the increment being greater for the lesser angles.
The VDR_{L/d} under LL (VDR_{L/d,LL}) increases with L/d in both girders. L/d has a greater impact on the straight bridge. In comparison to the inner girder, the outer girder is more affected by the L/d ratio and skew angle. As the skew angle increases, the effect gets smaller. When the L/d ratio is changed, the outer girder’s VDR_{L/d,LL} increases by about 195% and 115% for skew angles 0–60°, respectively, while the inner girder experiences increases of about 162% and 102%.
For both the girders, the VDR_{L/d} under PL (VDR_{L/d,PL}) significantly decreases with the skew angle and L/d ratio greater than 12. This is due to reduction in spacing between tendons, when depth reduces. The effect is nearly same in both the girders. When the L/d is increased from 10–18, the VDR_{L/d,PL} in both girders decreases by about 48–57% for skew angle 0–60°, compared to the straight bridge.
3.3 Relationship between responses and parameters
For a single cell trapezoidal skewed boxgirder bridge, several equations are given to calculate the impact of skew angle, span, and spandepth ratio on different ratios for both the girders. For the purpose of obtaining the suggested equations, the three primary loads—dead load, IRC class – A load, and prestress load—are taken into separate consideration. With the help of the data gathered from the parametric study, a statistical method focused on least square regression is used for this objective. In order to calculate the combined effect of the skew angle and span when designing a skewed bridge, the designer may use the suggested equations. For DL, LL, and PL the following equations have been proposed:
3.3.1 Variation of span length and skew angle
For dead load

i)
Outer girder
$$BMR=0.1044 + 0.000776\ {L}^{2}  0.002038\ \theta$$(1)$$SFR=0.0287\ L + 8.02384 \times {10}^{6} \theta {L}^{2}$$(2)$$TMR=0.03311\ L+ 1.87479\times {10}^{7} \theta {L}^{3}  0.20312$$(3)$$VDR=0.16607 + 5.8634\times {10}^{7}{L}^{4} 6.0494\times {10}^{11}{L}^{4}{\theta }^{2}$$(4) 
ii)
Inner girder
$$BMR=0.065597 + 0.000788\ {L}^{2}  3.42599\times {10}^{5}{\theta }^{2}$$(5)$$SFR=0.030239\ L+7.9711\times {10}^{6}\theta {L}^{2}  0.082208  5.61158\times {10}^{7}{\theta }^{3}$$(6)$$TMR=0.029449\ L+1.54864\times {10}^{5}\theta {L}^{2} 0.099306\sqrt{\theta }$$(7)$$VDR= 3.63027\times {10}^{5}{ L}^{3} 0.55594  1.67626\times {10}^{7} {L}^{2}{\theta }^{2}$$(8)
For live load

i)
Outer girder
$$BMR=0.040811\ L 0.38871 1.51932\times {10}^{5}{\theta }^{2}$$(9)$$SFR=0.79886 + 0.005421\ L+1.931\times {10}^{4}L\theta$$(10)$$TMR=1.05716 + 0.28718\ \theta +2.24008\times {10}^{5}{ \theta }^{3} 1.39213\sqrt{\theta } 6.429\times {10}^{4}L\theta 0.0034467 {\theta }^{2}$$(11)$$VDR=0.012684\ \theta +2.51993\times {10}^{5}{L}^{3} 0.1024843  1.0812911\times {10}^{5}L{\theta }^{2}$$(12) 
ii)
Inner girder
$$BMR=0.03528\ L+3.2567\times {10}^{4} 0.216533$$(13)$$SFR=0.79211 + 0.00556064\ L+1.74582\times {10}^{4}L\theta 0.0017525\ \theta$$(14)$$TMR=1.04489 + 0.161507\ \theta  1.063752 \sqrt{\theta } 5.5555\times {10}^{4}L\theta 7.416\times {10}^{4}{\theta }^{2}$$(15)$$VDR= 0.1654 + 0.004382\ \theta +1.97398\times {10}^{5}{L}^{3}1.05291\times {10}^{7}{L}^{2}{\theta }^{2}$$(16)
For prestress load

i)
Outer girder
$$BMR=1.05348 + 2.0397\times {10}^{4}\theta +0.005724 SIN\left(\theta \right)+5.510922\times {10}^{6}L\theta COS\left(\theta \right)2.16167\times {10}^{5}{\theta }^{2} 0.0298244 COS(0.1174748 \theta )$$(17)$$SFR=1.37154 + 0.0424904\ \theta  0.012555\ L 0.106834 \sqrt{\theta }2.21792\times {10}^{4}{\theta }^{2}$$(18)$$TMR=1.42755 +3.255707\times {10}^{4}{\theta }^{2}+1.17727\times {10}^{5}L{\theta }^{2}0.0113079\ L0.01368487\ \theta 1.805577\times {10}^{7}L{\theta }^{3}$$(19)$$VDR=0.18334 + 0.00631135\ \theta + 6.66537\times {10}^{4}{L}^{2} 5.97245\times {10}^{6}L{\theta }^{2}$$(20) 
ii)
Inner girder
$$BMR=1.084 + 1.09847\times {10}^{6}\theta {L}^{2} 0.002335\ L6.470106\times {10}^{8}{\theta }^{3} 2.680573\times {10}^{10}{L}^{2}{\theta }^{3}8.91315\times {10}^{7}\theta {L}^{2} COS(COS(\theta ))$$(21)$$SFR=0.1539 + 0.013008 \theta + \frac{28.00977}{L}$$(22)$$TMR=1.28309 + 0.00282 \theta +1.4978\times {10}^{6} L{\theta }^{2}0.007986 L0.082041*SIN(1.790689 \theta 9.83859\times {10}^{4}L\theta )$$(23)$$VDR= 0.17057 + 0.0058052\ \theta +6.7689\times {10}^{4} {L}^{2}5.5409\times {10}^{6}L{\theta }^{2}$$(24)
3.3.2 Variation of spandepth ratio and skew angle
For dead load

i)
Outer girder
$$BMR=00.62276 \left(\frac{L}{d}\right)+ 0.0012823{(\frac{L}{d})}^{3}  1.35673 1.454861\times {10}^{4}\theta  0.051596 {(\frac{L}{d})}^{2}$$(25)$$SFR=1.84 + 0.009429\ \theta + 0.00363859 {(\frac{L}{d})}^{2} 0.119303 (\frac{L}{d})$$(26)$$TMR=1.50406 + 9.6901\times {10}^{4}\left(\frac{L}{d}\right)\theta +1.218534\times {10}^{12}\left(\frac{L}{d}\right){\theta }^{6} 0.0044377\theta 0.05040515 \left(\frac{L}{d}\right) 2.3341619\times {10}^{10}{(\frac{L}{d})}^{2}{\theta }^{4}$$(27)$$VDR=0.151745 \left(\frac{L}{d}\right)+ 0.005364 \theta 0.496758 1.81561\times {10}^{5}(\frac{L}{d}){\theta }^{2}$$(28) 
ii)
Inner girder
$$BMR=0.47918 \left(\frac{L}{d}\right)+2.67795\times {10}^{5}{\left(\frac{L}{d}\right)}^{4}  1.06088 5.526136\times {10}^{8}\theta 0.0301427{(\frac{L}{d})}^{2}$$(29)$$SFR=1.14708 + 0.0091659\ \theta  0.016445 (\frac{L}{d})$$(30)$$TMR=1.2481 +2.56064\times {10}^{4}\left(\frac{L}{d}\right)\theta +0.00279849\ \theta +6.21865\times {10}^{7}{\theta }^{4} 0.027508 \left(\frac{L}{d}\right)0.0304004 \theta 7.3399\times {10}^{5}{\theta }^{3}$$(31)$$VDR= 1.9852 \left(\frac{L}{d}\right)+0.0032582 {(\frac{L}{d})}^{3}  8.47611 0.135732 {\left(\frac{L}{d}\right)}^{2} 1.174991\times {10}^{5}(\frac{L}{d}){\theta }^{2}$$(32)
For live load

i)
Outer girder
$$BMR=1.3425 +5.447\times {10}^{4}\theta +0.03325\ COS \left(\frac{L}{d}\right) 0.033071(\frac{L}{d})$$(33)$$SFR=1.00257 +1.47543\div {10}^{4}(\frac{L}{d})\theta +2.230626\times {10}^{4}{\theta }^{2}2.54515\times {10}^{6}{\theta }^{3}$$(34)$$TMR=0.217877\ \theta +4.59293\ COS\left(0.0316952\ \theta \right) 3.646836  1.199406\sqrt{\theta } 3.4319\times {10}^{4}(\frac{L}{d})\theta$$(35)$$VDR=0.23033 (\frac{L}{d}) 1.27601  9.32452\times {10}^{7}{(\frac{L}{d})}^{2}{\theta }^{2}$$(36) 
ii)
Inner girder
$$BMR=0.6722 \left(\frac{L}{d}\right)+ 0.0012792{(\frac{L}{d})}^{3} +2.7161\times {10}^{5}{\theta }^{2} 1.7224 0.052774 {(\frac{L}{d})}^{2}$$(37)$$SFR=0.98857 + 0.0017079 \left(\frac{L}{d}\right)\theta  0.00724 \theta  5.43725\times {10}^{5}\theta {(\frac{L}{d})}^{2}$$(38)$$TMR=1.20455 + 0.13611\ \theta  0.014071 \left(\frac{L}{d}\right) 1.03537\sqrt{\theta } 7.3216\times {10}^{4}{\theta }^{2}$$(39)$$VDR= 0.19516 (\frac{L}{d})  0.93033  5.06675\times {10}^{7}{(\frac{L}{d})}^{2}{\theta }^{2}$$(40)
For prestress load

i)
Outer girder
$$BMR=0.050748 (\frac{L}{d})+ \frac{27.7531}{\left(\frac{L}{d}\right)} +0.0501023*COS(0.894888 +\frac{L}{d})  2.245149  3.4427\times {10}^{4}\theta$$(41)$$SFR=3.27078 + 0.0268564\ \theta +3.5568\times {10}^{4}{(\frac{L}{d})}^{3} 0.262523 \left(\frac{L}{d}\right) 0.00135511(\frac{L}{d})\theta$$(42)$$TMR=3.787059 + 0.01201588 {(\frac{L}{d})}^{2}+ 3.1358\times {10}^{4}{\theta }^{2} 0.399304 (\frac{L}{d}) 1.677347\times {10}^{5}(\frac{L}{d}){\theta }^{2}$$(43)$$VDR=1.400145 \left(\frac{L}{d}\right)+ 0.00234589{(\frac{L}{d})}^{3}+ 1.33822\times {10}^{9}{(\frac{L}{d})}^{4}{\theta }^{2} 5.00663 0.102974{\left(\frac{L}{d}\right)}^{2}  1.1199\times {10}^{5}(\frac{L}{d}){\theta }^{2}$$(44)

ii)
Inner girder
Some of the results of the BM, SF, and TM in single cell box girder bridges, separately under dead and live loads, obtained from the analysis are presented in Tables 1 and 2 along with the percentage error for span and spandepth ratio, respectively, for the validation of the aforementioned proposed equations. In every instance, it can be seen that the conclusions drawn from the equations closely match those of the finite element analysis. Therefore, it is simple to predict the forces and deflection in a skewed boxgirder bridge using the proposed equations.
4 Conclusions
The finite element method (FEM) was used to analyse a prestressed skewed boxgirder bridge under Indian loadings. The maximum values of the forces and deflection were calculated through comprehensive parametric studies. The parameters considered for investigation are skew angle, span length, and spandepth ratio. The ratios (forces and deflection) that represent the results of parametric studies on various trapezoidal boxgirder bridges may be useful to designers in understanding behaviour and in providing appropriate guidelines for the costeffective and logical design of these bridges.
The main conclusions drawn from the studies on prestressed skewed boxgirder bridges can be summarised as follows:

In comparison to live and prestress loads, the effect of skew angle on forces and deflection of both girders due to dead load is more significant.

The forces and deflection increase nonlinearly with span for all the bridges.

Up to 30°, the effect of skew angle on the forces and deflection ratios is negligible; therefore, such bridges can be analysed and treated as straight bridges.

Under dead and live loads, the BMR_{L} rises with span in both girders; however, under prestress loads, it slightly falls. Additionally, skew angle has little impact on BMR_{L}. The skewed bridge is superior to the straight bridge because it develops less bending moment due to its higher spandepth ratio.

The shear force in both girders increases significantly with the skewness for both the girders under all load conditions. The SFR increases with span under dead and live loads, and it decreases considerably under prestress load. The SFR decreases with spandepth ratio in all the load conditions.

As the skew angle rises, the torsional moment in both girders rises as well. While the TMR_{L} under DL only slightly increases with span length, it does significantly increase under LL. However, it falls off as the spandepth ratio rises. The behaviour of TMR under LL in the skewed bridge is different from that of the straight bridge in both girders.

The deflection is less in skewed bridges and increases with spandepth ratio under DL and LL, and the minimum value is obtained at a spandepth ratio of 10. The VD decreases with the increment in spandepth ratio for prestress load. Under DL, skew angle and spandepth ratio have a greater impact. Thus, the skewed bridge may be preferred over the straight bridge.

Evident that the significant parameters affecting bending and deflection behaviour are spandepth ratio and skew angle. The spandepth ratio changes after 16 do not appreciably influence overall structural behaviour. The combined effect of span and skewness are the significant parameter that influence the shear behaviour.

Evidence shows that the dominance of prestress load may be reduced with the skewness.
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Some or all data, models, or code that support the findings of this study are available from the corresponding author upon reasonable request.
1. A bridge is modelled in CSiBridge software that can be provided,
2. Datasheet which was prepared in Excel along with graphs prepared in the Origin graph can also be provided.
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Agarwal, P., Singh, D.K. Parametric study on prestressed skewed boxgirder bridge. ABEN 4, 12 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1186/s43251023000905
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Keywords
 Prestressed bridge
 CSiBridge
 Finite element method
 Singlecell
 Indian loading
 Span
 Skew angle
 Spandepth ratio