How will inclined bridge deck affect joint continuity?

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Bearings are usually designed to sit in a horizontal plane so as to avoid the effect of additional horizontal force and uneven pressure distribution resulting from non-horizontal placing of bearings [43]. For an inclined bridge deck subject to a large longitudinal movement, a sudden jump is induced at the expansion joint and discontinuity of joint results. To solve this problem, an inclined bearing instead of a truly horizontal bearing is adopted if the piers can take up the induced horizontal forces.

The effect of inclined bridge deck on joint discontinuity

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