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On Tue, 29 Jul 1997, chris towne wrote:

> I am working on rehabilitating two bridges that were built in the late
> forty's.  I need to know what the material strengths might be.  The
> original plans state structural or intermediate grade reinforcing steel
> A.S.T.M. 15-39 or rail steel bars A.S.T.M. A16-35.  The plans also call
> for class A and class B concrete, I'm not sure what these were in the
> forty's.

You might try getting a copy of "Manual for Condition Evaluation of
Bridges", 1994, AASHTO.  

> Does anyone know of a cheap or free program that finds live load moments
> and shears for a continuous 5 span bridge?  Nothing fancy, just moments
> and shears for one design lane.  I would like to double check the
> program I am running now.

Try PCBRIDGE, a Moving Loads Continuous Beam BRIDGE analysis program
For the IBM Personal Computer.  

It's a shareware program by Joe Murphy
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