Collapse mechanism of I-35W bridge in Minneapolis and evaluatiion of gusset plate adequacy

Hideyuki Kasano*, Teruhiko Yoda

*Corresponding author for this work

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On August 1, 2007 at 6:05 PM, I-35W steel deck truss bridge over Mississippi River in Minneapolis catastrophically failed into the river resulting in the 13 people dead and more than 100 people injured. Determining the cause of the collapse is required to prevent bridge failures from similar causes. This paper attempted to reveal the cause of the I-35W bridge collapse using a finite element model. Firstly, an analysis of the bridge collapse mechanism specified that the failure of U10 gusset plate initially occurred and led to the collapse of entire span. Secondly, the result of calculating the stress in U10 gusset plate indicated that the gusset plate was likely to fracture under the loading and the structural conditions at the time of accident. Finally, an example of the method of preventing the bridge collapse was proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)312-323
Number of pages12
JournalDoboku Gakkai Ronbunshuu A
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Bridge failure
  • Collapse mechanism
  • Finite element analysis
  • Gusset plate
  • Steel truss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Building and Construction


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