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The validation project for the Pont del Dimoni (a iconic bridge located at Girona) is part of the studies and works linked to the reconstruction of the old bridge.
The bracing load test is one of the tests within a set of operations consisting of the reproduction of several load states, before its commissioning, in order to confirm that the project and construction work have been carried out satisfactorily.
With this aim in mind, it is necessary to check that, for load situations representative of the actions to which it will be subjected during its life in service, the behaviour of the structure conforms to the project’s forecasts.
A load is applied to the structure equivalent to the maximum load state that will be requested throughout its useful life.
Using linear displacement sensors, vertical and horizontal displacements are captured at the most critical points of the structure.
In order to complement the experimental study carried out, a numerical model using the finite element method is created so different types of actions can be simulated in the structure.