HISTORICAL REVIEW OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF CONTINUITY AND EXPANSION JOINTS IN BRIDGES

This paper is concerned with the development of bridge continuity and methods of coping with the expansive effects of temperature. Early types of bridge without expansion joints were able to cope with temperature effects by the greater flexibility of the materials and the structural forms then used. Modern construction, having high strength materials, requires articulation but it has been found that the cost of repairing failed expansion joints and the consequential damage through corrosion is a major shortfall. However, recent developments and the performances to date of long span jointless bridges has indicated that temperature problems may have been overstated and there is scope for reconsidering methods of design. (A) For the covering abstract see IRRD 873218.

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    E and F Spon Limited

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  • Authors:
    • TILLY, G P
  • Publication Date: 1994

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00713356
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-419-19030-9
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Nov 22 1995 12:00AM