The term "stress-ribbon" describes a structure type in which the deck hangs in catenary form. The behaviour and design of an all-steel structure of this type is discussed using a 490 M span highway bridge as an example. The brief history of the concrete stress-ribbon bridge is traced from the first description by finsterwalder in 1965 to the present day. The concept is extended to include structures in which the deck is fabricated from steel and encloses, or is supported on, high tensile steel cables. The novel feature of the steel stress-ribbon structure is the independent anchoring and tensioning of the cables and the deck. A consideration of the structural behaviour, methods of construction and the aerodynamic behaviour is based on the example of a 490 M span highway bridge. A design philosophy appropriate to the behaviour of this class of structure is discussed. /Author/TRRL/

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    Institution of Structural Engineers

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    London,   United Kingdom  SW1X 8BH
  • Authors:
    • WHEEN, R J
    • Wilson, A J
  • Publication Date: 1977-5


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 223-229
  • Serial:
    • Structural Engineer
    • Volume: 55
    • Issue Number: 5
    • Publisher: Institution of Structural Engineers
    • ISSN: 1466-5123

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00163985
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Analytic
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 27 1977 12:00AM