Taw of Duty: Barnstaple Bypass in the UK

Innovative use of falsework design is the emphasis of this article about the construction of the new Taw Bridge in Devon, south west England. Part of the US$52 million Barnstaple Western Bypass project, the multispan post-tensioned concrete box girder bridge keeps falsework to a minimum, while maximizing the available in situ and precast concrete options. The result has been rapid progression in the construction. However, the bridge has offered challenges to the builder, Nuttall, as the design calls for constructing a joint-free deck using the balanced cantilever method. The author notes that perfect balance in 'balanced' cantilever construction rarely occurs in practice, due to the near impossibility of achieving completely symmetrical loading because of transient, out-of-balance loads. The author relates in detail how Nuttall has found clever solutions to this design difficulty as it completes work on the new span over the River Taw.


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  • Accession Number: 01046529
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 16 2007 7:38AM