Rethinking Bridge Design: A New Configuration

In this article, a bridge designer discusses a new way to combine girder and cable-supported bridge decks to provide advantages in cost savings and improved esthetics. Four types of bridges are described: girder, cable-stayed, suspension and arch. Typical bridges that are supported with some kind of suspension use girders that are weak because they don’t have to be self-supporting. The new technique uses the inherent strength in the girder configuration to supplement the suspension system, thereby allowing more efficient use of suspensions in possibly more esthetic designs. Figures are supplied giving real and theoretical examples of designs using the new approach.


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  • Accession Number: 01054558
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 27 2007 5:51PM