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1 Bridges: Past, Present, and Future Dr. Lisa Spainhour Dept. of Civil and Environmental Eng. FAMU-FSU College of Engineering

2 What Defines a Bridge? Four main factors define a bridge Span (simple, continuous, cantilever) Travel surface (deck, pony, through) Form (beam, arch, truss, etc.) Material (timber, concrete, steel)

3 Bridge BasicsSpan Types

4 Bridge BasicsTravel Surface

5 Bridge BasicsTypes Five main types of bridges Beam bridge Truss bridge Arch bridge Cable-stayed bridge Suspension bridge Bridges may combine different types

6 Beam Bridges Simple span: top surface in compression, bottom in tension Cantilever span: top in tension, bottom in compression Best for spans < 1000, requires many supports to cross a long distance

7 Beam BridgesTypes

8 Beam BridgesExamples Pony plate girder bridge Stone footbridges

9 Beam BridgesExamples I-44, 16 th St. Overpass, OK I-540/I-70 Interchange, NC Lincove Viaduct, NC

10 Truss Bridges Overall behavior like a beam with less material in the middle Each member either in tension (e.g. bottom chord) or compression (e.g. top chord) Rigid because bar ends pinned into triangles Best for spans < Simple truss Cantilever truss

11 Truss BridgesTypes

12 Truss BridgesExamples Stillwater Bridge, MN Smithfield Street Bridge, PABridge No. 1482, MN Baihe Bridge, China

13 Covered Truss Bridges Town lattice truss (1830s) Germantown Covered Bridge, OH Inverted bowstring truss (1870s) Stone Mt. Covered Bridge, GA

14 Cantilever Truss Bridges Firth of Forth, Scotland (1890) Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge, NY

15 Arch Bridges Under load, ends try to move outward, require strong abutments or ties to resist spreading When supported at ends, arch is in compression Best for spans of 1000 to 2000.

16 Arch BridgesTypes

17 Arch BridgesExamples The Pont du Gard Aqueduct, France (Ca. 100 AD) Thomas Aqueduct, MD (1835) Rio Cobre Bridge, Jamaica (1800) Wrought-Iron Ties, Cast-Iron Deck

18 Arch BridgesConstruction New River Bridge, WV Natchez Trace Arch, TN

19 Tied Arch BridgesExamples Bayonne Bridge, NJ I-64 Ohio River Bridge, IN Willamette River Bridge, OR

20 Suspension Bridges Cables (thousands of steel wires) under tension Towers under compression Require anchorages at ends to resist span deflection, bending of towers Best for spans of > 3000.

21 Suspension BridgesExamples Luding Iron-chain Bridge, Over Dadu River, China ( ) Menai Suspension Bridge, United Kingdom (1826), Removed from service in 1940

22 Suspension BridgesExamples Humber Bridge, England Golden Gate Bridge,CA Brooklyn Bridge, NY

23 Tacoma Narrows Bridge Failure After Failure Galloping Gertie Approach Span, After Failure Replacement Bridge

24 Cable-Stayed Bridges Cables under tension Towers, deck under compression (w/post- tensioning) No end anchorages, require less cable, and are faster to build than suspension bridges Best for spans of 1000 to 3000.

25 Cable-Stayed BridgesExamples Clark Bridge, ILSunshine Skyway, FL Normandy Bridge, France Puente del V Centerario Seville, Spain

26 Cable-Stayed BridgesExamples Footbridge, Aarhus, Denmark Salzburg, Austria Santarem-Almeirim Bridge, Portugal

27 Cable-Stayed BridgesExamples Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge, Over Charles River Boston, MA

28 Bridge BasicsMaterials Past Stone Timber* Iron Present Steel* Steel-Reinforced Concrete Prestressed Concrete* Future Those with asterisks Fiber-Reinforced Polymers (FRPs) ???

29 Bridge MaterialsFRP Wickwire Run Bridge, West Virginia No-Name Creek Bridge, Kansas

30 FootbridgesEntirely FRP Aberfeldy Footbridge, Scotland Fiberline Bridge, Denmark Parsons Bridge, Wales

31 Modern Timber Bridges Keystone Wye Bridge, South Dakota, 1968 Gluelam Beams & Arches Short lengths of treated wood bonded with epoxy –Stiff, strong components –Custom designed off-site –Natural, aesthetic appearance Unknown

32 Modern Timber Bridges Stress-Laminated Bridge Decks Short lengths of treated wood run lengthwise Steel or FRP rods crosswise through holes in deck Stressing the rods puts steel in tension, timber in compression. Creates strong, stiff deck. Wisconsin River Bridge Steel rod anchorage

33 Summary/Questions Four main factors define a bridge Span (simple, continuous, cantilever) Travel surface (deck, pony, through) Form (beam, arch, truss, etc.) Material (timber, concrete, steel) Each is suitable for different sites/conditions What factors affect the selection/design of a bridge?


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