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Proceedings of the ICE - Bridge Engineering

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ISSN: 1478-4637
E-ISSN: 1751-7664

Bridge Engineering has established itself as one of the leading peer-review publications covering developments in bridge engineering. Topics covered include the design, construction, maintenance, management, monitoring and upgrading of all types of bridge structures. State-of-the-art papers, reviews of current methodologies and systems, project case studies, historical papers and shorter briefing papers are all welcomed.

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  • Samuel Beckett Bridge, Dublin, Ireland
    Author(s): Jerry Cutter; John W. Flanagan; Philip Brown; Mario Rando; Gaute Mo
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  • The Samuel Beckett Bridge, Dublin City’s newest bridge, is now established as a landmark movable structure spanning the maritime gateway to the city. The bridge is located east of the city’s centre and within the ‘heart’ of the newly developed docklands area, facilitating an important urban transport link for private car use, public transport, cyclists and pedestrians; and contributing towards the improved environmental, commercial and social development of the urban area in which it is located. The bridge is a Calatrava-designed, cable-stayed, steel box girder structure, with a span, across the River Liffey, of 123 m. The bridge, which rotates through 90°, has an asymmetric shape reflecting that of a harp laid on its side, with the base to the cable-stayed steel pylon set outside of the river’s navigational channel – 28 m from the river’s south quay wall. The pylon curves northwards to a point 46 m above the water level with 25 forestay cables set in a ‘harp’ formation. This paper describes the basis of the bridge’s structural and operational design, and the manner in which the main river support was constructed, and the superstructure fabricated and positioned.
  • Examples of cable-stayed bridges designed in Finland
    Author(s): Esko Järvenpää; Pekka Pulkkinen
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  • The design of bridges is an innovative process led by the bridge engineer. The bridge designer needs help from landscape architects and from architects interested in bridge structures to find the most pleasing aesthetic solution and details. Early in the 1990s cable-stayed bridges became popular in Finland. The construction of Lumberjack's Candle Bridge near the Arctic circle attracted much publicity. The bridge celebrated its 20th anniversary in September 2009. The next cable-stayed bridge, Tähtiniemi Bridge in a beautiful lake landscape, was also well accepted. Saame Bridge between Norway and Finland over the valuable salmon and border river Teno continued the story. One of the latest successes will be the new Nguyen Van Troi-Tran Thi Ly cable-stayed bridge in Da Nang, Vietnam. This bridge has an inclined tower, wide deck and special cable arrangements. This paper is about these four beautiful bridges.
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  • Design of collar beam for corrugated steel culvert
    Author(s): Neal Smith
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  • In accordance with BD12/01, end treatments to corrugated steel culverts have to be designed to support the face edges of the steel where it is unable to act in ring compression. One suitable form of end treatment is a reinforced concrete collar beam. A literature review prior to the design of Smallways North Bridge revealed that no specific guidance exists for the design of such collar beams, neither in standards nor in literature published by suppliers of corrugated steel culverts. The purpose of this paper is therefore to outline one potential means of designing such elements by studying the design of Smallways North Bridge.
  • Fatigue assessment of structures on the Docklands Light Railway, London, UK
    Author(s): Paul A. Jackson; William G. Duckett; William A. Spencer
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  • The Docklands Light Railway in London, UK has been in service for some 25 years and has now been upgraded for the second time to enable it to use longer trains at higher frequencies. The structures had to be assessed and, when necessary, strengthened. The assessment would normally have been done using a similar approach to that which would be used for a new design. However, this showed up a significant need for strengthening purely for fatigue. It was therefore decided to strain gauge some structures and the results showed significantly smaller ranges than predicted. Rather than use the results directly, they were used to develop a more realistic assessment approach. This was partly because of the need to apply results for a limited number of structures subjected to two-car trains, to a larger number of structures subjected to three-car trains. Comparison with the strain gauge readings suggested the adopted approach was still very conservative but major savings were still made compared with the strengthening that would have been required by the conventional approach. Two of the structures had more specific and localised problems. Here it was possible to strain gauge all the critical elements and more direct use of the results was possible.
  • The response of Karnali Bridge, Nepal to near-fault earthquakes
    Author(s):  Bipin Shrestha; Roshan Tuladhar
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  • Seismic records during recent destructive earthquakes such as Northridge (1994), Kobe (1995), Duzce (1999) and Chi-Chi (1999) revealed peculiarities of ground motion near active faults. Those earthquakes indicated that the vertical acceleration can reach values comparable to horizontal acceleration or may even exceed these accelerations. The unique high amplitude and short to medium duration pulse caused due to the forward directivity was another typical feature of near-field ground motion, which caused significant damage to transportation structure. In this study the relative importance of the vertical ground motion on the response of Karnali cable-stayed bridge, which is situated near an active fault in Nepal, is investigated. This study also tries to identify the effect of the velocity pulses on the response of a steel tower of the cable-stayed bridge. The results indicate that the vertical ground motion will have a minor effect on the axial response of the cable and tower of the cable-stayed bridge. The study identified that forward directivity ground motion could have a damaging effect when velocity pulses are tuned with the natural period of the steel tower of the bridge.
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