The students will be familiar with bridges in the context of their functions as critical infrastructure. They will be familiar with the design objectives with specific emphasis on risks associated with natural hazards and with strategies to limit damage and to ensure operability after a major natural disaster. They will be able to develop structural concepts and to carry out detailed design of such structures, including the application of relevant codes of practice.
History of bridge engineering; types of bridges; structural concepts and articulation; planning and design; construction methods; structural modelling and analysis; elastic and plastic design approaches; performance-based design; structural detailing; dynamic characteristics and behaviour under dynamic loading; seismic response and isolation; response to wind loading
Structural modelling and Finite Element Analysis; design of post-tensioning systems in bridges; design and detailing of girders and piers; seismic response; wind response, analysis of cable stayed bridges