Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering, Unit Catalogue 2011/12
|Level:||Honours (FHEQ level 6)|
|Supplementary Assessment:||Reassessment exam (where allowed by programme regulations)|
To develop an awareness and enthusiasm for the design, construction and assessment of various forms of bridge structures.
On successful completion of this unit, the student should be able to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the following subjects, and an ability to apply that knowledge and understanding in engineering design: the history of bridge engineering and lessons learned from intermittent bridge collapses; the choice of bridge types; bridge construction techniques and components; design loading on bridges; elastic and plastic analysis techniques; strength assessment of existing highway bridges. The successful student should also be able to demonstrate an ability to gather relevant information pertaining to the construction of an existing bridge, prioritise this information, critically analyse the aesthetics, assess the bridge structurally, consider how the bridge was constructed and whether this could have been improved on, and report this information.
* To understand taught material - taught
* To deal with bridge engineering issues in a systematic yet creative way, and to communicate the conclusions clearly.
* Ability to collect, analyse, synthesise and present technical information.
* To demonstrate professional communication skills.
The history of bridge engineering, from stone arches and rope-suspension bridges to the wholly plastic Aberfeldy Bridge and the 2km long span Akashi Bridge.
Lessons learned from intermittent bridge collapses.
Bridge components and their nomenclature.
The choice of bridge types and suitability at specific sites for reasons of constructability, aesthetics, economics, function and available materials.
Issues involved in short, medium and long span bridge design.
Bridge construction techniques available for various applications, and design of the bridge to allow for easier construction.
Design loading on bridges, including dead, superimposed dead, traffic, wind, temperature, earthquake, etc.
Elastic and plastic analysis techniques available for the design of various forms of bridge structure.
Realistic strength assessment of existing highway bridges, so that needless demolition of adequate bridges may be prevented.
Bridges of the future, from short-span to the Messina Crossing. The history of bridge engineering, from stone arches and rope-suspension bridges to the wholly plastic Aberfeldy Bridge and the 2km long span Akashi Bridge. Assessment of an existing bridge - conference-paper preparation, proceedings publishing and oral presentation (to peers, lecturers and invited guests).
AR30402 is Compulsory on the following programmes:Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering