An Introduction to Simplified Methods of Bridge Analysis for Hong Kong
American bridge design codes. However such methods have not yet been permited to use in Hong Kong. The use of simplified methods will not only shorten the time spent on analysis, but will also permit the designer to retain a "feel" of behaviour of the bridge which is usually lost in traditional analyses. This paper constitutes the first report on the development of simplified methods of bridge analysis for use in Hong Kong. It presents the simplified method for the analysis of girder bridges with two lanes with the objective of generating discussion from practising designers which may lead to the enhancement of the proposed method and other methods currently under development. The results from the proposed method do not deviate significantly from those obtained by other analysis methods. The basis of simplified methods and various simplified methods adopted in recent North American bridge design codes are presented so as to give a better understanding of such methods to the bridge designers in Hong Kong. It is also interesting to find out that bridges in Hong Kong are considerably stiffer than their counterparts in north America.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Additional Information:||For more information, please refer to the publisher's website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.|
|Keywords:||Bridge design, bridge analysis, load distribution coefficients, simplified methods, orthotropic plate, slab, an, girder bridges, semicontinuum methods|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500)|
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Structural Engineering (090506)
|Divisions:||Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering|
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 1995 The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE)|
|Deposited On:||05 Mar 2008|
|Last Modified:||15 Jan 2009 18:09|
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