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    Milwaukee School of Engineering
  Feb 24, 2018
2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Catalog
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AE 5260 - Bridge Design

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course presents structural analysis and design of highway bridges. Topics include construction materials in bridges; loads on highway bridges; load path and distribution in bridge superstructure; design of single-span and multi-span highway bridges including rolled steel girder bridges with concrete deck, flat slab bridges, and box culverts; and bridge aesthetics. (prereq: AE 3231  or equivalent)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Understand the different types of bridges and when their use is appropriate 
  • Determine AASHTO loading requirements for bridges 
  • Design basic steel girder bridges 
  • Design basic reinforced concrete slab bridges

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Reinforced concrete design

Course Topics
  • Short topics: Minneapolis I-35 collapse; Bridge types and economical spans; Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics; Hoan Bridge; Aesthetics in design; Arches; Suspension bridge types; Tacoma Narrows; Connecticut Turnpike at Mianus River 
  • Basic structural analysis with moving loads 
  • Loadings and load combinations 
  • Girder bridges: general concepts 
  • Two-span continuous composite rolled steel beam bridge design 
  • Girder bridges: additional topics for precast concrete girders and steel plate girders 
  • Multi-span reinforced concrete slab bridge design 
  • Multi-cell box culvert design

Richard A. DeVries

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