Jun 01, 2023  
2023-2024 Graduate Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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CVE 5631 - Design of Bridges

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: CAE 3511, CAE 3521, CAE 3561) (quarter system prereq: AE 3211, AE 3221, AE 3231)
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
  • None

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

Mark Maday, P.E., S.E.

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