This course deals with planning and design of both simple bridges such as beam type bridges as well as other more complicated bridge structures such as arch bridges and cable supported bridges. Preliminary design of a bridge is included in the course as a porject task.
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Content and learning outcomes
- The history of bridge construction.
- Different bridge types and their structural behaviour.
- Loads and load distribution on bridges.
- Influence lines.
- Analysis and design of composite bridges.
- Analysis and design of arch bridges.
- Analysis and design of cable supported bridges
- Analysis and design of pre-stressed concrete bridges
- Conceptual design of a road bridge is included in the course as a project task
Intended learning outcomes
This course deals with planning and design of both simple bridges such as beam type bridges as well as other more complicated bridge structures such as arch bridges and cable supported bridges. Conceptual design of a road bridge is included in the course as a project task.
The aim of this course is to give basic knowledge on planning, analysis and design of bridges. After this course, the student will be able to:
- Classify different types of bridges.
- Calculate loads, lane factors, load cases and load combinations.
- Develop and use influence lines for bridge analyses.
- Explain the behaviour of beam type, composite, pre-stressed concrete, arch, and cable supported bridges.
- Create idealized models for analysis and evaluate forces and moments.
- Evaluate forces and moments considering large displacements. (2nd order theory)
Literature and preparations
Documented knowledge in Structural Mechanics and Structural Engineering equivalent to at least 3·times 7,5 ECTS corresponding to the content in courses AF1006, AF1005 and AF2003.
Eng B/6 according to the Swedish upper secondary school system.
Documented knowledge in Differential Equations corresponding to the content in course SF1676 Differential Equations with Applications.
Examination and completion
If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.
- BER1 - Project, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
- TEN1 - Written examination, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
- ÖVN1 - Exercises, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.
The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.
Other requirements for final grade
Approved project task (3 ETCS credits)
Passed written exam (3 ECTS credits)
Passed exercises (1,5 ETCS credits)
Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination
Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination
- All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
- In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
- In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.
Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.Course web AF2201