Structural Optimization of Network Arch Bridges with Hollow Tubular Arches and Chords

  •  Alessio Pipinato    


In the framework of bridge engineering, cable structure represent a key argument. The development of innovative bridge solutions are needed in order to keep time and costs at a reasonable level, maintaining at the same time an high level of structural safety and functionality. The network arch bridge solution completely respond to these requirements, and in addition could be designed as a very pleasant and formally elegant structure, because of its slenderness and lightness. In this paper, an introduction on the network arch solution is presented, together with structural analysis and data of relevant structures realized. Furthermore, an optimization of specific types of road and railway bridges is presented in the particular case of hollow sections, considering three alternative of cable disposition.

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