Albano, Leonard D.
This project studied the structural design of a highway bridge superstructure and substructure. The results were used to develop initial and life-cycle cost estimates. Guidelines are established for young engineers to follow in a preliminary design of these components. Finite element models were developed to study the distribution of loads through superstructures, and stress distributions in bridge connections. Simplified modeling techniques are presented, and provide a basis for capturing the stiffness provided by bracing members in analytical models.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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Civil and Environmental Engineering