Faculty Advisor

Albano, Leonard D.

Abstract

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.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2009

Major

Civil Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

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