STEEL BRIDGES

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STEEL BRIDGES

Bridges have always fascinated people, be it a primitive bridge over a canal or one of the magnificent long span modern bridges. People built bridges to challenge nature where some obstacles like rivers, valleys, or traffic block the way they want to pass through. Our transportation system would not exist without bridges. Their existence allows million of people, cars, and trains to travel every day and everywhere they want to go. It is obvious that both our economy and our society could not function without the technology of bridge engineering. Bridge building is one of the difficult constructional endeavors that both attracts and challenges structural engineers. The design of such complex structures requires a great deal of knowledge and experience. Depending on the bridge span to be covered, several types of bridge 
systems exist.

 Examples of bridge systems are beam bridges for short and moderate spans, arch bridges for moderate spans, and cable stayed bridges and suspension bridges for long spans. This book covers the design of steel bridges in general with emphasis on bridge systems commonly used to cover short and moderate spans, namely plate girder bridges, box girder bridges, and truss bridges. The book is intended for senior year college students and practicing bridge engineers. The contents of the book are organized into two parts: the first four chapters cover the design of steel bridges in general while the other four chapters cover the design of specific bridge types. Chapter 1 describes the different structural systems of steel bridges. Chapter 2 presents the design loads on roadway and railway bridges. Chapter 3 presents the design considerations. Chapter 4 covers the design of roadway and railway bridge floor. Chapter 5 covers the design of plate girder bridges. Chapter 6 covers the design of composite plate girders. Chapter 7 covers the design of box girder bridges. Chapter 8 covers the design of truss bridges

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