Bridge Load and Steel Girders

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Course Number: V15R_20

This course provides general information about importance of bridges, number of bridges, administration of bridges as well as needs and expectations.  Types of bridges are defined with regard to traffic, materials, fabrication/construction, and structural types.    The major considerations are reviewed in selection of bridge location.  Bridge design philosophy based on limit states is presented for load and resistance factor design (LRFD) and compared with the allowable stress design and Load Factor Design.  Four types of limit states introduced in the AASHTO LRFD Code are discussed.

 Bridge Load and Steel Girders is the second of four courses in the Bridge Design and Evaluation series.  The series objective is to present the approach to design and evaluation of highway bridges.   The design is based on the AASHTO LRFD Code and evaluation on the AASHTO Manual for Condition Evaluation of Bridges.  The presentation includes the design philosophy, procedures and practical examples.


This series is addressed to engineers interested in bridge engineering.  In particular, those interested in application of the new LRFD code that is based in limit states.  A basic knowledge of design of reinforced concrete, prestressed concrete and steel structures is needed.  It is recommended that the courses are taken in order:

 Bridge Design and Evaluation series:


Course Length: 2 Hours, ( 0. 2CEUs or 2PDHs or 2CPCs )

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