Multispan Suspension Bridges Under Lateral Loads

by Takeo Fukuda,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1968, Vol. 94, Issue 1, Pg. 133-152

Document Type: Journal Paper


An exact method is presented for analyzing multispan suspension bridges taking the interaction of consecutive spans into consideration. However, if tower deflections are properly assumed, each span can be analyzed separately. A simple formula is given that renders sufficiently accurate tower deflections. Numerical examples are presented.

Subject Headings: Lateral loads | Suspended loads | Load factors | Suspension bridges | Displacement (mechanics) | Bridge tests | Span bridges | Numerical methods

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