Multispan Suspension Bridges Under Lateral Loads

by Takeo Fukuda,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1968, Vol. 94, Issue 1, Pg. 133-110

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

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