Behavior of Single Horizontally Curved Girder

by Conrad P. Heins, Jr., (A.M.ASCE), Asst. Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD,
Kenneth R. Spates, Engr.; David Taylor Model Basin; formerly, Grad. Res. Asst., Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1970, Vol. 96, Issue 7, Pg. 1511-1524

Document Type: Journal Paper


An analytical technique has been developed which will evaluate all internal forces and external deflections on a curved girder loaded in any manner. The boundary conditions may also be variable, providing great flexibility in the technique. Various loading cases are also presented to show the versatility of the technique. Experimental tests on a single curved girder are also presented, providing reasonable agreement with theory. All the analytical equations have been computerized using the IBM 7094.

Subject Headings: Curvature | Girders | Load factors | Displacement (mechanics) | Boundary conditions | Agreements and treaties | Computer analysis

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