Recent Developments in Composite Bridge Building in Germanyby Johannes Falke, DSTV, Koeln, Germany,
Abstract: In the 1980s a movement started to build composite bridges with reinforced concrete slabs and to renounce to prestress them in one or both directions. This type of bridge is advantageous from the technical point of view and is very competitive. In parallel, research work was carried out to solve questions on crack width limitation and the bearing capacity of stud connectors. A survey on this development in Germany is given, some executed bridges are described as examples.
Subject Headings: Composite bridges | Infrastructure construction | Reinforced concrete | Concrete bridges | Concrete slabs | Cracking | Prestressing | Germany | Europe
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