Tentative Recommendations for Cable-Stayed Bridge Structures

by Walter Podolny, Jr., (M.ASCE), Chairman and Structural Engr.; U.S. Dept. of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Washington, D.C.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1977, Vol. 103, Issue 5, Pg. 929-939

Document Type: Journal Paper


Engineers in the United States are planning and designing cable-stay bridges despite the paucity of design and construction data in the American technical literature. There are no American standard codes governing the design of cable-stay bridges at this time. This report is presented as a guide to the design and construction of cable-stay bridges and as such, it is a recommended practice not a code or specification. This report has been developed in the hope that it may be useful until such time as a more complete specification may be presented to the profession by American specification and code writing bodies. The report presents information relative to loads and forces, design assumptions, analysis, deflections, cables, saddles and end fittings, corrosion protection, fabrication, erection, inspection, temperature, fatigue, and aerodynamics.

Subject Headings: Bridge design | Cable stayed bridges | Cables | Infrastructure construction | Standards and codes | Professional societies | Writing skills | Thermal loads | United States

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