History of the Theory of Bridge Structures

by Bogdan O. Kuzmanovic, (F.ASCE), Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Univ. of Kansas, Lawrence, Kans.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1977, Vol. 103, Issue 5, Pg. 1095-1111

Document Type: Journal Paper


The development of the classical theory of bridge structure is followed from the beginning of the scientific design of trusses, plate girders and arch bridges based on the work done by scientists in France, Germany, Great Britain, Russia, and the United States. New methods of analysis or the modern theories of bridge structures are next explored using the works of Bendixen, Chalishev, Cross, Bleich, and Cornelius. Finally, the new-old matrix approach with computerized design is briefly mentioned.

Subject Headings: Bridge design | Arch bridges | Girder bridges | History | Bridges | Truss bridges | Plate girders | Trusses | Europe | France | Germany | Russia | United States

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