Recommended Design Loads for Bridges

by Peter G. Buckland, (M.ASCE), Chairman; Buckland and Taylor Ltd., 1591 Bowser Ave., North Vancouver, B.C. V7P 2Y4 Canada,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1981, Vol. 107, Issue 7, Pg. 1161-1213

Document Type: Journal Paper


The ASCE Committee on Loads and Forces on Bridges has studied the information available on bridge loading and makes its recommendations. Recommendations significantly different to current code practice are made for long span traffic loading, braking, fatigue, wind, temperature, earthquake, snow, ice and friction forces. Little change is recommended at this time to short span traffic loading and impact.

Subject Headings: Bridge design | Load factors | Ice loads | Snow loads | Wind loads | Impact loads | Standards and codes | Traffic management

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