Design of Bridges for Ice Forces

by Charles R. Neill, Northwest Hydraulic Consultants Ltd, Edmonton, Alberta, Can,

Part of: Design for Ice Forces


Sources of knowledge on ice forces and ice effects on bridges are listed and discussed briefly. Comments are made on experience of damage by ice and on the influence on bridge costs of design for ice. North American and USSR code requirements are outlined, and relevant ice conditions in rivers and lakes are discussed. Methods of estimating ice forces are given for various modes of ice action, taking into account substructure geometry and other factors. A summary of recommendations is given regarding design of bridges for ice forces.

Subject Headings: Bridge design | Bridge tests | Building design | Load and resistance factor design | Hydraulic design | Ice | Ice dynamics | Dynamic structural analysis


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