Bridge collapse

A. E. Schultz, A. J. Gastineau

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In this chapter, case studies of bridge collapses are discussed to illustrate the basic causes of bridge failure. In the first section, we present failures during construction; in the second, failures due to design flaws, material inadequacy, overloading, and maintenance are outlined. The third part describes failures due to extreme loading such as seismic-induced failures, ship strikes, and fire-induced failures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInnovative Bridge Design Handbook
Subtitle of host publicationConstruction, Rehabilitation and Maintenance
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9780128004876
ISBN (Print)9780128000588
StatePublished - 2016

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  • Bridge collapse
  • Construction failure
  • Design flaws
  • Existing structures
  • Extreme events
  • Maintenance
  • Material inadequacy
  • Overloading
  • Structural degradation


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