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Bridge construction – a strong driving force for developments in composite construction

Bridge construction – a strong driving force for developments in composite construction Editorial Bridge construction – a strong driving force for  developments in composite construction The public often falsely as- dowel strip enable further steps towards efficient compos- sumes that the construction ite systems. National and international research funds industry is not very innova- have contributed to this trend. The results are various new tive, is technologically out- composite systems with composite dowel strips. Not only dated. This is mostly caused are the construction systems new, but the design concept, by indicators such as re- too. For the first time, design is based on the local stress search intensity or number concept and introduced into a calculation procedure. of patents used for statistics Bridges are complex systems that have to be calcu- to measure innovation lated for every construction stage and in combination with growth and productivity in- different material properties. The functional demands are creases. Construction com- high. The bridge’s gradient has to be determined precisely, panies mostly use innova- crack widths limited and dynamic effects examined in the Dr. Günter Seidl tions from supplying con- case of fatigue-prone railway bridges. The composite dowel struction material fabricants strip has proved itself to be a highly robust shear connector and employ dynamic developments from the mechanical whose loadbearing behaviour is also well known now. But engineering industry. They themselves limit their innova- the development does not stop there. Maintenance and tions to processes and developments aimed at securing the therefore the durability of the corrosion protection play a ecological quality and sustainability of structures. This is central role for clients building composite bridges. Galva- understandable as the contract award procedure makes it nized composite dowel strips have been the subject of re- very difficult to carry through alternative proposals, and cent research projects focusing on fatigue behaviour, and standard designs become some kind of principle of faith. the first structures are currently being built. For around 100 years now, steel composite bridges The composite dowel strip is being used in different have been built all around the world and have now be- European countries. To provide an overview of the current come a standard construction method. In the meantime, state of research and practice, a workshop on the subject the design and construction of steel composite bridges of composite dowel strips was initiated in Berlin at the end have become feasible in terms of economics, ecology, of 2015. For two days, participants from Austria, France, resilience, adaptability and sustainability. They are a real Poland, Rumania, the Czech Republic and Germany en- alternative to prestressed concrete bridges. Clients and gaged in a lively exchange about research and practice. users expect a safe and robust structure that requires The result is a summary of experiences comprising 14 arti- little maintenance, does not break down completely in the cles. The scientific articles have been compiled in this issue case of partial failure, is easy to strengthen and can also be of Steel Construction and reports from the practice of easily enlarged or demolished. Furthermore, during con- bridge construction with composite dowel strips will fol- struction, the environment and – through limited traffic low in the next issue. interference – the nerves of road and rail users should be I wish you interesting and enjoyable reading. spared. All of this is represented by steel composite bridges, which nowadays have found a market in bridge construc- tion with spans of up to 50 m over existing traffic routes and rivers. The modular VFT construction method has had an important impact on that. Systematic research and de- velopment from the Perfobond strip to the composite Dr. Günter Seidl © Ernst & Sohn Verlag für Architektur und technische Wissenschaften GmbH & Co. KG, Berlin · Steel Construction 9 (2016), No. 2 79 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Steel Construction: Design and Research Wiley

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Editorial Bridge construction – a strong driving force for  developments in composite construction The public often falsely as- dowel strip enable further steps towards efficient compos- sumes that the construction ite systems. National and international research funds industry is not very innova- have contributed to this trend. The results are various new tive, is technologically out- composite systems with composite dowel strips. Not only dated. This is mostly caused are the construction systems new, but the design concept, by indicators such as re- too. For the first time, design is based on the local stress search intensity or number concept and introduced into a calculation procedure. of patents used for statistics Bridges are complex systems that have to be calcu- to measure innovation lated for every construction stage and in combination with growth and productivity in- different material properties. The functional demands are creases. Construction com- high. The bridge’s gradient has to be determined precisely, panies mostly use innova- crack widths limited and dynamic effects examined in the Dr. Günter Seidl tions from supplying con- case of fatigue-prone railway bridges. The composite dowel struction material fabricants strip has proved itself to be a highly robust shear connector and employ dynamic developments from the mechanical whose loadbearing behaviour is also well known now. But engineering industry. They themselves limit their innova- the development does not stop there. Maintenance and tions to processes and developments aimed at securing the therefore the durability of the corrosion protection play a ecological quality and sustainability of structures. This is central role for clients building composite bridges. Galva- understandable as the contract award procedure makes it nized composite dowel strips have been the subject of re- very difficult to carry through alternative proposals, and cent research projects focusing on fatigue behaviour, and standard designs become some kind of principle of faith. the first structures are currently being built. For around 100 years now, steel composite bridges The composite dowel strip is being used in different have been built all around the world and have now be- European countries. To provide an overview of the current come a standard construction method. In the meantime, state of research and practice, a workshop on the subject the design and construction of steel composite bridges of composite dowel strips was initiated in Berlin at the end have become feasible in terms of economics, ecology, of 2015. For two days, participants from Austria, France, resilience, adaptability and sustainability. They are a real Poland, Rumania, the Czech Republic and Germany en- alternative to prestressed concrete bridges. Clients and gaged in a lively exchange about research and practice. users expect a safe and robust structure that requires The result is a summary of experiences comprising 14 arti- little maintenance, does not break down completely in the cles. The scientific articles have been compiled in this issue case of partial failure, is easy to strengthen and can also be of Steel Construction and reports from the practice of easily enlarged or demolished. Furthermore, during con- bridge construction with composite dowel strips will fol- struction, the environment and – through limited traffic low in the next issue. interference – the nerves of road and rail users should be I wish you interesting and enjoyable reading. spared. All of this is represented by steel composite bridges, which nowadays have found a market in bridge construc- tion with spans of up to 50 m over existing traffic routes and rivers. The modular VFT construction method has had an important impact on that. Systematic research and de- velopment from the Perfobond strip to the composite Dr. Günter Seidl © Ernst & Sohn Verlag für Architektur und technische Wissenschaften GmbH & Co. KG, Berlin · Steel Construction 9 (2016), No. 2 79

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Published: May 1, 2016

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