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The Hollaenderbruecke – Economic and architecturally sophisticated design employing steel and GFRP

The Hollaenderbruecke – Economic and architecturally sophisticated design employing steel and GFRP In the last decades there has been a remarkable discrepancy between economic footbridges and architectural design. In particular, local authorities with a limited budget prefer simple structures. Furthermore, foundations, abutments and piers are mostly erected by the main contractor dealing only with concrete. Steel and composite structures allow for ambitious designs. However, they are often considered as expensive structures entailing high maintenance costs. Consequently, most conventional footbridges are built as precast and prestressed concrete structures. In these cases, economy often prevails over aesthetics. However, as this paper demonstrates, both interests can be united by in‐novative material combinations such as steel and GFRP (glass‐fiber‐reinforced polymers). http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Steel Construction: Design and Research Wiley

The Hollaenderbruecke – Economic and architecturally sophisticated design employing steel and GFRP

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Wiley
Copyright
"Copyright © 2008 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company"
ISSN
1867-0520
eISSN
1867-0539
DOI
10.1002/stco.200890004
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Abstract

In the last decades there has been a remarkable discrepancy between economic footbridges and architectural design. In particular, local authorities with a limited budget prefer simple structures. Furthermore, foundations, abutments and piers are mostly erected by the main contractor dealing only with concrete. Steel and composite structures allow for ambitious designs. However, they are often considered as expensive structures entailing high maintenance costs. Consequently, most conventional footbridges are built as precast and prestressed concrete structures. In these cases, economy often prevails over aesthetics. However, as this paper demonstrates, both interests can be united by in‐novative material combinations such as steel and GFRP (glass‐fiber‐reinforced polymers).

Journal

Steel Construction: Design and ResearchWiley

Published: Sep 1, 2008

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