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Civil-Comp Proceedings
ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 31
Edited by: B.H.V. Topping
Paper IV.1

A Computationally Efficient and Practical Methodology for Analysis of Bridge Superstructures

T.E. Fenske*, M. Yener#, D. Liu* and S.M. Fenske*

*Department of Civil Engineering, University of Louisville, Louisville, USA
#Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Utah State University, USA

Full Bibliographic Reference for this paper
T.E. Fenske, M. Yener, D. Liu, S.M. Fenske, "A Computationally Efficient and Practical Methodology for Analysis of Bridge Superstructures", in B.H.V. Topping, (Editor), "Developments in Computer Aided Design and Modelling for Structural Engineering", Civil-Comp Press, Edinburgh, UK, pp 59-64, 1995. doi:10.4203/ccp.31.4.1
This paper presents a comprehensive outline of a practical computer-based bridge analysis process which allows incorporation of nonprismatic member behavior. Unique to this analysis process is the development of mathematical relationships which are used to calculate internal member forces, eliminating the need to formulate and save in memory each and every influence line for the structure under consideration. Application of this bridge analysis procedure is shown to be remarkably reliable and accurate in comparisons with theoretically exact analysis results. In addition, the analysis procedure presented is economical in terms of computational time and computer memory requirements.

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