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|Title: ||Underslung cable structures – a feasible alternative?|
|Authors: ||Christodoulou, Christian|
Lark, Robert J.
|Issue Date: ||2007|
|Publisher: ||Thomas Telford Publishing|
|Citation: ||CHRISTOLOUDOU, C. and LARK, R.J., 2007. Underslung cable structures – a feasible alternative? IN: Lark, R. (ed.) 5th International Conference on the Current and Future Trends in Bridges Design, Construction and Maintenance, Beijing, China, 2007, pp. 351 - 359. CD-Rom|
|Abstract: ||This paper examines the behaviour and feasibility of under-slung cable structures.
Consideration is given to their structural behaviour, their dynamics, their cost-effectiveness and the practicality of adopting such structures. The parameters that
govern the behaviour and response of these structures are investigated and structural
arrangements and details are proposed, which it is suggested would make the
construction of such structures feasible. The aim of the paper is to generate discussion
of this novel form of construction and to identify opportunities for the exploitation and
development of such a concept.
This paper discusses how underslung structures, when combined with a radical trussed
stiffening girder, can provide an innovative but more sympathetic structure, which is
stiff, stable and economically viable for both medium and long-span structures. It is
shown that when there is a need to minimise the number or limit the location of the
foundations required, such structures provide a means of adopting relatively large
spans, while restricting the height of the cable supports and hence minimising the
impact of the structure.
The paper concludes by summarising the benefits that can be obtained from such
structures both during construction and in use, and seeks to identify the opportunities
and challenges that must still be met to facilitate the exploitation and development of
such a concept.|
|Description: ||This paper was presented at the Fifth international conference on current and future trends in bridge design, construction and maintenance organised by the Institution of Civil Engineers and held in Beijing on 17-18 September 2007.|
|Version: ||Accepted for publication|
|Appears in Collections:||Conference Papers (CICE)|
Conference Papers (Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering)
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