Kinetic Bridges

Report No: 81-R6

Published in 1980

About the report:

This report on kinetic bridges is essentially a state-of-the-art study on two types of bridges whose location or physical characteristics are designed to be time dependent. The first type, called a "relocatable bridge", is essentially for use as a temporary structure that must be erected quickly. Many recent examples of this type are described, ranging from the familiar Bailey Bridge now in common civilian use, to the high technology Armored Vehicle Launch Bridge being developed for military use. The second type, called an "actively controlled bridge", is a newly emerging type of structure whose strength and load-induced deformations can be controlled automatically through a system of sensors, analyzers, and energizers. This report summarizes recent developments of this bridge type and suggests directions where application may be desirable on future bridges, particularly long-span ones.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


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William Zuk

Last updated: January 22, 2024

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