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Basics of Bridge Engineering

Bridge Engineering is the key discipline branching out from civil engineering and it involves the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of bridges to ensure safe and effective transportation of vehicles, people and goods. 

The course modules provide a high-level overview of Bridge engineering and cover details like Element of Bridges, Type of Bridges, Siting of Bridges, Analysis of Bridge Structure, Influence Line Diagram, Design of Deck Slab, Design of T Girder, etc.

Module 1: Bridge Engineering and Design

  • The first module starts with Siting Criteria of the bridge of details out various reasons to select a particular location as a preferred site for bridge against many other locations.  It shows a flow chart to filter out the less feasible locations and drill down to the preferred site location. The module also covers details of various types of bridges and key reasons to select one type of bridge over the others.

Module 2: Bridge Elements

  • The second module details the elements of the Bridges. The Element of Bridges is an exhaustive list, so Superstructure, Expansion Joints, Bearings are covered in the second module and the remaining elements are covered next module.  

Module 3: Bridge Elements

  • The third module covers the remaining elements of the Bridges. Sub-structure, Foundation and secondary elements are covered in this module. 

Module 4: Steps of Bridge Design

  • The fourth module covers Hydraulics analysis of river flow is discussed to calculate the maximum discharge of river flow. Thereafter, the loading of parameters of the bridge deck and girders are discussed.   The module also covers the Finite Element Analysis. The objective of Finite Element Analysis is to find a localized failure, in the bridge due to a vehicular impact and how detailed modelling can help to determine all possible failures. 

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Hi Gurukul, The entire website is excellent. It is educative, simple ,no-nonsense training site. It is highly effective in transferring knowledge and concepts. It is specially excellent for young people and students out to make a career in civil engineering and want to know a lot of things about a lot of subjects. All courses are so nicely priced. This particular course is an excellent basic input on bridges. Must do for every student of civil engineering. Dinesh Bandiwadekar www.TheEngineersForum.in