‘FlexiArch’ Rapid method of constructing arches

A. Gupta, D. Robb, A. Long, D. McPolin, S. Nanukuttan

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Abstract

Arch bridges are strong, durable, aesthetically pleasing and require little maintenance but very few have been built since the early 1900’s. However, there has been a mini renaissance of this proven form of construction since the FlexiArch was launched in 2007 as it uses precast concrete voussoirs, has no corrodible reinforcement, does not need centring, can be installed in hours and is contractor friendly. After installation the FlexiArch system acts like a traditional arch and not surprisingly, has been found to be exceptionally strong and stiff. To date over fifty FlexiArch bridges ranging in span from 4-16 metres have been installed in the UK/Ireland and in this paper exemplars will be given. As it is very sustainable and has very low full life cycle costs, the need for longer spans (30 metres plus), and multi-span viaducts has been recognized and solutions under development will be described.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInsights and Innovations in Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation, Cape Town, South Africa, 5-7 September 2016
PublisherCRC Press/Balkema
Pages1640-1644
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781138029279
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event6th International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation, SEMC 2016 - Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 05 Sep 201607 Sep 2016

Conference

Conference6th International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation, SEMC 2016
CountrySouth Africa
CityCape Town
Period05/09/201607/09/2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering

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    Gupta, A., Robb, D., Long, A., McPolin, D., & Nanukuttan, S. (2016). ‘FlexiArch’ Rapid method of constructing arches. In Insights and Innovations in Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation, Cape Town, South Africa, 5-7 September 2016 (pp. 1640-1644). CRC Press/Balkema.