FlexiArch-stress ribbon combination for multi-span pedestrian bridges

A. E. Long, D. Mcpolin, S. Nanukuttan, A. Gupta, D Robb

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    The potential benefits of combining the elegance of the stress ribbon concept with the robustness and speed of construction of the FlexiArch is discussed. In combination, multi-span pedestrian/cycle bridges which are innovative, highly durable and have optimal full life cycle costs can be produced with lengths of over 100 m. As the stress ribbon system is well known, the main emphasis of this paper will be on the FlexiArch. Since 1900 few arch bridges have been built, but with the development of the innovative FlexiArch this trend can be reversed as they can be installed rapidly, are cost competitive, have all the attributes of masonry arches and are very sustainable. Thus the FlexiArch represents a very attractive alternative to heavily reinforced cast in situ arches currently used in combination with stress ribbon deck systems.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMulti-Span Large Bridges - Proceedings of the International Conference on Multi-Span Large Bridges, 2015
    PublisherCRC Press/Balkema
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)9781138027572
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    EventInternational Conference on Multi-Span Large Bridges, 2015 - Porto, Portugal
    Duration: 01 Jul 201503 Jul 2015


    ConferenceInternational Conference on Multi-Span Large Bridges, 2015

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Civil and Structural Engineering
    • Building and Construction
    • Mechanics of Materials

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