This paper describes the testing of a novel flexible masonry concrete arch system which requires no centering in the construction phase or steel reinforcement in the long-term. The arch is constructed from a 'flat pack' system by use of a polymer reinforcement for supporting the self-weight of the concrete voussoirs and behaves as a masonry arch once in the arch form. The paper outlines the construction of a prototype arch and load testing of the backfilled arch ring. Some comparisons to the results from analysis software have been made. The arch had a load carrying capacity far in excess of the current Highways Agency (United Kingdom) design wheel loads.
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - Aug 2007|
|Event||4th New York City Bridge Conference - New York, Ny, United States|
Duration: 01 Aug 2007 → 01 Aug 2007
|Conference||4th New York City Bridge Conference|
|City||New York, Ny|
|Period||01/08/2007 → 01/08/2007|