Testing of a novel flexible concrete arch system

Susan Taylor, Desmond Robinson, Adrian Long, Abhey Gupta

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages10
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2007
    Event4th New York City Bridge Conference - New York, Ny, United States
    Duration: 01 Aug 200701 Aug 2007


    Conference4th New York City Bridge Conference
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityNew York, Ny


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