CVEN4008W Bridge Engineering

Academic Year 2022/2023

1) INTRODUCTION: Structural forms, cross-sections, bridge elevations, bearings, joints, substructure, bridge aesthetics, habitat fragmentation, bridge deterioration and monitoring. 2) Bridge scour. 3) BRIDGE LOADING: Safety factors and loading combinations, dead and superimposed dead loading, imposed traffic loading, thermal loading, creep and shrinkage, differential settlement, impact loading, dynamic effects, prestress loading. 4) 2-D AND 3-D MODELLING OF BRIDGE DECKS: Thin plate theory, grillage and finite element analysis, simple isotropic slabs, edge cantilevers and edge stiffening, voided slab bridge decks, beam and slab bridges, cellular bridges, skew and curved bridge decks, three-dimensional analysis.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

1) To develop a basic understanding for bridge aesthetics and function and the most common forms of construction; 2) To provide the student with a knowledge of bridge design philosophy, the loads and load combinations and conceptual design principles; 3) To facilitate an understanding of how a bridge deck responds to various combinations of load; 4) To be able to model a bridge in 2-D/3-D using structural analysis software; 5) To join the bridge engineering community aware of the state of the art of bridge structural systems and details.

Indicative Module Content:


Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Computer Aided Lab


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures and computer laboratory(s) 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
CDIC1023W - English 1, CDIC1028W - English 2, CDIC2016W - English 3, CDIC2020W - English 4, CVEN2007W - , OVSE1003W - English 1, OVSE1008W - English 2, OVSE2014W - English 4

Additional Information:
This module is delivered on our overseas campus in Chang'an only, and is not available for selection by students based in UCD Belfield, UCD Blackrock, or other overseas campus locations.

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: End of semester 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Assignment: Computer lab assignment Unspecified n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

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