CVEN40120 Bridge Engineering

Academic Year 2021/2022

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.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning




Computer Aided Lab




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

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
CVEN40040 - Structural Modelling (Bridges)

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 must be completed and submitted. Week 7 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

* Bridge Deck Analysis by E.J. OBrien, D.L. Keogh, and A.J. O’Connor, Taylor & Francis, 2nd edition, 2014.
* Bridge Deck Behaviour by E.C. Hambly, Spon, 1991.
Name Role
Miguel Casero Flórez Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Arturo Gonzalez Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor John O'Sullivan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Computer Aided Lab Offering 1 Week(s) - 30 Fri 12:00 - 13:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31 Mon 12:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Tues 09:00 - 10:50