Introduction to Bridge Mechanics

Course Number: T-3005
Credit: 3 PDH
Subject Matter Expert: Mark P. Rossow, PE (Retired), PhD,
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Overview

In Introduction to Bridge Mechanics, you'll learn ...

  • The three types of loads to consider in bridge design
  • The four basic types of forces experienced by bridge members in response to loadings
  • Bridge load rating guidelines and the various design methods used in bridge design, including ASD, LFD and LFRD
  • The three types of redundancy used in bridge design

Overview

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Credit: 3 PDH

Length: 41 pages

Bridges have been used for thousands of years by humans to span physical obstacles such as a body of water, valley, or road, for the purpose of providing passage over the obstacle. There are many different bridge designs that all serve unique purposes and apply to different situations.

Designs of bridges vary depending on the function of the bridge, the nature of the terrain where the bridge is constructed and anchored, the material used to make it, and the funds available to build it.

This course provides a summary level review of bridge mechanics. The mechanics of a bridge structure can be defined as that physical science dealing with solid bodies at rest or forces in equilibrium. In this course, you’ll learn the methods used in bridge design to accommodate the three different types of loads imposed on bridge members.

Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Bridge design loadings, including dead loads, primary live loads and secondary loads
  • Four basic types of forces experienced by bridge members, including axial, bending, shear and torsional
  • Material response to loadings, including stress, strain, elastic deformation, creep and thermal deformation
  • Bridge movements due to deflection and thermal forces
  • Bridge design methods
  • Bridge load rating methods
  • Span classifications
  • Bridge roadway interactions
  • Types of redundancy used in bridge design
  • The two basic types of bridge foundations

Certificate of Completion

You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 20 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.

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