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Chapter 10

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The analysis of bridge structures begins with an approved TS&L drawing and the AASHTO
LRFD Bridge Design Specifications. Using these two documents, the design engineer begins
by making a preliminary estimate of the members and end conditions. This assumed structure
is then analyzed for the design loads and only the critical sections are designed. This design is
then compared with the assumed (estimated) sections.

If necessary, the structure is modified and the new structure is again analyzed. This process
continues until the optimum design is attained. At this point, the entire structure is designed for
all sections and the plans can be produced.

Typically, the design is monitored at each stop for consistency, economic feasibility and
practicality of construction. The designer must never forget the original purpose of the structure
and the objectives of the FLHBO partners.

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