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To analyse and design a Suspension bridge with a span of 400m for pedestrian and two wheeler traffic.


The bridge across the river Cauvery, currently caters to a mixed traffic ranging from pedestrians to heavy duty vehicles causing a lot of traffic congestion and numerous accidents.

Diverting the pedestrians and two wheelers on to the Suspension bridge will reduce the traffic volume and enhance safety. Also, as the Suspension bridge is aesthetically appealing, it could also be an added source of revenue for the town.


This project basically comprises of analysis and design of a Suspension bridge across a river with a span of 400m for pedestrian and two wheeler traffic.

The project includes manual analysis leading to the designing of the Suspension Bridge.

It includes the design of slabs, tension members, columns and foundation using limit state design.


Literature survey: Books and codes required for the project are collected. Relevant data collection: The required soil characteristics are collected. Traffic survey: Traffic studies are conducted and necessary traffic data collected on the bridge across river Cauvery. Analysis: Analysis of the bridge is done manually Preliminary Design: The necessary design data like bridge type, span length, number of spans, type of stiffening girder, cable sag, type of suspenders are arrived at.

Detailed design: Design of members-cables, suspenders, towers are done. Final report: A detailed report of the project is prepared.

1.5 MAJOR DESIGN EXPERIENCE The project is a Structural Design Project. Design experience in the following areas shall be gained during the course of the project. Design of Deck slab. Design of Cross beams (steel members). Design of Suspenders (steel cables). Design of Main steel cables. Design of Columns. Design of Anchorages.


Environmental constraints: During floods, the hydraulic forces exerted on the supporting columns are expected to be very high in comparison with the light Superstructure load.

Manufacturing constraints: Piling foundation can be avoided since good stratum is available at a greater depth.


The various codes and standards that are used for the completion of the project are given in Table 1.1 below. Table 1.1 Codes and Standards used CODES IS 1835-1977 IRC: 6- 2010 CONTEXT Design of Steel Wires for Rope Standard Specifications and code of practice for Road Bridges IS 9282-1979 Specifications for Wire ropes and Strands for Suspension Bridges. IS 9182-1979 (part-II) IS 456:2000 IS 800:2007 IRC:24-2010 Standard specifications and code of practice for Road Bridge (section:6 Composite Construction) Plain and Reinforced concrete - Code of practice Code of Practice for general construction in Steel Standard Specifications and Code of Practice for Road Bridges, Steel Road Bridges (Limit State Method) IRC:SP-56:2011 Guidelines for Steel Pedestrian Bridges AASHTO American code for Pedestrian loading standards

1.8 APPLICATION OF EARLIER COURSE WORK The academic course works that are used in project are shown in Table 1.2 below. Table 1.2 Earlier Course Work used COURSE CODE AND NAME CE 0201 - Mechanics of Solids CONTEXT Evaluation of bending moment and shear forces CE 0202 - Strength of Materials Evaluation of slope and deflection

CE 0301, CE 0302 - Structural Analysis of determinate structures and Analysis CE 0204 Structural Design CE0303, Design CE0104 Computer aided AutoCAD CE0304 suspension cables Design of steel structures

Structural Design of RCC structures

building drawing Analysing soil as a medium of water flow, CE0305,CEO311-Soil Mechanics Structural support and a Primary building material CE0306- Foundation Engineering Behaviour of foundations for Engineering structures


This project involves in multidisciplinary team work and helps interacting with the public, builders and Government officials during the selection of layout and plan and also collection of rules and regulations respectively.

1.10 SOFTWARE/EQUIPMENT USED The software used in the project is AutoCAD.

1.11 CONCLUSION A thorough knowledge about suspension bridges, their structural behavior, their analysis and design are expected to be gained by the end of this project work.Various technical drawings used for construction and reference have been drawn using AutoCAD .


The analysis and design of this suspension bridge can be extended for bridges with longer spans and to accommodate more traffic over bigger rivers or at any other location.



2.1 GENERAL It is estimated that about 900 million rural people in developing countries do not have reliable year-round access to road networks, and 300 million are without motorized access. All the money invested into infrastructure improvements for paved highways and major vehicular bridges are only serving those with a standard of living appropriating vehicular use and the remaining 300 million rural citizens have unreliable access to even the most basic services or opportunities. Investment in rural transportation improvements would help to reduce poverty through improving access to markets, educational opportunities and medical clinics not currently accessed. Accordingly, a countrys ability to maximize its economic potential to link is closely linked to efficiency of its transportation system. This type of bridge has cables suspended between towers, plus vertical suspender cables that carry the weight of the deck below, upon which traffic crosses. The arrangement allows the deck to be level or to arc upward for additional clearance. Like other Suspension bridge types, this type often is constructed without false work. Suspension bridges in its simplest forms were originally made from ropes and wood. Modern Suspension bridges use a box section roadway supported by high tensile strength cables. With any bridge project the choice of materials and form usually comes down to cost. Suspension bridges tend to be the most expensive to build. A suspension bridge suspends the roadway from huge main cables, which extend from

one end of the bridge to the other. These cables rest on top of high towers and have to be securely anchored into the bank at either end of the bridge. The towers allow the main cables to be draped over long distances. Most of the weight or load of the bridge is transferred by the cables to the anchorage systems. These are embedded in either solid rock or huge concrete blocks. Inside the anchorages, the cables are spread over a large area to evenly distribute the load and to prevent the cables from breaking free. 2.2 PEDESTRIAN BRIDGES For nearly 50 percent of worlds population living in rural isolation, the lack of access reinforces the cycle of poverty. Rural community members spend a great deal of time and effort on transport activities to fulfil their basic needs (Ref. 1). These bridges

For a given capacity, are lighter in weight per foot of bridge. They can be built to span gaps up to 400 feet with no intermediate supports. All bridge parts, with exception of main cables and suspenders, can be built from timber. Cable and equipment for construction can be divided into light, compact loads. Pedestrian bridge technologies vary vastly in design, cost and function.

From a structural standpoint, pedestrian bridges have taken a number of forms, each with the function of providing safe transport over an otherwise impassible crossing. The arrangement allows the deck to be level or to arc upward for additional clearance. Like other Suspension bridge types, this type often is constructed without false work.


The major components of the suspension type bridge are described below. Stiffening girders/trusses, Main cables, Main towers in longitudinal and transverse directions, Anchorages and Suspenders are the necessary components of the Suspension type bridges. The below Figure 2.1 shows the major bridge components and parameters.

Fig 2.1 Structural Components of a Suspension Bridge

The basic structural components of a suspension bridge system are shown in Figure 2.1. I. Stiffening girders/trusses: Longitudinal structures which support and distribute moving vehicle loads act as chords for the lateral system and secure the aerodynamic stability of the structure. Stiffening girders are typically classified into two-hinge or continuous types. Two hinge stiffening girders are commonly used for highway bridges. For combined highway

railway bridges, the continuous girder is often adopted to ensure train runnability.


Main cables: A group of parallel-wire bundled cables which support stiffening girders/trusses by hanger ropes and transfer loads to towers. In early suspension bridges, chains, eye-bar chains, or other material was used for the main cables. Wire cables were used for the first time in suspension bridges in the first half of the 19th century, and parallel-wire cables were adopted for the first time in the Niagara Falls Bridge in 1854. Cold drawn and galvanized steel wires were adopted for the first time in the Brooklyn Bridge in 1883. This type has been used in almost all modern long-span suspension bridges. The types of parallel wire strands and stranded wire ropes that typically comprise cables. As per IRC:24-2010, strands are bundled into a circle to form one cable. Hanger ropes might be steel bars, steel rods, stranded wire ropes, parallel wire strands, and others. Stranded wire rope is most often used in modern suspension bridges.


Main towers: Intermediate vertical structures which support main cables and transfer bridge loads to foundations. In Longitudinal direction, towers are classified into rigid, flexible, or

locking types. Flexible towers are commonly used in long-span suspension bridges, rigid towers for multi span suspension bridges to provide enough stiffness to the bridge, and locking towers occasionally for relatively short-span suspension bridges. In Transverse direction, towers are classified into portal or diagonally braced types. Moreover, the tower shafts can either be vertical or inclined. Typically, the centre axis of inclined shafts coincides with the centre line of the cable at the top of the tower. Careful examination of the tower configuration is important, in that towers dominate the bridge aesthetics.


Anchorages: Massive concrete blocks which anchor main cables and act as end supports of a bridge. In general, anchorage structure includes the foundation, anchor block, bent block, cable anchor frames, and protective housing. Anchorages are classified into gravity or tunnel anchorage system. Gravity anchorage relies on the mass of the anchorage itself to resist the tension of the main cables. This type is commonplace in many suspension bridges. Tunnel anchorage takes the tension of the main cables directly into the ground. Adequate geotechnical conditions are required.


Suspenders: These are the cables that connect the girders to the main cable. They help in load transfer from the girder to the cable (Ref 2).


A Suspension bridge can be made out of simple materials such as wood and common wire rope. Less material may be required than other bridge types, even at spans they can achieve, leading to a reduced construction cost. Except for installation of the initial temporary cables,little or no access from below is required during construction, for example allowing a waterway to remain open while the bridge is built above.

Longer main spans are achievable than with any other type of bridge. May be better to withstand earthquake movements than heavier and more rigid bridges.



Considerable stiffness or aerodynamic profiling may be required to prevent the bridge deck vibrating under high winds The relatively low deck stiffness compared to other (non-suspension) types of bridges makes it more difficult to carry heavy rail traffic where high concentrated live loads occur

Some access below may be required during construction, to lift the initial cables or to lift deck units. This access can often be avoided in cable-stayed bridge construction


2.6.1 Under Spanned Suspension Bridge

In an under spanned suspension bridge, the main cables hang entirely below the bridge deck, but are still anchored into the ground in a similar way to the conventional type. Very few bridges of this nature have been built, as the deck is inherently less stable than when suspended below the cables. Examples include the Pont des Bergues of 1834 designed by Guillaume Henri Dufour, James Smiths Micklewood Bridge and a proposal by Robert Stevenson for a bridge over the river Almond near Edinburgh. Roeblings Delaware Aqueduct _begun 1847) consists of three sections supported by cables. The timber structure essentially hides the cables; and from a quick view, it is not immediately apparent that it is even a suspension bridge (Ref 3).


2.6.2 Suspension Cable types

As per IS 1835-1977, the main suspension cable in older bridges was often made fro the chain or linked bars, but modern bridge cables are made from multiple strands of wire. This contributes greater redundancy, a few flawed stands in the hundreds used pose very little threat, whereas a single bad link or eye bar can cause failure of the entire bridge. (The failure of a single eye bar was found to be the cause of the collapse of the Silver Bridge over the River Ohio). Another reason is that as spans increased, engineers were unable to lift larger chains into position, whereas wire strand cables can be largely prepared in mid-air from a temporary walkway. . 2.6.3 Deck structure types

Most suspension bridges have open truss structures to support the road bed, particularly owing to the favourable effects of using plate girders, discovered from the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapse (1940). Recent developments in bridge aerodynamics have allowed the reintroduction of plate girders. In the picture of Yichang Bridge, note the very sharp entry and sloping under girders in the suspension bridge shown. This enables this type of construction to be used without the danger of vortex shedding and consequent aero elastic effects, such as those that destroyed the original Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Cable suspension may also be augmented by the inherent stiffness of the structure that has much in common with the tubular bridge light cable suspension may prove less expensive and seem more elegant for a footbridge than strong girder supports.




3.1 Objective

The objective of the project is to analyse and design a suspension bridge with a span of 400 m that caters to pedestrian and two wheeler traffic. The structure that will be designed is a simple conventional suspension bridge structure that involves manual analysis and design of various structural components of the bridge like main cable, suspenders, deck slab, stiffening girder, column and the footing. This project is proposed to be built on the banks of river Cauvery at Trichy. The primary objective of this project is to divert the pedestrian and two wheeler traffic on to this new structure, thereby streamlining the traffic flow across the river. The suspension bridge, as mentioned earlier is a simple and a conventional structure owing to reduce the complexity of the manual calculations.

3.2 Scope

The project basically comprises of analysis and design of a suspension bridge of 400 m span as mentioned in the objective of the project. As the structure caters to only two wheeler and pedestrian traffic and not to commercial vehicles it is designed as a simple and a conventional structure. The project envisages the manual analysis and design of the suspension bridge. The simplicity of the structure is also to reduce the complexity in the manual analysis and design of the structure. The manual analysis of the structure is based on the paper presented in ASCE journal by

Professor P. Wollman. The analysis is an iterative procedure and hence, involves the use of various mathematical functions and tools. The manual analysis in turn leads to the design of the various components of the suspension bridge. This project involves the design of the main cables, suspender cables, deck slab, stiffening girder, columns and their footing slab. The design of anchorages is beyond the scope of this project.


This entire project is analytical in nature. Literature survey is done with reference to journals, online articles and publishing from previous works. Once literature survey is completed functional layout is prepared. Thus allocating the spaces as per the functional requirement. Plan of the Suspension bridge is prepared by using AutoCAD software. The deck slab is designed as a conventional rigid pavement as per AASHTO codes. As per IRC:SP-56:2011, the hangers are continuously distributed along the girder and are inextensible. The girder stiffness is constant for each span.Cross Beams are designed as per IS:800-2007, the Steel members are designed to transfer load to connected Suspenders. As per the reference (3), Gravity Anchorages relies on the mass of the anchorages itself to resist the tension of the main cables.





Modern suspension bridges are typically analysed using computer programs with nonlinear analysis capabilities based on finite element formulations . Such models may have many thousands of degree of freedom. For example, a global finite element model with 9,780 degrees of freedom was developed. A global finite- element model with 9,780 degrees of freedom was developed for the final design of the East Bridge across the Great Beltin Denmark (East 1998) . Obviously, there is a need for simpler models that help the designer to understand the behaviour of the structure in a manner not offered by finite element analysis. Such models are useful for preliminary design and for the independent checks of the more complex models. The method of analysis used in this project is from a paper Preliminary Analysis of Suspension Bridges by Geogor P. Wollman. In this paper the derivation of the fundamental equations of suspension bridge analysis is based on the deflection theory, and a practical solution method is presented. This method, while not suitable for hand calculations, can be easily implemented in a mathematical analysis program [e.g. Math=cad(1998)] or for simpler cases in a computer spread sheet program . The derivations in the paper follow the presentation. In Petersen (1993) and Rubin and Vogel (1982) .However, the method has been extended to cover the case where the flexural pylon stiffness is not

negligible. The approach is different from that typically presented in the U.S. literature Steinman 1929,1934; Timoshenko and Young 1965) and takes advantage of the analogy between a suspended girder and a beam under tension (Ref:).

4.1.1 Basic equations of Stiffening girder

The following assumptions are made for the derivations of the differential equation describing the suspended stiffening girder as per the Reference (1). a) The dead load (self-weight and super imposed dead load) is uniform and is carried by the suspension cable alone. b) Under dead load the cable shape is parabolic. c) The hangers are continuously distributed along the girder and are inextensible. d) The hangers are vertical initially and remain vertical under load. e) The girder stiffness is constant for each span.

Fig. 4.1 Cable geometry Based on the assumptions and the notations used in Fig.4.1, the equations for the geometry of cable under the action of dead load are: y = x tan + x (l-x) ; y = tan + x (l-2x); y= (4.1)


Where, y - cable ordinate under dead load y'- cable slope under dead load y''- cable curvature under dead load x - distance from left support l - span length f - sag

y''= =-2 Hg = Where, g - uniform dead load, including weight of cable; Hg - horizontal cable force component under dead load; Hg = = 48,945 kN 10-3 1/m (4.2)

f1 =


= f1, f2 = 5.65 m.

= 0.0375

= 0.1
The chord angles of the suspension bridge are: tan = tan = 40/150

= 14 55' 53''
The cable parameters are: Lc = l[ ( ) Where, Lc = Length of cable Side span = 150( = 167.89 m Main span = 400( = 475.4 m To evaluate the formula, Hp must be known. The condition to determine the floors is provided by the compatibility requirement that the horizontal projection of the change in cable length due to live load and temperature equals the change in horizontal distance between the cable end points as illustrated in Figure 4.2. ) ) ] (4.4)

Fig 4.2 Compatibility conditions for cable


The cable stretch due to live load and temperature change is given by




- Cable stiffness; T - temperature change;

- coefficient of thermal expansion;

The flexural stiffness of the pylons is represented by horizontal springs with stiffnesses kb and kc and similarly the stiffness of the anchor block are represented by horizontal springs with stiffnesses ka and kd. Vertical deflections at anchor blocks and pylons are ignored. If the pylon stiffness can be neglected, then (kb = kc = 0). In such a case, the compatibility equation has to be written as the sum over all cable segments from anchor block to anchor block, resulting in a single equation for the unknown horizontal cable force component, Hp Where, - Cable stiffness , - stiffness of anchor blocks (4.6)

The notations in the above formula have been explained in the earlier article. The integration

is best performed numerically, based on the Simpson rule. (4.7)


Where, - Stiffening girder parameter - dimensionless quantity ( ) wo- wn - deflection at various ordinates of the cable

w () = [ Where,


- stiffening girder parameter =

q - transverse load = p + Hpy'' = p Hp N - axial tension = Hg + Hp As per IS 9282:1979, this method of analysis is completely a mathematical approach. So, the tension in the cable under the action of live load is deduced using an iterative procedure called the Newton Raphsons method. The other quantities used for arriving at the final tension value are also mathematically found out using various mathematical tools like The Simpsons integration rule etc. The Idealized Suspension bridge with necessary symbols displaying each span with its cable tension, lengths and stiffnesses in the below Figure 4.3.

Fig 4.3 Idealized Suspension Bridge


The equations used to find out tension are non linear and must be solved iteratively. The steps for the solution of the equation using Newton Raphsons method are given below. Step 1: Assume an initial value for Hp and the step size Hp based on the desired levels of accuracy. Step 2: Calculate deflections w for the given Hp as per the equations for w (). Load case to be considered are the applied live load and the uniformly distributed load directed upward given by -Hpy''. Step 3: Calculate using simpsons integration rule.

Step 4: Calculate the new improved Hp using the equation ** given below
( ( ) )


Where, - current value for Hp - New value for Hp Step 5: Repeat steps 2-4 until f(Hp) is close to 0 within the desired accuracy. General assumptions: EcAc = 36106 kN; EI = 57106 kN/m; K = 8500 kN/m. In order to reduce the monotony, this report contains just the tabulated results of the first and the final iterations. Iteration I: Assume = 6000 kN; = =12 kN/m

q = 44 kN/m; N = 54945 kN; = 12.42;


Table 4.1 Results of deflection due to Hp X 0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.6 0.7 0.8 0.9 X(m) 150 190 230 270 310 350 390 430 470 510 W due to Hp 0 5.175 9.489 12.643 14.550 15.185 14.539 12.603 9.489 5.175 Sum 0 5.175 9.489 12.643 14.550 15.185 14.539 12.603 9.489 5.175 4 2 4 1 4 2 4 2 4 2 Sum 0 20.7 18.978 50.572 29.10 60.74 29.10 50.572 18.978 20.7 299.44 (Sumwt)

= = (299.44)

3392.53 m

= 0.90 = 6250 kN


Table 4.2 Results for deflection due to Hp + Hp X X(m) due to Sum Sum (Sum wt)

0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.6 0.7 0.8 0.9

150 190 230 270 310 350 390 430 470 510

0 5.094 9.340 12.445 14.323 14.950 14.323 12.445 9.340 5.094

0 5.094 9.340 12.445 14.323 14.950 14.323 12.445 9.340 5.094

1 4 2 4 2 4 2 4 2 4

0 20.376 18.68 49.78 28.646 59.80 28.646 49.78 18.68 20.376 294.764

q = 43.5 kN/m N = 55195 kN = 12.44 = -12.5 kN/m = = (294.764)

= 3930.13 m

= = 0.8812 ( ( = 17,968.08 kN The final iteration: = 16053.2 kN q = 23.89 kN/m N = 64998 kN = 13.50; = -32.10 kN/m = = (146.80)

) )

= 1957.33 m = q = 43.5 kN/m N = 55195 kN = 12.44 = -12.5 kN/m


Table 4.3 Results for deflection due to X 0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.6 0.7 0.8 0.9 X(m) 150 190 230 270 310 350 390 430 470 510 W due to Hp 0 2.64 4.69 6.168 7.050 7.344 7.050 6.168 4.69 2.64 Sum 0 2.64 4.69 6.168 7.050 7.344 7.050 6.168 4.69 2.64 1 4 2 4 2 4 2 4 2 4 (Sum wt) 0 10.56 9.38 24.672 14.1 29.378 14.1 24.672 9.38 10.56 146.80 (Sum wt)

= 0.0745 = 6250 kN; q = 43.5kN/m; N = 55195 kN; = 12.44; = = (131.08) = -12.5 kN/m

= 1747.82 m


Table 4.4 Results for deflections due to X X(m) W due to Sum Sum (Sum wt)

0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 0.6 0.7 0.8 0.9 1.0

150 190 230 270 310 350 390 430 470 510 550

0 2.349 4.296 5.715 6.571 6.8578 6.571 5.715 4.296 2.349 0

0 2.349 4.296 5.715 6.571 6.8578 6.571 5.715 4.296 2.349 0

1 4 2 4 2 4 2 4 2 4 1

0 9.396 8.59 20.70 13.142 27.431 13.142 20.70 8.59 9.396 0 131.08

= = 0.493 ( ( = 16008.2 kN. ) )


Therefore, the tension due to live load analysed by the iterative procedure using deflection theory was found to be 16008.2 kN. The cables and the other structural members of the suspension bridge are designed to withstand the above deduced load.


4.2.1 Cables

Parallel wires have been exclusively used exclusively as the main cable in suspension bridges around the world. Parallel wires have the advantage of having higher strength and modulus of elasticity when compared with the normal stranded wire ropes. Alignment of the main cable must be decided first. The sag span ratio of the suspension bridge is 1/10. After the structural analysis, the structural area is calculated based on the maximum tension in the cable. High strength steel wire of tensile strength 1770 N/mm2 is used. Tension in cable = 16008.2 kN Tensile strength = 1770 N/mm2 Area of cable to be provided = 9044 mm2 Provide a parallel wire cable of diameter 145 mm as the main cable which has the following properties: Nominal diameter = 145 mm Nominal cross-section area = 12080 mm2 Nominal axial stiffness = 1873 MN Nominal metallic mass = 101.5 kg/m Minimum breaking = 19450 kN

4.2.2 Suspenders

Suspenders transfer the loads from the deck of the suspension bridge to its main cable. So they are designed for strength of 5880 kN. So for reduced loads of this magnitude smaller wire cables are used. For instance, here, a spiral strand rope of 80 mm diameter is used as suspenders. They are provided at 10 m intervals starting from the left end the cable properties are: Nominal diameter = 80 mm Nominal cross section area = 3673 mm2 Nominal metallic mass = 30.3 Nominal axial stiffness = 569 MN Minimum breaking force = 5910 Cable strands and anchored to the cable anchorage frame. Hanger ropes are connected to the main cable with cable bands.

4.2.3 Deck slab

The deck slab is designed as a conventional rigid pavement as per AASHTO codes. According to the design, contraction joints are provided at every 3.5 m intervals and expansion joints at an interval of 60 m.

4.2.4 Stiffening Girder

Plate girders are a deep flexural members used to carry loads that cannot be carried economically by a rolled beam. Plate girders offer a unique flexibility in fabrication and the cross section can be uniform or non-uniform along the span. Due

to the compactness of the plate girders, vibration and impact are not serious problems. It is a normal practice to fabricate plate girders by welding together three plates. The plate girder used in this suspension bridge is an example of such a fabrication. The plate girder is designed for a span of 10 m. The girder spans between the suspenders. The design loads for which the girder is designed are: Dead load = 42.24 kN/m Live load = 56 kN/m The design of girder is according to the design standards mentioned in IS 800:2007. The design warrants for the provision of web plate of dimension 1200 40 mm and flange plates of dimension 350 40 mm. Plate girders offer a unique flexibility in fabrication and the cross section can be uniform or non-uniform along the span.

4.2.5 Column

This project envisages the design of a column that takes an axial compressive force equivalent to the vertical component of the tension due to live load Hp. In order to withstand the high magnitude of compressive force, a built up laced column is designed. Design of load column

As per IRC: 6-2010 P = 4124.65 kN L = 12 m


Assume a design stress of 125 MPa Required area = Use 4 number of 200 200 20 angles Mass = 60 Kg/m Or = 76.4 The dimensions are as follows: A B = 200 200 Thickness = 20 m =15.0, = 2880 = 4.8; , = 57.1 mm, = 5.71 cm

= 2880 , (min) = 1180 (min) = 3.39 cm; ; = = 6.14 cm ; = 201

(max) = 4570 (max) = 7.73 cm,

= 201

Area provided = 7640 4 = 30560 For 30560, Req = 4124.65 = 134.96 N/ Table (11) value of k = 0.65 L for fixed condition Efficient length L = 0.65 12 Required = = 97.5 mm

Moment of Inertia required section = A


= 30560 = 290.5 Equating the required moment of inertia provided 290.5 =4 = 75.74 mm +30560

Spacing of angles(s) = 2 (75.74+57.1) = 265 mm Provide 265 mm spacing Now, = = (4 r= = = 35.98 From table (9c), fcd = 303.5 N/mm2 Capacity of the built up column = 9247.96 > 4124 kN Hence the column is safe. = 9274.96 kN = 35.98; fy = 250 of built up section +30560( )

= 216.77 mm

31 Connecting systems

Providing a double lacing system with a lacing flat inclined at Both are provided at the centre of the leg. Spacing of Lacing bar, ( ) = (265 100 100) cot = 65 mm = = 1.06 < 50 35.98 = 25.18

Should be less than 0.7

25.186 > 1.06 Shear force, V = 2.5 % Load (codes) = 4124.65

(V) = 103.116 kN Transverse shear in each panel = = = 36457 cosec cosec

4.2.6 Section of Lacing flat Assuming 20 mm bolts According to (clause 7.6.2) w = 3 20 mm

= 60 mm


Length of lacing = (365 100 100) cosec = 91.9 mm Minimum thickness of lacing flat = (91.9) = 1.53 m Providing a flat of 60 6 mm Minimum radius of gyration, r = = Hence the flat is safe. For = 37.18 and fy = 250

= 1.73 mm = 37.18 < 145

fcd = 207.34 N/mm2 Capacity of lacing bar = 270.34 60 6

= 74640.24 > 36457 Hence the lacing bar is safe.

4.2.7 Connections

Strength of a 20 mm diameter bolt in double shear = 2


= 90.6 kN Strength of bolt in bearing = 2.5 kb d t = 2.5



= 59 kN Number of bolts = 236457cot 45 (59103) =1.235 Provide two 20mm diameter bolts Tie plates Effective depth = 265 - (2 57.1) = 150 mm Which is minimum edge distance of 16mm diameter bolts = 25mm Overall depth = 150 + (225) = 200mm Thickness of plate = = 1.3 mm Therefore provide (265 200 6) mm plate and connect it using three number of 16 mm diameter bolts.

4.2.8 Base plate

P = 4124kN h = 265mm b= 265mm Bearing strength of concrete = 0.45, fck = 0.4530 =13.5 N/mm2 Required area of base plate =

= 305529.629 mm2 Use a base plate of size 600600 mm with an area = 360000 mm2 The column is kept in the centre Therefore there will be a projection of about 335mm on each side W= = 11.47 N/mm2 ts = )

= = 16.65mm < 20mm Hence provide a base plate 60060020 mm Also provide 20 mm diameter and 300 mm lone anchor bolts to connect the base plate to the foundation concrete. Use a 6 mm fillet weld all around the column section to hold the base plate in place. 4.2.9 Footing

As mentioned in the manufacturing constraints, avoiding the pile foundation due to the availability of good stratum at a greater depth is a hurdle. This constraint is overcome by designing a massive R.C.C footing slab to overcome the axial compression and high moments. The design of the footing follows design specifications as per IS 456. The design resulted in the provision of a pedestal of dimension 800x800x900 mm and 10 nos. of 20 mm diameter rods around the pedestal. Also provision of 8 mm tie bars at 300 mm c/c is also mandated. The footing slab with a dimension of 6000 6000 1300 mm is to be provided and 30 nos

of 20 mm rods are to be provided at 300 mm spacing. The dimensions of a tie bar is shown in the below Figure 4.4.

Fig 4.4 Dimensions of a tie bar





The various parts of the pedestrian suspension bridge are analyzed with respect to cost, time, availability of skilled labors and ease in construction and designed to arrive at an economical structure which requires low maintenance and thereby providing easier and better access. Various technical drawings used for construction and reference have been drawn using AutoCAD.


The analysis and design of this suspension bridge can be extended for bridges with longer spans and to accommodate heavier traffic over bigger rivers or at any other location. Investment in rural transportation improvements would help to reduce poverty through improving access to markets, educational opportunities and medical clinics not currently accessed. Accordingly, a countrys ability to maximize its economic potential to link is closely linked to efficiency of its transportation system. The Suspension bridge can be built up to 400 feet with no intermediate supports. From structural standpoint, Suspension bridges have taken a number of forms, each with the function of providing safe transport to the rural community members who wants to avoid travel by river and to fulfill their basic needs.




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