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Course Detail

Course Name Bridge Engineering
Course Code 15CVL433
Program B. Tech. in Civil Engineering
Year Taught 2019


Unit 1

Investigations for culverts and minor bridges, Investigations for major bridges – topography, catchment, hydrology, geotechnical aspects, construction resources – design flood discharge – methods, linear waterway. choice of foundation for piers and abutments – types – cost ratio – clearance – choice of foundation – open, pile, well, block foundations – relative suitability. setting out for piers and abutments for minor and major bridges. classification of culverts and bridges – components of bridge structures – loading standards – railway and road loading standards. Types of foundations.

Unit 2

Piers and abutments – function, aesthetics, materials; wing walls – construction aspects. super structure – types – choice of materials – design principles, considerations and criteria of pipe culverts, slab culvert, box culvert, causeways. Design of T beam and slab bridge – design principles of RC balanced cantilever bridge and articulation. Design concepts of rigid frame bridges – thumb rule design of masonry arch bridges – design of bowstring girder bridge and components.

Unit 3

Suspension bridges, cable stayed bridges and their components; bearings – types – design of rocker and roller bearings. Bridge superstructure construction – supports and centering for RC bridges – erection of precast RC girders and steel girder bridges – maintenance of bridges, strengthening of masonry arch bridges.

Text Books

  1. D. Johnson Victor, “Essentials of bridge engineering”, Oxford University Press, 2008.
  2. N. Krishna Raju, “Design of bridges”, Oxford University Press, 2008.


  • E. J. O’Brien and D. L. Keogh, “Bridge deck analysis”, Spons Architecture, 1999.
  • Raina, V. K. “Concrete Bridge Practice”, Shroff Pub & Dist. Pvt. Ltd, 2007.
  • Ponnuswamy, S., “Bridge Engineering”, Tata McGraw Hill Education, 2007.
  • Relevant Codes of Practice

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