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Applicability of suspension bridges for transportation in rural areas in Sri Lanka

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dc.contributor.author Thrimavithana, RSK
dc.date.accessioned 2011-03-29T09:47:45Z
dc.date.available 2011-03-29T09:47:45Z
dc.identifier.uri http://dl.lib.mrt.ac.lk/handle/123/622
dc.description A Thesis submited to the Departmenrt of Civil Engineering for the Degree of Master in Engineering in Structural Engineering Design en_US
dc.description.abstract For the rapid economic development of rural villages in Sri Lanka the transportation facilities should be upgraded. In this context, one of the bottlenecks is the need of large number of bridges which is a costly item. Therefore the solution given at the moment is the provision of pedestrian suspension bridges, which can be used only for passengers. Almost all the suspension foot bridges available might not withstand dynamic forces such as wind induced dynamic forces and human induced dynamic forces. The biggest issue on these bridges is the safety. For these locations the development of a suspension bridge that can handle both human and cycles loads safely, will be a great advantage. These structures however are always lively with low stiffness, low mass, low damping and low natural frequencies./ A conceptual study has been carried out to investigate the dynamic characteristics of slender suspension foot bridges under human induced dynamic loads. As the first step, some places where suspension foot bridges are located were visited. While crossing the bridge, during the site visit it was felt that those existing bridges are not comfortable and identified as low safety. Different types of suspension bridges and different structural models were observed. Then existing suspension foot bridges were modeled using both software PROKON (V-2.1) and SAP 2000 (V9.3). Under the first step it was tried to introduce different modifications to existing bridges to satisfy comfort and more structural stability with safety. Since these bridges are having low structural factor of safeties, no modifications are allowed.
dc.format.extent 54, [51]p. : ill. (some col.) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject CIVIL ENGINEERING - Thesis
dc.subject STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING DESIGN -Thesis
dc.subject BRIDGES
dc.subject BRIDGES
dc.subject SUSPENSION
dc.subject TRANSPORTATION - Sri Lank
dc.title Applicability of suspension bridges for transportation in rural areas in Sri Lanka
dc.type Thesis-Abstract
dc.identifier.faculty Engineering en_US
dc.identifier.degree MEng en_US
dc.identifier.department Department of Civil Engineering en_US
dc.date.accept 2009-09
dc.identifier.accno 93916 en_US


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