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In the twentieth century bridge engineers have seen many changes. Advances in technology, materials and engineers understanding of structural behaviour and methods of analysis has presented opportunities for innovation and have led to increasingly sophisticated solutions to the basic problem of providing a bridge over an obstacle.
However, despite these innovative technological changes, the masonry arch bridge has shown itself to be a durable, cost-effective structure, tolerant of its modern environment and out-performing many of its competitors. In recent years arch bridges in the West have been built using reinforced concrete or steel construction; whilst in China, masonry arch bridges have continued to enjoy popularity, and there is a growing realisation in the UK that masonry arch bridges offer longevity and environmental acceptance.
Arch bridges brings together current knowledge on all aspects of bridge behaviour. Leading experts from over ten counties give details of the latest developments in construction, design, analysis, repair, and maintenance.
Using case histories to illustrate the methods used, this book provides an authoritative source of information which is vital to the industry if the current renaissance in arch bridge building is to be sustained.