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Challenging Design Aspects of a 3-Tower Cable-Stayed Bridge

 Challenging Design Aspects of a 3-Tower Cable-Stayed Bridge
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Presented at IABSE Symposium: Engineering for Progress, Nature and People, Madrid, Spain, 3-5 September 2014, published in , pp. 1918-1925
DOI: 10.2749/222137814814068571
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KYTC's project requirements and the design/build team's drive to reduce cost and shorten construction schedule led to the development of a three-tower cable-stayed bridge with a flexible foundation...
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Medium: conference paper
Language(s): English
Conference: IABSE Symposium: Engineering for Progress, Nature and People, Madrid, Spain, 3-5 September 2014
Published in:
Page(s): 1918-1925 Total no. of pages: 8
Page(s): 1918-1925
Total no. of pages: 8
Year: 2014
DOI: 10.2749/222137814814068571
Abstract:

KYTC's project requirements and the design/build team's drive to reduce cost and shorten construction schedule led to the development of a three-tower cable-stayed bridge with a flexible foundation system in the longitudinal direction. Working through the site specific challenges and external constraints the design team was able to deliver an affordable solution that could be built in a short period of time.

The key measures taken by the design build team to address these unique challenges included the following:

  • The design/build team worked effectively with the owner's engineer to develop project specific design criteria to address the unique behaviour of the flexible system and to provide overall safety margin for the structural system consistent with the project requirements specified in the RFP;

  • At the start of the final design, the designer identified the key system behaviour that needed to be properly captured not only for the completed structure but also for the critical erection stages. Appropriate computer models were developed to ensure such behaviour was properly modelled. Sensitivity of the key behaviour to the design assumptions including construction tolerances were also properly incorporated;

  • At the early design stages, the designer and the contractor had extensive discussions and reached a consensus on the appropriate restrictions that are required in placement of superstructure steelwork and precast deck panels to limit the erection loads on the flexible foundations;

  • To comply with the contractor's very aggressive construction schedule, the designer had to complete the design of the first tower before all studies and investigations (such as wind tunnel and technique shat load tests) had been completed. The designer made some reasonably conservative assumptions in design of the first tower based on the available information and prior experience. The first tower design was then confirmed, and design of the other towers, anchor piers and superstructure was progressively optimized when findings from the studies and investigations became available.

The end result is a durable structure that will grace the Louisville Skyline for years to come.

Keywords:
cable-stayed bridge durability dynamic analysis foundations Three Towers Accelerated Schedule