Pedestrian Bridge over Dortmund-Ems Canal in Münster, Germany
In Münster, a pedestrian and cycle bridge must be replaced. What is special here is the elegant structure spanning the Dortmund-Ems Canal in a smooth arc. A very interesting structure!
Wasserstraßen- und Schifffahrtsamt Westdeutsche Kanäle, Rheine, Germany
|Planning and Structural Engineering||
GRBV Ingenieure im Bauwesen GmbH & Co. KG
Model Data for Steel Bridge
The bridge, which crosses the Dortmund-Ems Canal in the city of Münster, is a part of the city's Way of the Cross. Since the canal must be widened, the existing bridge structure no longer meets the requirements in terms of width and structure gauge for inland water transport.
The design of the new bridge is characterized primarily by an inclined exterior truss. The single-span steel structure has a span length of almost 273 ft. The new truss bridge, which has an asymmetrical cross-section, not only meets all new demands, but its design also exudes a touch of elegance.
The main truss lying on the top is an irregular Warren truss. The struts consist of welded open cross-sections, and the top chord consists of a round tube section. For aesthetic reasons, the strut sections are not reduced towards the center of the bridge. The structure is manufactured with a precamber to counteract the expected deflections of the bridge.
The Dlubal customer GRBV Ingenieure im Bauwesen GmbH & Co. KG was responsible for the structural engineering, using RSTAB (steel bridge) and RFEM (concrete abutments). With this bridge design, a worthy structure has been created to replace the old one, fitting harmonically into the cityscape.
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