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Airedale Swing Bridge in Rodley, United Kingdom
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The largest manually operated steel swing bridge in the UK was designed using RFEM 6!
The total length of the steel bridge is about 15 m (49 ft) and the width is about 5 m (16 ft). Pylons made of rectangular tubes with guyed tension members consisting of round steel sections are arranged on each of the bridge's longitudinal girders in order to keep the vertical deformations low. The bridge can be rotated by 90° using a manually operated rotating mechanism. When the bridge is open, the passage width for ships is about 5,5 m (18 ft).
In RFEM, the Matrix Consulting Engineers Ltd analyzed the states for bridge closed and bridge open. In the closed state, various load positions for vehicles and ship impacts have been set as actions.
In the video, you can see the mechanism of the bridge, as animation in RFEM.
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Plate girder is an economical choice for long spans construction. I-section steel plate girder typically has a deep web to maximize its shear capacity and flange separation, yet thin web to minimize the self-weight. Due to its large height-to-thickness (h/tw) ratio, transverse stiffeners may be required to stiffen the slender web.
View of Pylon | Suspension Footbridge in Dolní Morava, Czech Republic | © TAROS NOVA | www.taros-nova.cz
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