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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: ENG3145 Module Title: BRIDGE ENGINEERING
Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng Short Name: ENG3145
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: PARKE GA Prof (C, C & E Eng)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Autumn/Spring Semester
Assessment Pattern


Unit(s) of Assessment




Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)


Unseen Examination







The design and whole life cost appraisal of a simply supported footbridge.






Qualifying Condition(s)


An overall mark of 40% is required to pass the module.



Module Overview
This module will introduce the student to the specialist area of bridge engineering. The module will provide them with sufficient knowledge, understanding and specialist skills to design basic safe and sustainable bridge structures and to develop inspection and maintenance strategies so that they can remain functional for as long as possible. 

Completion of the progress requirements of Level HE2

Module Aims

This module aims to:




·         Introduce students to the art and technology of bridge engineering;




·         Explain the various bridge forms and aesthetic considerations;




·         Explain the different types of loading imposed on bridge decks;




·         Enable students to be able to analyse and design simple bridge structures in steel and reinforced concrete;




·         Explain the importance of ensuring stability during the construction of bridges;




·         Explain the basic principles of bridge management including the influence of inspections, assessment and repair on the performance of bridge structures.




Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module you will be able to:




·         analyse and design simple bridges subject to current UK  highway loading and codes of practise;




·         design a steel plate girder bridge to BS5400;




·         design a full strength splice in a steel plate girder to BS5400;




·         calculate the expected fatigue life for welded details use in bridge works;




·         undertake a stability appraisal for a simple bridge ensuring safe construction;




·         design and undertake a basic bridge inspection;




·         appraise the whole life cost of a bridge structure;


  • evaluate maintenance strategies, systems and procedures.
Module Content

·         Structural forms of various bridge types.




·         Bridge deck loading ( UK and EC Codes).




·         Analysis of simple bridge decks by grillage analogy.




·         Introduction to the design of steel/concrete composite bridges.




·         Introduction to the design of steel plate girder bridges.




·         Connection design in steel plate girder bridges.




·         Maintenance strategies, systems and procedures.




·         Inspection, assessment and strengthening.




·         Network and project decision-making.




·         Whole life costing.


  • Assessment procedures for fatigue of steel bridges.
Methods of Teaching/Learning

Autumn semester: 15 hours of lectures and 35 hours of independent learning.




Spring semester: 14 hours of lectures, 6 hours of tutorial classes, and 30 hours independent learning.




Total student learning time 100 hours.
Selected Texts/Journals

Essential Reading


Managing health and safety in construction, Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007. Approved Code of Practice L144 HSB Books 2007 ISBN 978 0 7176 6223 4.





Required Reading


ICE Manual of Bridge Engineering, ed. Parke G., Hewson N., Thomas Telford, 2008, (ISBN 978-0-7277-3452-5).




Hambly EC, Bridge Deck Behaviour, Spon, 1991.  (ISBN 04191 72602).




Highways Agency, The Appearance of Bridges and other Highway Structures, HMSO, 1997.  (ISBN 01155 18045).




BS5400 Part 3 Code of Practice for design of Steel Bridges, British Standards Institution, 2000.




BS5400 Part 5 Code of Practice for design of Composite Bridges, British Standards Institution, 2005.




BS5400 Part10 Code of Practice for design of Steel, Concrete and Composite Bridges , Code of Practice for Fatigue, British Standards Institution, 1980.




Ryall MJ, Bridge Management, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2001.




Harding JE, Parke GAR and Ryall MJ, Bridge Management, Elsevier Applied Science, 1990.




Harding JE, Parke GAR and Ryall MJ, Bridge Management 2, Thomas Telford, 1993.




Harding JE, Parke GAR and Ryall MJ, Bridge Management 3, Spon, 1996.




Ryall MJ, Parke GAR and Harding JE, Bridge Management 4, Thomas Telford, 2000.




Das PC, Safety of Bridges, Thomas Telford, 1997.




Das PC, Management of Highway Structures, Thomas Telford, 1999.




Wallbank J, The Performance of Concrete in Bridges: a Survey of 200 Highway Bridges. HSMO, 1989.




Yanev B, Bridge Management, John Wiley, 2007.




Last Updated
14 October 2009