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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: ENGM052 Module Title: LONG-SPAN BRIDGES
Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng Short Name: SE1M93
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: DISNEY PL Dr (C, C & E Eng)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Semester 2 
Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment





Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)





2 hour examination










Coursework – Two assignments:





The preliminary design of a long span foot bridge.





A comparison of the performance of a cable-stayed and suspension bridge.










Qualifying Condition(s) 





An overall mark of 50% is required to pass the module.





Module Overview
Knowledge of Structural Analysis & Design to Level HE3
Module Aims


  • This module aims to enable the student to:


  • understand the behaviour of cable stayed and suspension bridges in a historical context.


  • be aware of the methods of construction and equipment used via case studies.


  • learn analysis methods including 2nd order and non-linear effects.


  • learn how to design the decks (concrete and steel), cables, towers (pylons) of long span bridges.
  • be aware of the aerodynamics of both types of bridges.




Learning Outcomes

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





  • demonstrate an understanding of the behaviour and initial design of cable-stayed and suspension bridges.


  • derive the necessary equations to describe the behaviour of cable stays and suspension cables.


  • demonstrate an understanding of the aerodynamics of bridge decks.


  • demonstrate an understanding of the British design code BS5400 in relation to steel plated bridge decks.
  • demonstrate an understanding of the processes involved in the construction of cable-stayed and suspension bridges.
Module Content
  • The content of this course focuses on the analysis, design and construction of long span cable supported bridges.


  • The course will include detailed modelling and analysis of both cable-stayed and suspension bridges, concentrating on the design of the main structural elements, ie. cables, towers, hangers, deck and foundations.


  • The construction processes will be illustrated and explained mainly by slides and videos.


  • The aerodynamic considerations of both bridge types will be explained.
  • Design of longitudinally and transversely stiffened webs and flanges for box girders; design of plate elements, longitudinal stiffeners and cross frames.
Methods of Teaching/Learning

25 hrs lectures/independent study, 5 hrs tutorial/question classes/self assessment questions, 38 hrs assignment work, 2 hrs examination and 80 hrs independent learning.





Total student learning time 150 hours.

Selected Texts/Journals

Podolny N, Construction and Design of Cable-Stayed Bridges, 2nd ed, Wiley, 1986.  (ISBN 04718 26553).





Pugsley A, The Theory of Suspension Bridges, 2nd ed, Edward Arnold, 1968.  (ISBN 07131 31837).





Troitsky MS, Cable-Stayed Bridge Theory and Design,  2nd ed, Blackwell Science, 1988.  (ISBN 0632 02045).





Walther R, Houriet B, Isler W, Moia P and Klein JF, Cable-Stayed Bridges 2nd ed, Thomas Telford, 1999.  (ISBN 07277 27737).





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

Required 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.

Last Updated

6 August 2010