Free 1/2 Day Seminars - Analysis of Masonry Arch Bridges
These half-day seminars will provide participants with a broad overview of the methods available to assess masonry arch bridges. A special emphasis will be placed on limit analysis methods, which have proved very popular in recent years. The LimitState:RING software will be used to demonstrate many of the principles covered in the seminar, and specific features of this powerful software application will also be described in detail.
2nd December 09 - MANCHESTER - Britannia Hotel [map]
3rd December 09 - LONDON - Royal Institution of Naval Architects [map]
10:00am - 13:00pm*
*In the afternoon of the same day a seminar on Advances in Geotechnical Limit Analysis will be held. Participants with an interest in both topics are welcome to register for both events.
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Specific LimitState:RING features to be explored will include:
- Multi-span and multi-ring bridge analysis capability
- Ability of software to identify mechanisms involving hinging, sliding and/or material crushing failure
- Railway underbridge analysis capability
- Ability to model localized features (e.g. loss of mortar)
- Use of the support movement analysis feature to model load paths under working loads
Who should attend
Dr Gilbert is a chartered civil engineer who has a longstanding interest in the behaviour of masonry arch bridges and also in the application of limit state analysis and design methods. He has published many papers in the field and is the originator of the successful RING masonry arch analysis software, now used in over 40 countries worldwide. Dr Smith has a particular interest in soil-structure interaction in arch bridges and is a recipient of the Institution of Civil Engineers' Baker Medal for a published paper which demonstrates the adverse effects of flooding on the load carrying capacity of masonry arch bridges.