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IASS 2016 Tokyo Symposium: Spatial Structures in the 21st Century


IASS Symposium 2016

SESSION: New Approaches, Materials & Construction Methods

Bio-Based Composite Pedestrian Bridge − Part 1: Design and Optimisation

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  • Proceedings Name: IASS 2016 Tokyo Symposium: Spatial Structures in the 21st Century
  • ISSN: (Electronic Version) 2518-6582
  • Session: New Approaches, Materials & Construction Methods
  • Pages: 10
  • Title: Bio-Based Composite Pedestrian Bridge − Part 1: Design and Optimisation
  • Author(s): Joris Smits, Rafail Gkaidatzis, Rijk Blok, Patrick Teuffel
  • Keywords: structural design, bridge design, naural fibres, bio-based FRP, fibre-reinforced polymers, biocomposites, monocoque structures, structural optimization
Abstract
The Bio-based composite bridge is a 3TU project which aims to design and realize a 14m span pedestrian bridge made from fibre-reinforced polymers (FRP) that have a high percentage of bio-based content. The bridge will be installed over the river Domel, at the campus of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands. The present paper investigates the design potentials and challenges of bio-based fibre-reinforced polymers, which is a relatively new material in architectural and structural bridge design. Along with the design possibilities of the material, the paper presents the entire design process followed from conceptual stage to detailing, focusing on the evaluation of different structural typologies and the optimization of selected geometry.

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