Bio-Based Composite Pedestrian Bridge: Part 1: Design and Optimization

Joris Smits, Rafail Gkaidatzis, Rijk Blok, Patrick Teuffel

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the IASS Annual Symposium 2016
    Subtitle of host publicationSpatial Structures in the 21st Century
    EditorsK. Kawaguchi, M. Ohsaki, T. Takeuchi
    Number of pages10
    Publication statusPublished - 26 Sep 2016
    EventIASS Annual Symposium 2016: Spatial Structures in the 21st Century - University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
    Duration: 26 Sep 201630 Sep 2016


    ConferenceIASS Annual Symposium 2016
    Abbreviated titleIASS2016
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