Structural analysis of the first iron bridge in the world using the finite element method

Wang, Chang J, Tang, Guo Ning, Roberts, Ibiye A and Mynors, Diane J (2011) Structural analysis of the first iron bridge in the world using the finite element method. Applied Mechanics and Materials, 147. pp. 62-65. ISSN 1662-7482

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Abstract

The Iron Bridge completed in 1779 was the world’s first bridge. It is located at the world heritage site of Ironbridge Gorge in Shropshire, England. In order to predict the stress distribution and deformation in the bridge, the Iron Bridge was modelled and analysed using the finite element method. The maximum tensile stress was predicted to occur in the strut close to the middle of the bridge, which could be the reason why the strut failed. The numerically predicted deformations in the circles and ogees in the Iron Bridge are in agreement with the observed deformations. It is concluded that for the conservation and maintenance of the historic Iron Bridge, modern numerical simulations are invaluable for providing guidance.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Engineering and Design
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Depositing User: Chang Wang
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2013 16:02
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2013 16:02
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/46572
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