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A comparison between the MEXE and Pippard's methods of assessing the load carrying capacity of masonry arch bridges

Wang, J, Haynes, BJ and Melbourne, C 2013, 'A comparison between the MEXE and Pippard's methods of assessing the load carrying capacity of masonry arch bridges' , ARCH '13. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Arch Bridges. Trogir-Split, Croatia. October 4-6, 2013., 1 (1) , pp. 589-596.

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Abstract

The Military Engineering eXperimental Establishment (MEXE) method is a long established system of masonry arch load carrying capacity assessment. It has been subject to review in recent years and some shortcomings have been identified. There is now growing consensus that the current version of MEXE overestimates the load carrying capacity of short span bridges, but for spans over 12m it becomes increasingly conservative. In this paper Pippard’s elastic method and the MEXE method are used to investigate the significance of factors such as fill cover, ring thickness and effective width of arch barrel, and their effect upon the load-carrying capacity predictions in short and long span arches. Conclusions are drawn which establish directions of new research and offer guidance to assessors of short and long span masonry arch bridges.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Masonry arch, assessment, MEXE, long span.
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Salford Innovation Research Centre (SIRC)
Journal or Publication Title: ARCH '13. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Arch Bridges. Trogir-Split, Croatia. October 4-6, 2013.
Publisher: SECON - CSSE, Zagred, Croatia.
Refereed: Yes
Funders: University of Zagreb, Croatia, Fuzhou University, China, University of Venice, Italy
Depositing User: BJ Haynes
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2013 16:10
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 23:54
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URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/29550

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