Bridges built in timber are enjoying a significant revival, both for
pedestrian and light traffic and increasingly for heavier loadings and longer
spans. Timber's high strength-to-weight ratio, combined with the ease and speed
of construction inherent in the off-site prefabrication methods used, make a
timber bridge a suitable option in many different scenarios.
This handbook gives technical guidance on forms, materials, structural design
and construction techniques suitable for both small and large timber bridges.
Eurocode 5 Part 2 (BS EN 1995-2) for the first time provides an international
standard for the construction of timber bridges, removing a potential obstacle
for engineers where timber construction for bridges has not - in recent
centuries at least - been usual.
Clearly illustrated throughout, this guide explains how to make use of this
oldest construction material in a modern context to create sustainable,
aesthetically pleasing, practical and durable bridges. Worldwide examples
include Tourand Creek Bridge, Canada; Toijala, Finland; Punt la Resgia,
Switzerland; Pont de Crest, France; Almorere Pylon Bridge, the Netherlands.
1. Benefits of Timber Bridges
2. The Evolutionary Development of the
3. Durability and Protection by Design
6. Decks and Parapets
7. Structural Design
8. Conservation, Maintenance
9. General Case Studies and Final Recommendations
About the Author
Christopher J. Mettem worked for many years as an engineering
consultant at TRADA and has led many research projects in timber structures,
composites and connections, conservation work and timber bridges. Through
contracts with government agencies he worked in Africa, Central and South
America and in the UK with the Highways Agency. He has served on BS committees
for structural timber and was a member of the timber Eurocodes drafting teams.
He is now the Chairman of the Glued Laminated Timber Association, which he
helped to found. Christopher J. Mettem was one of the three joint authors of
Green Oak in Construction, which was shortlisted for the RIBA Book Awards, and
has also written numerous other TRADA publications.
176 pages. Hardback
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