A bridge is nowadays more than a structure that connects people over an obstacle. When a bridge has to be built in an urban area, either it has to be a landmark or it should blend away in the environment. The use of curved steel panels is one option to obtain these requirements. However, due to a lack of knowledge, engineers end up with a conservative design to implement these structural elements. For that reason, a Finite Element Model is made of a railway bridge, where the outer webs of the main girders have a varying web curvature. Six different models are made and compared. The most important parameters that are compared are the deformations and the stresses in the webs. The study finds that curved webs have an equal or even better behavior than flat webs, even with smaller web thickness. This makes that designers can use curved webs in their design, without needing extra steel to make their design safe.
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