Different types of loads for designing bridge structures

While designing bridge structure, different types of loads are taken into consideration. The protection of the bridge construction throughout its use under all situations is mainly dependent on those loads and their combinations.

The role of design loads is very important for creating exact design of bridge. Given below, various types of design loads operating on bridges :-

1. Dead load
2. Live load
3. Impact load
4. Wind load
5. Longitudinal forces
6. Centrifugal forces
7. Buoyancy effect
8. Effect of water current
9. Thermal effects
10. Deformation and horizontal effects
11. Erection stresses
12. Seismic loads

1. Dead Load: The dead load stands for a self-weight of the bridge components. The various components of bridge range from deck slab, wearing coat, railings, parapet, stiffeners and other utilities. While creating the design of bridge, it is considered as the first computable design load.

2. Live Load: The live load on the bridge belongs to the moving load on the bridge all through its length. The examples of moving loads are vehicles, Pedestrians etc. But, it is complicated to choose one vehicle or a group of vehicles to design a safe bridge.

IRC suggested some fictional vehicles as live loads which will provide secure results in anticipation of any type of vehicle moving on the bridge. The vehicle loadings are classified as follow :-

• IRC class AA loading
• IRC class A loading
• IRC class B loading

IRC Class AA Loading: This type of loading is applicable to create the design of new bridge particularly heavy loading bridges ranging from bridges on highways, in cities, industrial areas etc. In class AA loading normally the following types of vehicles are taken into consideration :-

• Tracked type
• Wheeled type

IRC Class A Loading: This type of loading is applicable for creating the design of all permanent bridges. It is treated as standard live load of bridge. While designing a bridge with class AA type loading, then it should be examined for class A loading also.

IRC Class B Loading: This type of loading is applicable for making design of temporary bridges like Timber Bridge etc. It is treated as light loading.

3. Impact Loads: The Impact load on bridge occurs because of sudden loads which are produced when the vehicle is moving on the bridge. When the wheel is in motion, the live load will alter occasionally from one wheel to another that produces the impact load on bridge.

The impact loads on bridges are assessed with an impact factor. Impact factor stands for a multiplying factor that is based on several factors like weight of vehicle, span of bridge, velocity of vehicle etc.

To get more details about other types of loads, go through the following link theconstructor.org

Different types of loads for designing bridge structures