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Holistic Life‐Cycle Analysis of Bridge Solutions

Zinke, Tim ORCID iD icon; Hechler, Oliver; Rademacher, Dennis


Steel in bridge constructions is often associated with very large span bridges due to its favorable relationship between strength and weight. But even for bridges with small and medium spans of up to 60 m, steel combined with concrete as a composite bridge can lead to economically justifiable constructions, especially when the performance during the complete life-cycle is integrated. In this paper, two life-cycle oriented calculation methods (life-cycle costs and external costs) are introduced and applied. As a result, comparisons between two abutment solutions (conventional reinforced concrete abutment and a permanent steel sheet pile abutment) and two superstructure variants (steel composite construction and in-situ prestressed concrete superstructure) are presented. It is shown that accelerated construction processes, durable materials, and a smart bridge-design considering actual technological developments lead to economically advantageous solution for traffic infrastructures.

Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Versuchsanstalt für Stahl, Holz und Steine (VAKA)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsmonat/-jahr 09.2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2509-7075, 2509-7075
KITopen-ID: 1000138883
Erschienen in ce/papers
Verlag Ernst und Sohn
Band 4
Heft 2-4
Seiten 2393–2402
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 01.09.2021
Schlagwörter Life-cycle costs, External costs, Composite bridges, Sheet pile abutment
Nachgewiesen in Dimensions
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