Design and Construction of Simple Beam Bridges for High-Speed Rails in China: Standardization and Industrialization

Gonglian Dai, Miao Su, Y. Frank Chen

Abstract


High-speed rail provides a safe, efficient, and economic transportation system for regions with high population density such as eastern China. To accommodate the rapid development of high-speed rails in China, the bridges with standard spans have been identified as the main infrastructure type. This article provides a state-of-the-art review on the design and construction of the standard simply-supported beam (simple beam) bridges for high-speed rails in China. The structural components discussed include the main girder, deck, and substructure. The live load models, deformation limiting values, and construction methods for the bridges are also discussed. Additionally, the experimental tests were conducted to verify the static and dynamic performances of the structure. The main objective of this paper is to provide the latest design and construction experience of Chinese standard simple beam bridges in high-speed rail and show how a quick and quality engineering has been achieved by utilizing these standardized bridges.


Keywords:

construction; design; high-speed rail; simple beam bridge (SBB); standardization.

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DOI: 10.3846/bjrbe.2016.32

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