Luiz Bandeira Bridge

Assessment of a Historical Reinforced Concrete (RC) Bridge

J. Sena-Cruz (Corresponding Author), Miguel Ferreira, L.F. Ramos, F. Fernandes, T. Miranda, F. Castro

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Abstract

The Luiz Bandeira Bridge is located along the Portuguese national road EN333-3, breaching the valley of the Vouga River, just northeast of the small village Sejães, in the district of Oliveira de Frades. It is considered to be the oldest concrete bridge in use in Portugal, and one of the oldest in Europe. Since this bridge is at risk of disappearing due to a construction of a dam, the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Minho decided to launch a comprehensive study of Luiz Bandeira Bridge, in an attempt to preserve the memory of the past cataloguing the heritage for future reference. These studies include historical, geometric, and damage surveys; the physical and chemical characterization of existing structural materials; the assessment of the reinforcement detailing; and dynamic characterization by determining the main frequencies and vibration modes and safety level. This work presents a comprehensive overview of the most important results of these studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)628-652
Number of pages25
JournalInternational Journal of Architectural Heritage
Volume7
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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Keywords

  • reinforced concrete (RC) bridge
  • assessment
  • material characterization
  • mechanical characterization
  • inspection
  • dynamic analysis
  • safety analysis

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Sena-Cruz, J. ; Ferreira, Miguel ; Ramos, L.F. ; Fernandes, F. ; Miranda, T. ; Castro, F. / Luiz Bandeira Bridge : Assessment of a Historical Reinforced Concrete (RC) Bridge. In: International Journal of Architectural Heritage. 2013 ; Vol. 7, No. 6. pp. 628-652.
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Luiz Bandeira Bridge : Assessment of a Historical Reinforced Concrete (RC) Bridge. / Sena-Cruz, J. (Corresponding Author); Ferreira, Miguel; Ramos, L.F.; Fernandes, F.; Miranda, T.; Castro, F.

In: International Journal of Architectural Heritage, Vol. 7, No. 6, 2013, p. 628-652.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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