A Review of Bridge Analysis Simplified By Bakht and Jaeger
Bridge Analysis Simplified is a book written by Baidar Bakht and Leslie G. Jaeger, published in 1985 by McGraw-Hill. The book aims to provide a comprehensive and practical guide for bridge engineers who need to perform manual analysis of bridges using simplified methods. The book covers various types of bridges, such as slab, slab-on-girder, steel girder, truss, arch, and cable-stayed bridges, and presents methods for calculating the longitudinal and transverse responses of bridge superstructures under different loading conditions. The book also includes examples of bridge analysis using microcomputers and discusses the advantages and limitations of computerized methods.
The book consists of 12 chapters and an appendix. The first chapter introduces the basic concepts and terminology of bridge analysis, such as load factors, load combinations, influence lines, moment distribution, stiffness matrix, and finite element method. The second chapter deals with the analysis of simple slab bridges using influence lines and moment distribution. The third chapter extends the analysis to continuous slab bridges with variable cross-sections and supports. The fourth chapter covers the analysis of slab-on-girder bridges using equivalent strip method and semi-continuum method. The fifth chapter presents the analysis of steel girder bridges using influence lines and moment distribution for longitudinal responses and grillage analogy for transverse responses. The sixth chapter discusses the analysis of truss bridges using stiffness matrix method and virtual work method. The seventh chapter explains the analysis of arch bridges using elastic theory and plastic theory. The eighth chapter describes the analysis of cable-stayed bridges using stiffness matrix method and geometric nonlinear analysis. The ninth chapter reviews the methods for transverse shear in bridge superstructures, such as shear lag, shear flow, shear center, and torsion. The tenth chapter introduces the methods for analyzing multispan and variable section bridges, such as consistent deformation method, slope deflection method, moment distribution method, stiffness matrix method, and finite element method. The eleventh chapter illustrates the use of microcomputers for bridge analysis using various software packages, such as SAP80, STAAD-III, BRIDGE-3D, BRIDGEMASTER, and BRIDGELAB. The twelfth chapter summarizes the main features and limitations of simplified methods of bridge analysis and compares them with computerized methods. The appendix provides some useful tables and charts for bridge analysis.
The book is written in a clear and concise style, with many figures, tables, examples, and references to illustrate the concepts and methods. The book is suitable for bridge engineers who need to perform manual analysis of bridge structures using simplified methods or who want to understand the principles behind computerized methods. The book is also useful for students who want to learn the fundamentals of bridge analysis. 061ffe29dd