General Information

Figure 1 shows a hybrid cable-stayed suspension bridge that is used by motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians.

Hybrid cable-stayed suspension bridge.
Hybrid cable-stayed suspension bridge over a river
Type Three-span hybrid cable-stayed suspension bridge
Main span ≅ 100 m
Deck width ≅ 2 m
Girder Steel underslung truss/through-truss
Pylon Reinforced concrete (A-longitudinal shaped)
Stay cable arrangement Radial (two cable planes)

Structural Concept

Figure 2 shows a schematic lateral view of the bridge.

Lateral view.
Schematic drawing of a hybrid cable-stayed suspension bridge

The underslung trusses are connected to hanger cables; the through-truss, to hanger and stay cables. The transition regions between underslung truss to through-truss are shown in figure 3.

Unerslung truss to through-truss transition.
Shore 1 Shore 2
Underslung to through truss transitions

The through-truss has end posts only on shore 1, where the underslung and through-truss overlap. Bent caps and trusses are at different elevations (h3>h2>h1). Figure 4 shows half main span viewed from shore 2.

Half main span.
Half main span of a hybrid cable-stayed suspension bridge
  • How efficient is the structural concept?
    Does the bridge have a structural safety or serviceability problem without the stay cables?
  • Main and Stay Cables

    Figure 5 shows the main and stay cables in the anchorage region.

    Main and stay cables.
    Main and stay cables covered by vegetation

    The cables are covered by vegetation.

  • Does the vegatation affect the durability of the main and stay cables?
  • Figure 6 shows a cable set.

    Cable set.
    Main and stay cables of a hybrid cable-stayed suspension bridge

    There are four cable types: type 1 is used for main cables, types 2, 3, and 4 are used for stay cables. Figure 7 shows the four cable types.

    Cable types.
    Main and stay cable types of a hybrid cable-stayed suspension bridge
  • What are some possible reasons for using four different cable types?