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Publication numberUS3564567 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 16, 1971
Filing dateJan 15, 1968
Priority dateJan 19, 1967
Publication numberUS 3564567 A, US 3564567A, US-A-3564567, US3564567 A, US3564567A
InventorsMladyenovitch Viliman
Original AssigneeCoyne & Bellier Bureau D Ingen
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Building method for multispans structures
US 3564567 A
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BUILDING METHOD FOR MULTISPANS STRUCTURES Filed Jan 15, 1968 3 Sheets-Sheet 1 I G 42 v if F L v v H 547- I 2 I F m m 5 F a a 2 *4 b 4 53 Z/J VA l 4 M4 5 v A I /F\ I Q 2 "B Feb. 16, 1971 v. MLADYENOVITCH I 3,564,567

BUILDING METHOD FOR MULTISPANS STRUCTURES Filed Jan. 15, 1968 I 3 Sheets-Sheet 2 Feb. 16, 1971 v. MLADYENOVITCH 3,564,557

BUILDING METHOD FOR MULTISPANS STRUCTURES Filed Jan. 15, 1968 ,3 Sheets-Sheet 5 United States Patent 3,564,567 BUILDING METHOD'FOR MULTISPANS STRUCTURES Viliman Mladyenovitch, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, assignor of one-half to Coyne & Bellier, Bureau dIngenieurs Conseils, Paris, France, a company of France Filed Jan. 15, 1968, Ser. No. 690,775 Claims priority, application France, Jan. 19, 1967,

Int. (:1. iszs 19/00 US. Cl. 29-429 4 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE In order to reduce or dispense with scaffolding used in the construction of bridges, it has already been suggested that they be constructed to jut out cantilever-fashion, the two overhanging portions of bridge, built towards each other, then being joined at the middle of each span of the structure.

Not only are metal bridges made in this way, but also bridges of reinforced concrete and pre-stressed concrete, constructed by a succession of arch-blocks, whether these be prefabricated and then placed in position one after another and held in overhung state by pre-stressing, or are cast in situ, one by one, using scaffolding which is itself overhung from the part of the bridge already constructed.

Building bridges by this cantilever method, however, has drawbacks and difliculties, particularly when the successive spans of a structure are not of equal length.

The principal drawback, in the case of a bridge which is designed to have continuous beams when completed, is that during the carrying out of the construction, the negative bending moments on the supports are quite considerably greater than the bending moments which arise when the continuous beams are in use. Particularly in the case of a concrete structure, this necessitates giving the beams an excessive depth at the supports. On the other hand, decreasing the bending moment due to the overhang by reducing the depth of the beams at the centre of the spans may result in reducing the depth of the beams below that which may be considered necessary on aesthetic grounds.

Furthermore, this beam outline might have the disadvantage of super-elevating the carriageway of the structure which, in the case of an urban bridge, may not be acceptable.

The method of construction according to the invention overcomes these disadvantages.

According to the invention, after construction of beam sections of the structure by the balanced cantilever system, these sections are allowed to rest, through the intermediary of bearing members which provide an adjustable upwardly directed force, on temporary supports placed between permanent supports of the structure.

It is sufiicient to place such temporary supports in a number at least equal to the number of spans minus one, that is to say in a number equal to the degree of hyperstatism of the beam for vertical loads.

Thus, until continuity is completed, the construction 3,564,567 Patented Feb. 16, 1971 ice remains at least partially isostatic and it is possible to apply to it temporary stresses to achieve the desired distribution of bending moments at the permanent intermediate supports.

The bearing members on the temporary supports are devices capable of developing measurable and adjustable forces in order to compensate for settlement of the sup ports. They may advantageously consist of conventional hydraulic jacks.

For each span of the structure there may be used two temporary supports, each accommodating one of the sections of the structure being built towards each other, cantilever-fashion.

Alternatively, a single temporary support may be employed, which may comprise, if necessary, an upper portion extending symmetrically, cantilever-fashion, towards the two sections of the structure.

Preferably, the temporary supports should be so positioned that, at maximum overhang, the bending moment at the permanent support is just equal to the maximum moment to which the structure is likely to be subjected at this support. This moment may be the maximum moment arising under conditions of use, or the moment which is acceptable in the provisional state. Thus, the stage of construction at which this maximum bending moment arises is also a partial test of the finished structure.

The temporary supports are advantageously timber-Work piles or piers. By virtue of the bearing members, it is possible to maintain the constancy of the auxiliary upwardly directed force applied, even in cases of shrinkage and creepage of the concrete and of settlement of the temporary supports.

Moreover, by regulating the upwardly directed force provided by the temporary supports, the bending moment at each of the intermediate permanent supports may be adjusted to the final value which has been chosen by regulating the level of the supports. In certain cases, the upwardly directed force may be more or less oblique in order to allow this result to be achieved more readily.

The invention will now be described in greater detail, by way of example, with referenceto the accompanying drawings, in which FIG. 1 is a theoretical diagram of the construction of a beam by the cantilever method, the beam being bedded in at both ends,

FIG. 2 is a similar diagram illustrating the advantage of introducing temporary supports into such a construction,

FIG. 3 is a bending moment diagram of a completed beam constructed with the use of temporary supports,

FIG. 4 is a schematic side view of a bridge comprising continuous beams of varying depth,

FIG. 5 is a diagram illustrating the construction of the bridge of FIG. 4 by the method according to the invention,

FIG. 6 is a bending moment diagram showing the bending moments observed during different stages in the construction of the bridge of FIG. 4 and after completion thereof,

.FIGS. 7 and 8 illustrate two other methods of constructing the same bridge, and

FIG. 9 is a diagrammatic view of one embodiment of a temporary support.

FIG. 1 illustrates the erection of a connecting beam between two supports A and A The beam is assumed to be constructed on the free cantilever principle, starting from each of the two supports into which it is bedded.

The two sections B B of the beam, which are constructed towards each other, are assumed to be carrying a certain uniform loading 17 per running metre, which develops negative bending moments denoted by M and M the maximum value of which is pl /8, where l is the length of the span in metres. If the two beam sections B and B are joined at the centre C of the span, the distribution of the bending moments obviously remains the same and this distribution is manifestly unfavourable to use of a beam formed by joining the two sections B and B2.

FIG. 2 shows the effect of arranging temporary supports between the supports A and A each temporary support being positioned so that it applies upwardly directed thrusts F and F to the beam sections B and B For example, if it is assumed that there is a temporary support midway along each of the overhanging sections B B and that the values of the thrusts F and F are equal to pl/ 2, that is to say to the weight of each of the sections B and B the graph of the negative bending moment developed in each of the sections of the beam is represented by the lines m,,. If on, the other hand, the thrusts F and F are less than pl/2, a certain residual bending moment remains at the supports A and A the bending moments then being as shown by the lines m If the beam sections B and B are connected in this condition and then the forces F and F removed, a beam B (see FIG. 3) is obtained in which the distribution of the bending moment is represented, depending on the value of the forces F and F either by the graph M or by the graph M In other words, over a part of the length of the beam, the permanent bending moment has become positive and it remains negative only near the supports A and A This distribution of the bending moment is obviously far more favourable than that illustrated by FIG. 1 and, in particular in cases where the forces F and F are applied in the region of C, it allows the beam B to be constructed with a constant or negligibly-varying height along its entire length whereas, in the case shown in FIG. 1, the sections B and B have to be very generously dimensioned at the permanent supports in order to withstand the maximum negative bending moment.

FIGS. 4 to 8 illustrate application of the invention to the construction of a bridge which, as shown in FIG. 4, has two spans P and P of substantially different lengths crossing a river and embankment spans P and P which are freely supported on abutments or end supports D and D The bridge thus comprises three piers or intermediate supports G G and G Referring now to FIG. 5, in order to build this bridge by a known method, starting from each of the piers G G G beam sections H 1-1 are built from opposite sides of the pier G beam sections H H; are built from the pier G and beam sections H H are built from the pier G these pairs of beam sections being constructed symmetrically in order to be balanced at all times with respect to their associated pier.

In this way, negative bending moments are developed in the beam sections at right-angles to the pier, the negative bending moment graphs for the overhanging sections on each pier being shown in FIG. 6 by the lines MG MG MGg.

FIG. 5 also shows, how in accordance with the invention, the free ends of the overhanging sections are supported by temporary supports S S The length of the overhanging sections is chosen so that predetermined bending moments are not exceeded at the piers. The presence of the temporary supports S S makes it possible on the one hand to build the sections K K K and then to adjust the bending moments at the permanent piers to a desired value. In this way, when the temporary supports have been removed and the bridge is in use and fully loaded, the stresses will remain within the calculated limits.

According to a particular feature of the invention, it is advantageous for the length of cantilever-constructed beam, as far as posible, to be such that, on each side of a pier and adjacent thereto, negative bending moments arise in the beam which are equal either to the maximum bending moments envisaged under conditions of use or,

if applicable, to the maximum provisionally tolerable bending moments. In this way the beam is tested even before it is completed. Thanks to the use of the supports S S the bending moments in the beam, just prior to establishment of continuity, may be represented by the dotted line MP (FIG. 6) which has downwardly directed cusps at each of the supports, the magnitude of the corresponding moment being adjusted by regulating the thrust provided by the temporary supports.

Finally, after continuity has been established, the intermediate supports S 5;, are dismantled and the graph of the bending moment is represented by the line MD, the shape of which is then conventional for a continuous and homogeneous beam lying on a plurality of supports. The supplementary bending moments created by the complement of dead weight and the overloads of the structure are calculated according to the formulae for continuous beams and are added to the bending moment represented by the line MD.

In the case shown in FIG. 7, it has been assumed that only the construction of the spans P and R, by cantilever methods requires the employment of temporary supports S and S in order to balance the bending moments on the piers G and 6;, during construction of the portions K and K The support S serves to regulate the force F during the establishment of continuity of the span P and also serves as a support while continuity is being established in the portion D' S of the bridge. First of all, continuity is achieved in the span P then the forces F and F are applied; the parts K and K of the bridge are then built and continuity established between the portions H and H of the span P finally, force F is applied.

In the case of FIG. 8, it has been assumed that the cantilever construction requires temporary supports at the spans P P and P The first stage is to achieve continuity of the span P the forces F and F are then applied; the ends K K and K are built and continuity established in the span P after which the force F is applied, which reduces the bending moment at the pier G and finally the bearing pressure on the abutment D is adjusted.

Of course, in the case of a pre-stressed concrete structure, in order not to exceed the admissible stress limits, it is essential to proceed in a parallel manner with tensioning of the cables and increasing the forces F F and F Then during tensioning of the cables, which are anchored to the abutments D and D at the ends of the beam, the forces F and F will be progressively reduced.

FIG. 9 shows one possible construction of the temporary supports S. Referring to this figure, the support S shown is a timber-work structure carrying at the top distibuting bearers 1 on which rest jacks 2, for example hydraulic jacks. By means of appropriate wedges 3, these jacks support the beam section H; advantageously, a stack 4 of flexible sheets and rigid intermediate sheets is placed between the jack and the beam in order to allow almost free horizontal movement to the section H. By adjusting the pressure inside the jack 2 by means of an adjusting lever 5, it is possible to regulate the reaction force, that is to say the upwardly directed force F which the intermediate support applies to the structure, and it is thus possible to compensate for any subsidence of the support at any time and the stresses brought about by shrinkage and creepage of the concrete.

To regulate the level of support on a pier or an abutment, the structure may be supported on either side of this pier or in the vicinity of this abutment by supports carried if necessary by a temporary structure.

Of course, the method according to the invention may be applied to structures other than bridges, for example buildings, reservoirs, halls, warehouses, theatres etc.

What is claimed is:

1. A method of building a structure comprising a continuous beam lying on two end supports and at least two intermediate supports, which comprises symmetrically building first beam sections in cantilever fashion on each side of each intermediate support, adjusting the negative bending moment on each intermediate support to a value approximating that calculated assuming the beam is built up as a whole and lays on perfectly levelled supports by erecting temporary supports contacting each first beam section adjacent its free end to apply a substantially upwardly directed force of predetermined value to said beam section, building a connecting beam section interconnecting adjacent facing free ends of said first beam sections to obtain a continuous span over the intermediate supports, and thereafter building end beam sections between said end supports and the ends of the first beam sections adjacent the end supports, whereby a continuous beam is formed.

2. A method according to claim 1, in which the number of the temporary supports is equal to the number of spans minus one.

3-. A method according to claim 1, further comprising regulating the level of the intermediate and end supports.

4. A method according to claim 1, wherein said continuous beam is made of prestressed concrete.

References Cited OTHER REFERENCES Engineering News-Record, Aug. 25, 1938 (p. 237 relied on).

CHARLIE T. MOON, Primary Examiner US. Cl. X.R. 14r-1, 7; s2 741

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U.S. Classification14/74.5, 14/77.1, 52/741.1, 14/7
International ClassificationE01D21/10, E01D21/00
Cooperative ClassificationE01D2101/26, E01D21/10, E01D21/105
European ClassificationE01D21/10, E01D21/10B