Sunday, July 11, 2010

Cable-Stayed Bridges - Stonecutters Bridge (6)

A good view of Stonecutters Bridge across Rambler Channel at the entrance to Kwai Chung Container Port.

The cables are in a semi-fan arrangement but look almost vertical in the photo. The 174 ft wide superstructure was designed to reduce air-resistance with two orthotropic steel boxes that are 240 ft above the channel. My feeling is the bridge was most vulnerable to wind loads while it was being constructed (the superstructure of the Cooper River Bridge was anchored during construction). Wind loads control the design and so testing was a major component for this project. Fortunately, there are no sources of large earthquakes in the region.

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