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Miami bridge collapse
« on: March 15, 2018, 05:38:23 PM »

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/west-miami-dade/article205316174.html


This was supposed to be a two span cable stayed bridge. One span was erected and left in place without cable supports or the second, counterbalancing span. Now it collapsed. I'm no structural engineer, but I'm not surprised that the pier collapsed with loading completely different than it was designed for. Any other thoughts?
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Re: Miami bridge collapse
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2018, 11:48:29 PM »

Reminds me of an oft-repeated line from a crotchety old engineering professor where I went to school who refused to ever give partial credit on any homework or exam questions.

"You build bridge, bridge fall down, no partial credit!"
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Re: Miami bridge collapse
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2018, 12:00:03 PM »

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Re: Miami bridge collapse
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2018, 11:12:35 PM »

Some reports stated a "stress" test was being conducted on the structure when it failed.  Perhaps that was post-tensioning?  One has to wonder the wisdom of conducting such as test on the structure over live traffic.   Did work on a project that involved post-tensioning, but it was a segmental design, with all segments in place between piers.   Likely some BSCE's here can more accurately comment, did take determinate and indeterminate structural design, but did not finish the degree, and found indeterminate to be a bear.   
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