Course NumberCE-02-403
PDH Hours3
Bridge Design - Concrete Design Theory

Bridge Design – Concrete Design Theory

This course presents the fundamental concepts of concrete design theory applied in bridge design practice in California highway structures. Concrete is the most commonly used material in California highway structures, especially after the wide acceptance of prestressing technology in the 1950s. Nowadays, concrete bridges, prestressed or non-prestressed, account for about 90% of all bridges in the California highway system. This is attributed to several advantages that concrete offers like the ability to be cast in almost any shape, low cost, durability, and other notable features.

This course also includes introducing the general aspects of concrete component design using the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications (AASHTO, 2012) with the California Amendments (Caltrans, 2014a). Crucial design limit states like service, strength, and fatigue for concrete bridge components are also discussed.

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Learning Objectives

This course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Learn about the different structural materials;
  • Learn about the four design limit states for load combinations specified in AASHTO;
  • Learn how to apply flexural, shear, and compression design limits in concrete design;
  • Learn how to apply the two methods of shear design: the Sectional Method, and the Strut and Tie Method.

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We provide technical courses for PDH credits that meet Board requirements for Professional Engineers, Geologists and Land Surveyors. This course is guaranteed to be accepted in AK, AL, AR, GA, IA, IL, ID, IN, KS, KY, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WI, WV, and WY. Before purchasing this course, please confirm that your state Board is listed above.