Research Programme

This EPSRC funded project has a number of work packages, successful completion of which will ensure that the overall project aims will be met. The work packages are focussed around three main activities:

  1. Physical modelling of backfilled masonry arch bridges
    • large (full-scale) tests at Salford; and
    • medium scale (1/4 scale) tests at Sheffield
  2. Numerical modelling of backfilled masonry arch bridges
    • non-linear quasi-static analysis models using direct solvers;
    • development of system identification procedures, to validate and improve the quasi-static models; and
    • dynamic analysis models capable of simulating cyclic response, including degradation
  3. Development of assessment guidance for masonry arch structures