The piston-stayed bridge: A novel typology for a mobile bridge at Tervate, Belgium

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An innovative design topology has been used to build a mobile piston-stayed bridge at Tervate, Belgium. The design of the bridge considers the static and kinetic factors, without treating them as individual design issues. The design concept relies on a single design element, such as the piston stay for actuation and support of the mobile bridge section. The bridge, which has been designed for vehicular traffic, pedestrians, and cyclists, consists of a 16 meter long central mobile section, adjoined by an 1 m long static section on either side. The deck of the static bridge sections consists of a 0.25 m reinforced concrete slab spanning the two steel girders. A light steel orthotropic deck spans the two steel girders in the mobile section of the bridge. A pair of masts is situated the hinging point of mobile bridge section and each of these masts is connected to the mobile section by a variable-length piston stay.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)302-305
Number of pages4
JournalStructural Engineering International: Journal of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE)
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction


  • Mobile
  • Multi-functional
  • Piston
  • Stay
  • Typology


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