# The Development of a Design for a Precast Concrete Bridge Beam of U-Section

*The development is described of a design for a range of precast concrete bridge beams of U-section which strive for economy of construction and structural efficiency. Methods of analysis for the effect of concentrated loads have been investigated including finite element techniques from which simple methods for design office use have been derived. Standard construction details are proposed in the paper and there are examples given of how U-beams may be used in superstructures. Tendered costs are also given for two projects already under construction.
E.C. Chaplin, R.J. Garrett, J.A. Gordon and D.J. Sharpe*

Author(s): Chaplin, E C;Garrett, R J;Gordon, J A;Sharpe, D J

Keywords: ubeams;prestressed concrete;precast;bridges;beams;analysis;design