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Hollow Spandrels in Arch Bridges: a Historical Study

In the history of masonry bridges pride of place is usually given to the arches, with much discussion of their structural behaviour, but in fact the designers' greatest problems were always in the foundations and they also gave serious attention to the spandrels and the road. This paper is devoted to two methods of hollowing the spandrels which were introduced into British bridge building during the eighteenth century, both of which solved some problems of foundation and arch design as well as improving the spandrels. E.C. Ruddock

Author(s): Ruddock, E C

Keywords: arch bridges;hollow;spandrels;18th century;history;holes;design;case studies