The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 66 (1988) > Issues > Issue 5 > Application of the Mechanism Analysis to Masonry Arches
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Application of the Mechanism Analysis to Masonry Arches

The mechanism analysis is not new, but it was not of great value until Professor Heyman demonstrated its application. It has now been adopted by the Department of Transport as the primary tool for arch assessment. Unfortunately, the method as used by Heyman can lead to lower assessment loads than does the traditional MEXE method. An unrelated problem is that bridges are often messed using limited data, which leads to some lack of confidence in the results. W.J. Harvey