Course detail

Metal Bridges 1

FAST-BO009Acad. year: 2024/2025

Basic concept and bridge terminology. Standards for structural design and construction of steel bridges.
Load of bridge structures. Basis of design of metal bridges. Bridge superstructure and deck – road and railway bridges.
Steel girder bridges – bridges with web-plate main girders, bridges with truss main girders.
Composite steel-concrete bridges – basic information.
Spatial rigidity and global stability of steel bridges. Bridge equipments and fittings.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits



Institute of Metal and Timber Structures (KDK)

Entry knowledge

Structural mechanics: basic principles of static solution - simple supported and continuous girders, truss structures. Metal structures - design of members and connections of steel structures. Concrete structures - basic principles of design of concrete structures.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

Extent and forms are specified by guarantor’s regulation updated for every academic year.


The objective of the subject is to introduce students to the problems of this course and to practise acquires knowledge and skills.
Student will learn the problems of the course and will get under controll the course aims, within the meaning of obtaining knowledge and skills in the field of design of basic structural systems of metal and steel-concrete bridges, concretized in the course schedule.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

Pechar, J., Bureš, J., Schindler, A. Kovové mosty, SNTL Praha, 1990, 528 s. ISBN 80-03-00523-X.


Schindler, A., Bureš, J., Pechar, J. Navrhování ocelových mostů, SNTL/ALFA Praha, 1980, 488 s.


Kvočák, V., Vičan, J. a kol. Navrhovanie oceľových mostov podľa európskych noriem, TU v Košiciach, 2013, 356 s. ISBN 978-80-553-1614-7.


Recommended reading

Manual of Bridge Engineering, edited by M.J. Ryall, G.A.R. Parke and J.E. Harding, Thomas Telford Ltd., London 2000, 1012 pp. ISBN 0 7277 2774 5.


Pechal, A. Mosty - Bridges, A. Pechal: Brno 2009, 270 s. ISBN 978-80-254-5279-0.


Aktuálně platné normativní dokumenty související s obsahem předmětu.


Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Basic concepts, bridge terminology, main parts of the bridge, standards for the design and realization of steel bridges. Reliability and limit states of steel bridge structures. 2. Load of bridge structures - traffic load of road and railway bridges, climatic loading. Fatigue of steel bridge structures. 3. Superstructure and deck of railway bridges - basic types, rules of structural design and detailing. 4. Superstructure and deck of road bridges - basic types, rules of structural design and detailing. 5. Open decks - static behaviour principles, design rules of deck members. 6. Plate steel decks (orthotropic decks) - static design principles, shear lag of wide chord. 7. Beam bridges with web-plate main girders - static design principles, buckling of slender webs. 8. Composite steel-concrete beam bridges - basic principles of the behaviour, design rules. 9. Beam grids - basic rules of the structural design, static design principles. 10. Beam bridges with truss main girders - structural design rules, static design principles. 11. Bracings of bridge structures - types, function, loading, static design. Bridge accessories and attachment.


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Structural composition of railway bridge with classic bridge deck or rail-bed bridge deck (according to the individual task). 2. Load of railway bridge. 3.-4. Detail static solution of deck members - stringers of classic bridge deck or longitudinal stiffnesses of rail-bed bridge deck: determination of internal forces, static design of cross-sections. 5.-6. Detail static solution of deck members - transverse girders: determination of internal forces, static design of cross-sections. 7. Preliminary static design of main girders: determination of internal forces, static design of cross-section. 8.-9. Static design of bracings. 10.-11. Structural detailing of members and details of bridge deck and main girders: drawing documentation.