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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2013, Article ID 734387, 5 pages
Research Article

Geometric Nonlinear Analysis of Self-Anchored Cable-Stayed Suspension Bridges

1Bridge Engineering Research Institute, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116085, China
2Research Center for Numerical Tests on Material Failure, Dalian University, Dalian 116622, China

Received 5 August 2013; Accepted 9 September 2013

Academic Editors: J. Mander, L. Qu, and İ. B. Topçu

Copyright © 2013 Wang Hui-Li et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Geometric nonlinearity of self-anchored cable-stayed suspension bridges is studied in this paper. The repercussion of shrinkage and creep of concrete, rise-to-span ratio, and girder camber on the system is discussed. A self-anchored cable-stayed suspension bridge with a main span of 800 m is analyzed with linear theory, second-order theory, and nonlinear theory, respectively. In the condition of various rise-to-span ratios and girder cambers, the moments and displacements of both the girder and the pylon under live load are acquired. Based on the results it is derived that the second-order theory can be adopted to analyze a self-anchored cable-stayed suspension bridge with a main span of 800 m, and the error is less than 6%. The shrinkage and creep of concrete impose a conspicuous impact on the structure. And it outmatches suspension bridges for system stiffness. As the rise-to-span ratio increases, the axial forces of the main cable and the girder decline. The system stiffness rises with the girder camber being employed.