Composite Steel Structures and Composite Bridges from the Practical Point of View

Lecturer (assistant)
Duration2 SWS
TermWintersemester 2022/23
Language of instructionGerman
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Admission information


After participating in the module, students understand the world of work of an engineer working on composite bridge structures. They will learn to overcome issues related to calculation methods, design requirements, and effects of selected assembly and manufacturing processes. Participants will learn the appropriate tricks taught for practice and they can apply them. They are able to apply taught theoretical foundations of the composite bridge building directly on practical projects. They will be able to assess effects of different boundary conditions in construction practice (assembly and production processes) and to develop meaningful engineering solutions for practical projects evolving therefrom.


Analysis and design, structural design of composite bridges from the practical point of view, taking into account the DIN technical reports. Assembly operations and manufacturing processes.


Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering. Visit the mandatory courses prior or simultaneous deepening steel construction is recommended.

Teaching and learning methods

The course is a classic course in form of a PowerPoint presentation, supplemented by blackboard and other notes. Due to the immense scope of today's static calculations for composite bridge structures with computerized methods, only a comprehensive overview of practical examples can be taught essentially insofar possibilities for interactive teaching methods within the available time scale (unfortunately) are very limited.


The exam is provided in the form of an oral exam. In this exam it should be proven that basic contexts and important approaches for static calculations in composite bridges are structurally understood. Furthermore, the crucial implications of the different construction materials, concrete and steel on its material properties and their interaction for a realistic and appropriate calculation and design of composite bridges should be assessed and presented. The resulting problems in composite bridges structures will be answered based on the principles taught in the lecture and practical examples. The main findings of composite bridge building, especially in regard to the mediated practical questions such as modelling, construction stages, appropriate concrete sequences etc. should be reported and questions concerned be answered.

Recommended literature

Supplementary script of Prof. Schütz