Module code: ENGM052

Module Overview

This module is primarily concerned with the design of cable-stayed and suspension bridges.  Much emphasis is placed on understanding the fundamentals of bridge design with special emphasis on overall stability both during construction and also in the completed form. 

Module provider

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Module Leader

PARKE GA Prof (Civl Env Eng)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: H200

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Knowledge of Structural Analysis & Design to FHEQ Level 6.

Module content

The course will include detailed modelling and analysis of both cable-stayed and suspension bridges, concentrating on the design of the main structural elements, ie. cables, towers, hangers, deck and foundations.
The construction processes will be illustrated and explained mainly by slides and videos.
The aerodynamic considerations of both bridge types will be explained.
Design of longitudinally and transversely stiffened webs and flanges for box girders; design of plate elements, longitudinal stiffeners and cross frames.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK 25
Examination EXAM 2 HOURS 75

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of long span bridge analysis, design and construction. (LO’s 1, 2, 3, 4,) through a two hour unseen examination. Learning outcomes 1 and 5 are also assessed in the coursework.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Unseen written examination (2 hours, 75%).
A coursework report on the preliminary design of a long span steel bridge (38 hours, 25%).

– Two assignments:

  A comparison of the performance of a cable-stayed and suspension.   (7.5 hours, 5%)       

             The preliminary design of a long span foot bridge.    (30 hours, 20%)                                 

Formative assessment and feedback

Formative assessment will be through a range of self-assessment exercises provided in class and through SurreyLearn.  Feedback will be given in tutorial sessions.

Module aims

  • An understanding of the behaviour of cable-stayed and suspension bridges set in a historical context.
  • An awareness of the methods of construction and equipment used via case studies.
  • An understanding of the analysis methods including 2nd order and non-linear effects.
  • Skills in how to design the decks (concrete and steel), cables, towers (pylons) of long span bridges.
  • An understanding of the complex aerodynamics associated with both types of bridges

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Compare the behaviour and initial design of both cable-stayed and suspension bridges KPT
002 Derive the necessary equations to describe the behaviour of cable stays and suspension cables . KCP
003 Illustrate the behaviour of the complex aerodynamic behaviour of bridge decks . KCPT
004 Design stiffened steel plated bridge decks including longitudinal stiffeners and cross frames KCPT
005 Appraise the processes involved in the safe construction of cable-stayed and suspension bridges KPT
006 Technical report writing T
007 Oral & written communication T
008 . Graphical presentation of data T
009 Sketching T
010 3D spatial awareness T
011 Critical thinking T
012 Observation T

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 120

Lecture Hours: 25

Tutorial Hours: 5

Methods of Teaching / Learning

25 hours of lectures/independent study, 5 hours of tutorial/question classes/self-assessment questions, 38 hours of assignment work, 2 hours of examination and 80 hours of independent learning.

Total student learning time 150 hours.


Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for LONG-SPAN BRIDGES : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/engm052

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Civil Engineering MEng 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.