The Challenge of Wave Scouring Design for the Confederation Bridge
Over the years, many bridges have been damaged due to excessive wave scouring. It generally occurs when water passes through obstructions that are part of the structure. In terms of bridges, these can include pile caps, columns, piles, slabs, or any other components of the bridge structure that would lead to scour. This phenomenon has substantial effects and in major cases can lead to a collapse of the structure. Due to the complex environmental conditions in the Atlantic Ocean, the design for wave scouring became a major challenge in this project.
This paper will highlight the project description, different techniques to prevent wave scouring, the challenges presented, and the unique design solution of scour protection and monitoring system used for the Confederation Bridge.
C.D. Anglin, “Bridge Pier Scour Assessment for the Confederation Bridge”,1997
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