Application of a Software Programme Language Called Python in Determining the Loads and Load Distribution in the Decks of a Long Span Reinforced Bridge Deck
In this paper, the authors are to create software that can analyze, design and determine the cost of a beam/ deck for a simple supported bridge, the name of the software is Ivy. The method employed for the analysis is a grillage method, using finite element (beam element) and comparing the results with a manual approach (moment distribution and influence line). A 15m span was considered with a width of 7.5m, using a grillage distance of 1.5m, a knife edge load of 120KN and a uniformly distributed load of 30KN/m. The BS5400 and BS 8110 were used for the analysis and design.