n IMIESA - Bridges : structural loads : roads and bridges

Volume 34, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 0257-1978



Structural loads are differing forces applied to a component of a structure or to the structure as a unit. In structural design, assumed loads are specified in national and local design codes for types of structures, geographic locations, and usage. In addition to the load magnitude, its frequency of occurrence, distribution, and nature (static or dynamic) are important factors in design. Loads cause stresses, deformations and displacements in structures.

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