Basket-handle arches have some unique, beneficial characteristics as well as some serious weaknesses as a result of their unusual shape.
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Basket-handle Arches: The Elliptical and the Pseudo-elliptical Arches
Essentially a cross between Roman and segmental arches, the basket-handle arches form a unique group of intriguing arch designs.
The Challenge of Long-Span Arch Bridges
Do to how weight is loaded onto the arch of a stone arch bridge, long individual spans present an intriguing and difficult challenge.
Building Mortarless Bridges
Building mortarless stonework can be a challenge, but a simple look at how things move and what keeps them in place can bring rewarding results.
DIY Arch Building
Arches are among the most challenging pieces of stonework to build. Fortunately, there are some simple design tricks can simplify their construction.
Two Benefits of Cutwaters
For multiple span bridges, cutwaters on the piers provide some basic benefits which greatly enhances the structure’s resistance to floods.
The Weak Point of an Arch: The Arch Faces
The weakest point of an arch are the faces, for these faces are vulnerable to impacts and improper design can lead to the arch being destroyed.
A Critical Part of Arch Building: The Centering
A stone arch under construction requires temporary support until it is completed. This support, called the centering, must be strong and well planned.
Multi-Span Arch Bridges
Mutli-span stone arch bridges can be modestly challenging to build, but open up several possibilities for increasing waterway, if planned correctly.
The Significance of the Fill Material in Stone Arch Bridges
The fill material within a stone arch bridge not only provides a roadway for vehicles, but also can strengthen the bridge… or cause trouble.