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Frontiers of Structural and Civil Engineering >> 2009, Volume 3, Issue 1 doi: 10.1007/s11709-009-0004-7

General framework for bridge life cycle design

1. Bridge Technology Research Center, China Communications Construction Company Highway Consultants Co., Ltd., Beijing 100010, China; 2. Department of Bridge Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092, China

Available online: 2009-03-05

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Based on a detailed illustration for bridge life cycle design which comprises the processes of service life design, aesthetics design, performance design, environmental and ecological design, inspection, maintenance and repair design as well as cost analysis, this paper presented a general framework for bridge life cycle design comprising three design phases and six design processes.

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