On the basis of the knowledge gained in the civil engineering basic courses students are introduced to the bridge engineering, first by its historical and aesthetical aspects, later the fundamentals of bridge engineering are taught showing the way of leading linear structures over obstacles. It is discussed how their rules and conditions determine the shaping and the structures of the bridge and its structural parts.
The main types of superstructures and bridges are presented, considering their structural system, construction method and expected lifetime. The basics of the analyses and life cycle together with the maintenance of bridges are also dealt with.
The aim of this module is to introduce students to the design and construction of bridges and to give such a general knowledge, which is complete on its basic level and can help professionals going on to other fields while can also be a base for other ones intending to study more bridge engineering a more specific way.