Life-Cycle Cost Analysis of Super Long-Span Cable-Stayed Bridges with Steel or CFRP Cables

Yue Liu, Guangli Du

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Concrete and steel are conventional construction materials for bridges. To achieve longer span and longer life expectancy, bridge engineers are urged to seek the novel material and new technology. Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) is a promising composite material attracting increasing attention in civil engineering. CFRP has advantages in high strength, light weight, durability, anti-corrosion performance and low maintenance, which make it suitable for cables in super long cable supported bridges. This paper intends to compare the Life-Cycle Cost (LCC) of a super long-span cable-stayed bridge using CFRP cables with the same bridge using conventional steel cables. The result indicates that, although the super long CFRP cable-stayed bridge shows a higher initial cost, its overall cost from the whole life-cycle perspective is more favourable comparing to the conventional steel ones.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIABSE Symposium Vancouver, 2017 : Engineering the future : report
Number of pages7
Place of PublicationZürich
PublisherInternational Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering
Publication date30 Sep 2017
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-85748-153-6
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sep 2017
Event39th IABSE Symposium – Engineering the Future - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 21 Sep 201723 Sep 2017


Conference39th IABSE Symposium – Engineering the Future


  • life-cycle-cost
  • Cable Stayed Bridges
  • CFRP
  • Steel


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