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When is single plane or multiple plane used in cable-stayed bridges?

For one cable plane to be adopted, the requirement of high torsional stiffness of bridge deck is necessary to enhance proper transverse load distribution. Moreover, owing to the higher stiffness of bridge deck to cater for torsional moment, it possesses higher capacity for load spreading. As a result, this avoids significant stress variations in the stay and contributes to low fatigue loading of cables. On the other hand, the use of one cable plane enhances no obstruction of view from either sides of the bridges.

For very wide bridge, three cable planes are normally adopted so as to reduce the transverse bending moment.

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This question is taken from book named – A Self Learning Manual – Mastering Different Fields of Civil Engineering Works (VC-Q-A-Method) by Vincent T. H. CHU.

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