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Proposal of Sustainability Indicators for the Design of Small-Span Bridges

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Department of Civil Engineering, Federal Technological University of Paraná, Via do Conhecimento, Km 1, Pato Branco, Paraná 80000, Brazil
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Institute of Concrete Science and Technology (ICITECH), Universitat Politècnica de València, 46022 Valencia, Spain
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Civil and Environmental Engineering Graduate Program, University of Passo Fundo, BR 285, São José, Passo Fundo, Rio Grande do Sul 90000, Brazil
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(12), 4488; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17124488
Received: 6 May 2020 / Revised: 15 June 2020 / Accepted: 17 June 2020 / Published: 22 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Trends in Sustainable Buildings and Infrastructure)
The application of techniques to analyze sustainability in the life cycle of small-span bridge superstructures is presented in this work. The objective was to obtain environmental and economic indicators for integration into the decision-making process to minimize the environmental impact, reduce resource consumption and minimize life cycle costs. Twenty-seven configurations of small-span bridges (6 to 20 m) of the following types were analyzed: steel–concrete composite bridges, cast in situ reinforced concrete bridges, precast bridges and prestressed concrete bridges, comprising a total of 405 structures. Environmental impacts and costs were quantified via life cycle environmental assessment and life cycle cost analysis following the boundaries of systems from the extraction of materials to the end of bridge life (“from cradle to grave”). In general, the results indicated that the environmental performance of the bridges was significantly linked to the material selection and bridge configuration. In addition, the study enabled the identification of the products and processes with the greatest impact in order to subsidize the design of more sustainable structures and government policies. View Full-Text
Keywords: bridges; sustainability; design; life cycle assessment bridges; sustainability; design; life cycle assessment
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Milani, C.J.; Yepes, V.; Kripka, M. Proposal of Sustainability Indicators for the Design of Small-Span Bridges. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 4488. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17124488

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Milani CJ, Yepes V, Kripka M. Proposal of Sustainability Indicators for the Design of Small-Span Bridges. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(12):4488. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17124488

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Milani, Cleovir J., Víctor Yepes, and Moacir Kripka. 2020. "Proposal of Sustainability Indicators for the Design of Small-Span Bridges" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 12: 4488. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17124488

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