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National award for a road student for her innovative proposal on arch bridges (23/11/2018)

National award for a student of the School of Ways and Mines of the UPCT.

Mirian Cánovas González, has been awarded the second prize in the "Most innovative Master's Thesis" category, in the second edition of the National End-of-Master Projects Contest of Road Engineering.

The student has made an innovative proposal on arc bridges, which she develops in her work, entitled "Parametric study of the validity of the Nielsen-type arch bridging in space arch bridges".

The arch bridges are formed by an arch and a board, where vehicles and pedestrians run, which are linked together by cables that are usually vertical.

When these cables are tilted, deformations can be greatly reduced when passing vehicles.

The study analyzes if this same inclination of the cables is beneficial in other types of arch bridges, for example, when the board is curved, as in the Lorca footbridge or when the arch is tilted laterally, as in the Calatrava bridges over the Safe, in Murcia.

There are hardly any theoretical studies on space arch bridges.

This study follows the research line initiated by Jorquera in 2007, led by the prestigious bridge designer Javier Manterola, which is joined by the thesis recently defended by the co-director of the TFM, Garcia Guerrero.

Currently, another doctoral thesis is being carried out in the same research group related to this field.

The Final Master Project of Miran Cánovas, born in the Murcian hamlet of San José de la Montaña 25 years ago, has been co-directed by professors Juan José Jorquera Lucerga and Juan Manuel García Guerrero, from the New Structural Typologies research group (NEST) of the EICM (School of Roads and Mines).

Mirian Cánovas works as an engineer at Construcciones Matálicas Romero Alarcón, located in Los Dolores (Murcia).

Engineering of Roads, Canals and Ports is one of the ten most demanded degrees in Spain, since the sector that offers the most job offers is that of construction and public works.

The award ceremony took place at the National Headquarters of the College of Civil Engineers last Monday in Madrid, in an act that was attended by the Secretary of State for Education.

Source: UPCT

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