Computational Mechanics and Design Group

Department of Civil & Structural Engineering

Practical software for masonry arch bridge analysis


By using code and methods developed by CMD researchers, spin-out company LimitState, have produced the LimitState:RING software which idealizes a masonry arch structure as an assemblage of rigid blocks and uses computational limit analysis methods to analyse the collapse state. The software is now widely used by practitioners, and is free for academic use.

People involved


(2001). RING: A 2D rigid-block analysis program for masonry arch bridges. In ARCH01: 3rd International Arch Bridges Conference.