China’s high-speed railway (HSR) construction industry has been experiencing a golden period of opportunities in the recent decades. Due to the necessity of protecting arable lands and the advantage of rapid construction, bridges (elevated structures) are predominantly used in China’s HSRs, which must meet the critical small settlement requirement. This article first reviews the main technical standards of small- to medium-span HSR bridges, where their comparison with the Japanese standard and International Union of Railway standards is highlighted. Then, the long-span HSR steel bridges are described and discussed case by case. Based on the engineering practice of HSRs, the main achievements and key technologies of HSR bridges in China are provided, followed by the opportunities and challenges of the current and future developments of HSR bridges.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Civil and Structural Engineering
- Building and Construction
- Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
- Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
- Ocean Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering