Course code BME4
Course title Danube Bridges in Budapest
Institution Budapest University of Technology and Economics
Course address Budapest University of Technology and Economics
City Budapest
Minimum year of study 3rd year
Minimum level of English Fair
Minimum level of French None
Key words Bridge, Danube, design, erection, reconstruction, aesthetics
Language English
Professor responsible Prof. László DUNAI
Telephone +36 1 463 1791
Fax +36 1 463 1784
Participating professors

Prof. György FARKAS (BME), Asst. Prof. László HEGEDŰS (BME), Mr. Adrián HORVÁTH (Főmterv), Asst. Prof. Katalin VÉRTES (BME)

Number of places Minimum: 10, Maximum: 32, Reserved for local students: 0
Objectives The students of the BME do not need an introduction to the shape, role or importance of steel bridges: the bridges of Budapest offer a unique opportunity for everyone. Constructing bridges requires a wide range of engineering knowledge from foundations and superstructure to the planning of bridge traffic. In this course the subject of steel and iron bridges is presented, summarizing the problems of design, detailing, construction, maintenance and refurbishment. This requires a detailed treatment of aspects of both traditional and modern bridges, as modern bridges are to be built and traditional bridges are to be repaired or reconstructed.
Programme to be followed

Seven 2-hour lectures:

History of Budapest Danube bridges
Design, construction, maintenance and refurbishment of the bridges of Budapest
Static problems of bridges in Budapest
Bridge aesthetics
Role of bridges in the development of city construction

Three 2-hour exercises
Using a program from the Internet to design a bridge for given conditions

One-day visit to Budapest bridges (8 hours)

General knowledge in Structural Mechanics, use of computer programs. The course is recommended for at least 3rd year BSc, and MSc, PhD students.

You need to bring your own laptop.


Course exam - Answering test questions
- Evaluation of the bridge made by computer program