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Bridges: The Science and Art of the World's Most Inspiring Structures


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The Brooklyn Bridge, London's Tower Bridge, San Francisco's Golden Gate--bridges can be breathtakingly monumental structures, magnificent works of art, and vital arteries that make life vastly easier. In Bridges, eminent structural engineer David Blockley takes readers on a fascinating guided tour of bridge construction, ranging from the primitive rope bridges (now mainly found in adventure movies), to Roman aqueducts and the timber trestle railway bridges of the American West, to today's modern marvels, such as the Akashi-Kaiky? Bridge, which has the largest span in the world. Blockley outlines the forces at work on a bridge--tension, compression, and shear--and the basic structural elements that combat these forces--beams, arches, trusses, and suspensions (or BATS). As he does so, he explores some of the great bridges around the world, including such lesser-known masterpieces as the Forth Railway Bridge (featured in Alfred Hitchcock's The Thirty-Nine Steps), and describes some spectacular failures, such as the recent bridge collapse in Minnesota or the famous failure of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in 1940.

About the Author

David Blockley is an Emeritus Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bristol and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He was President of the Institution of Structural Engineers 2001-02.

Table of Contents

1. Bridges are BATS: Why we build bridges

2. Underneath the Arches: Bridges need good foundations

3. Bending it: Bridges need strong structures

4. All Trussed up: Interdependence creates emergence

5. Let it all Hang Down: Structuring using tension

6. How Safe is Safe Enough? Incomplete science

7. Bridges built by people for people: Processes for joined-up thinking



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Blockley, David
Oxford University Press, USA
Engineering - Civil
Engineering & Technology | Civil Engineering
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50 b/w illus.
5.1 x 7.7 x 1 in 0.8 lb

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