By Dennis E. Briggs, Chris A. Boulton, Peter A. Brookes, Roger Stevens
A world group of specialists has joined forces to supply the Bridge Engineering guide. They tackle all facets-the making plans, layout, inspection, development, and upkeep of various bridge structures-creating a must have source for each bridge engineer. This certain, entire reference presents the potential to check usual practices and hold abreast of recent advancements and state of the art practices. Comprising sixty seven chapters in seven sections, the authors present:Fundamentals: presents the elemental strategies and idea of bridge engineeringSuperstructure layout: Discusses all kinds of bridgesSubstructure layout: Addresses columns, piers, abutments, and foundationsSeismic layout: offers the newest in seismic bridge designConstruction and upkeep: makes a speciality of the sensible problems with bridge structuresSpecial subject matters: bargains new and significant details and particular solutionsWorldwide perform: Summarizes bridge engineering practices round the world.Discover almost all you want to learn about any kind of bridge:Reinforced, Segmental, and Prestressed ConcreteSteel beam and plate girderSteel field girderOrthotropic deckHorizontally curvedTrussArchSuspensionCable-stayedTimberMovableFloatingRailroadSpecial cognizance is given to rehabilitation, retrofit, and upkeep, and the Bridge Engineering instruction manual bargains over 1,600 tables, charts, and illustrations in ready-to-use structure. An abundance of worked-out examples supply readers step by step layout strategies and the part on around the world perform offers a wide and priceless standpoint at the "big photograph" of bridge engineering.
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Because of the growing demand for reinforced-concrete and suspension bridges, the designer had large choice of materials and means to develop new bridge systems and the idea of cable-stayed bridges followed. The new century created strong demand for an analytical approach and necessitated a growing need for preliminary design with more schemes. ” Therefore, the design of each bridge is a process of finding a solution to a new problem. If there is no solution available, it must be sought. Considering the role of personal creation, this second trend may provide original new projects.
The first question designers have to answer is what kind of structural marvel bridge design are they going to create? The importance of conceptual analysis in bridge-designing problems cannot be emphasized strongly enough. The designer must first visualize and imagine the bridge in order to determine its fundamental function and performance. Without question, the factors of safety and economy shape the bridge designer’s thought in a very significant way. The values of technical and economic analysis are indisputable, but they do not cover the whole design process.
Adherents of the rational, analytical direction preferred to hold on to some classical models, considering that the search for new shapes should be related only to scientific research work of creative direction, however, tending © 2000 by CRC Press LLC toward the new and original by ignoring any old pattern. A realistic approach to a new idea should be based on understanding that novelty is not an aim in itself and that the new idea should be a solid ground for improvement. It is necessary to consider the criterion of novelty because it sometimes appears as an independent factor during appraisal of projects and choice of alternatives.
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