By W. F. Chen, Lian Duan
Bridge Engineering Handbook
CRC Press 1999
Print ISBN: 978-0-8493-7434-0
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4200-4959-6
An overseas workforce of specialists has joined forces to provide the Bridge Engineering guide. They deal with all facets-the making plans, layout, inspection, building, and upkeep of various bridge structures-creating vital source for each bridge engineer. This precise, finished reference offers the ability to check typical practices and continue abreast of recent advancements and cutting-edge practices. Comprising sixty seven chapters in seven sections, the authors present:
Fundamentals: offers the fundamental techniques and idea of bridge engineering
Superstructure layout: Discusses every kind of bridges
Substructure layout: Addresses columns, piers, abutments, and foundations
Seismic layout: provides the newest in seismic bridge design
Construction and upkeep: specializes in the sensible problems with bridge structures
Special themes: bargains new and demanding details and distinct solutions
Worldwide perform: Summarizes bridge engineering practices round the world.
Discover almost all you must learn about any form of bridge:
Reinforced, Segmental, and Prestressed Concrete
Steel beam and plate girder
Steel field girder
Special consciousness is given to rehabilitation, retrofit, and upkeep, and the Bridge Engineering guide deals over 1,600 tables, charts, and illustrations in ready-to-use layout. An abundance of worked-out examples provide readers step by step layout methods and the part on all over the world perform offers a large and invaluable standpoint at the "big picture" of bridge engineering.
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Not every novelty leads to progress in bridge engineering. If the novelty is sound, it may be developed to such a degree that it would lead to a new method, but if it is not better than the old method or not yet developed, its development at a later stage may be helped by abstaining from early application. Early application leads to lowering the quality of bridges and may compromise new ideas before they reach full appreciation and are fully evaluated. The criterion of novelty may be considered independent only in separate cases when economy requires the introduction of a new type of construction.
The word practical goes hand in hand with scientific investigation using modern technology. Designers use both scientific principles and creativity for their designs only in order to solve the actual problem. In this trend, the bridge is considered as part of the highway or railway and its basic purpose is to satisfy the requirements of transportation. The bridge should satisfy the basic requirements of safety and economic factors. The construction of the bridge should also follow the pattern of successful industrial methods.
The problem is similar to finding the limit of a function, as in calculus of variation. This analogy may be used to determine a logical basis for the method of preliminary design. It is clear that the problem of preliminary design cannot be solved in pure mathematics. The quality indexes cannot be expressed by algebraic functions. Note that the majority of parameters from one alter- © 2000 by CRC Press LLC native to another change their size rapidly. Alternatives are shown only for consideration and to show the investigation process in order to prove the correctness of the accepted alternative.