Bridge Engineering Handbook by W. F. Chen, Lian Duan

By W. F. Chen, Lian Duan

Bridge Engineering Handbook
Crc Employee
CRC Press 1999
Print ISBN: 978-0-8493-7434-0
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4200-4959-6

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An foreign workforce of specialists has joined forces to provide the Bridge Engineering guide. They handle all facets-the making plans, layout, inspection, building, and upkeep of numerous bridge structures-creating essential source for each bridge engineer. This specified, finished reference presents the skill to check commonplace practices and preserve abreast of latest advancements and cutting-edge practices. Comprising sixty seven chapters in seven sections, the authors present:
Fundamentals: offers the elemental ideas and thought of bridge engineering
Superstructure layout: Discusses every kind of bridges
Substructure layout: Addresses columns, piers, abutments, and foundations
Seismic layout: offers the most recent in seismic bridge design
Construction and upkeep: specializes in the sensible problems with bridge structures
Special issues: bargains new and demanding details and designated 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
Orthotropic deck
Horizontally curved
Truss
Arch
Suspension
Cable-stayed
Timber
Movable
Floating
Railroad

Special awareness is given to rehabilitation, retrofit, and upkeep, and the Bridge Engineering guide bargains over 1,600 tables, charts, and illustrations in ready-to-use structure. An abundance of worked-out examples provide readers step by step layout strategies and the part on world wide perform presents a large and priceless standpoint at the "big picture" of bridge engineering.

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In preliminary design, this means it is necessary to prepare many alternatives and compare them simultaneously. This process is difficult and tedious. The difficulty is increased because, unlike the purely mathematical method where the function U is given, in preliminary design the type of function is not known and should be determined. Because of the above-mentioned difficulties, there is enough ground to assume that the first stage of the design process is based on creativity and invention. How to build a bridge over a certain river?

From the cost and aesthetics prospective, the view against the local environment is important. Completing these two steps yields the desired bridge scheme that satisfies the project proposal [3]. In the preliminary design stage it is also required to find a rational scientific analysis scheme for the conceived design. Thus, an essential part of preliminary design is to select and refine various schemes in order to select the most appropriate one. This is not an easy task since there are no existing formulas and solution.

Also, it is possible to say that the choice of alternative, considering technical and economic criteria, should not deviate from the proper way to achieve the aesthetic aims. Finally, the bridge will only be perfect in an aesthetic sense, when its system as a whole and its separate members are chosen not on the basis of personal taste of the designer, but considering technical and economic expedience. All other proofs that are often applied by the authors of separate projects to defend unsuccessful technical and economic alternatives should be rejected.

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