Review from previous edition: “David Blockley expertly describes the processes, relationships, materials and philosophies of engineering that give the world. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Starred Review. In this fascinating exploration for Bridges: The science and art of the world’s most inspiring structures – Kindle edition by David Blockley. Download it once and read it on your. The Science and Art of the World’s Most Inspiring Structures | Blockley’s Bridges is a broad study which has basic bridge engineering at its core but which sets.
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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 Stepsand describes some spectacular failures, such as the recent bridge collapse in Minnesota or the famous failure of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Jul 24, William Blair rated it did not like it. It makes for a fascinating book on a fascinating subject.
Natnael rated it it was amazing May 14, If you get the tensions wrong your bridge could collapse. This was not a book for the lay reader. Throughout Bridges Blockley uses an analogy of bridges as “books”, with the equivalents of chapters, sections, paragraphs, sentences, words, grammar and so forth. But it was the perfect introduction to bridge engineering for me. C and T must act axially along the length of the members.
There is actual engineering with math, requiring algebra to understand in this book. We can find the values of the internal forces C and T using the triangle of forces. Their Design and Construction. I was able to leap the hurdles of bad writing, and horrible illustrations, and finish the book, only because the subject is deeply interesting to me. Firstly it tells us that the tension in the cable increases directly with the dead load.
Safety and risk management feature in all of this, but are also addressed in an additional chapter. Cable stays are usually anchored to towers to make erection easier.
I once planned to study engineering at the U of MN but so much math was involved that I changed my major. A very slender strut buckles very easily, especially when not perfectly straight. Surprisingly, the author mentions on page that he worked with Barry Turner, the author of a very well-respected, famous in its circle book “Man-Made Disasters” which I have reviewed here.
There is an odd theme throughout the bo This book was not at all what I thought it would be. Click on the diagram to the left to enlarge it and find further explanation.
See all 12 reviews. Bridge, which has the largest span in the world. The determining factors are the material, the elastic limit and the ultimate squash load when the material can no longer carry any load at all.
Bridges built by lbockley for people: In some bridges the back stay cables react off piers as at the Bay bridges in San Francisco.
Choose your country or region Close. It describes them as connecting human structures. Bolckley let’s look at the turning effect of these forces about the right hand end of the bridge.
Bridges : The science and art of the world’s most inspiring structures
Unfortunately the theory rapidly became too complicated for anyone but specialists to follow. On the right is the more modern cable stayed bridge with a definite ‘wow’ factor.
Ammann certainly was conscious of the need to make beautiful bridges. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Ropes, chains or cables are suspended between two towers with vertical or occasionally inclined hanger cables attached at intervals stretching down to blovkley stiff road deck.
Bridges – David Blockley – Oxford University Press
We can use this knowledge then to find forces at the joint which are unknown – as long as only two are unknown. We form two equations – one by making the sum of the horizontal components equal to zero and one by making the sum of the horizontal components to zero. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. By David Blockley Engineering is at the very heart of our society.
To purchase, visit your preferred ebook provider. In order to do a good job, I needed to read about bridges, but in a format that would be both accessible to laymen and technical enough to understand what the heck is going on in davix bridge, what the structures are made of, how it works, how it h I understand why another reviewer was very disappointed in this book.
Bridges by David Blockley
Bridges need good foundations ; 3. Book needed more and bllckley illustrations. Subscribe to the PE newsletter. Ships from and sold by Amazon. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Article image Why bridges have fascinated humans for centuries. We can see the different ways in which trusses and beams work by looking at an N frame as shown in the diagram to the left.
Bridges built by people for people: For instance, Blockley discusses the London’s Millennium Bridge–the blade of light across the Thames–which displayed an alarming wobble when opened. Cable stayed bridges hang in a different way.