A few have become the symbols of the best, noblest, and most beautiful that mankind has achieved. The secrets of the design and construction of the ancient bridges have been lost, but how could one not marvel at the magnificence, for example, of the Roman viaducts?
|Hand Book of Bridge Engineering
The second edition of the Bridge Engineering Handbook expands and updates the previous edition by including the new developments of the first decade of the twenty-first century.
Modern bridge engineering has its roots in the nineteenth century, when wrought iron, steel, and reinforced concrete began to compete with timber, stone, and brick bridges.
By the beginning of World War II, the transportation infrastructure of Europe and North America was essentially complete, and it served to sustain civilization as we know it. The iconic bridge symbols of modern cities were in place:
Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco, Brooklyn Bridge, London Bridge, Eads Bridge of St. Louis, and the bridges of Paris, Lisbon, and the bridges on the Rhine and the Danube.
Budapest, my birthplace, had seven beautiful bridges across the Danube. Bridge engineering had reached its golden age, and what more and better could be attained than that which was already achieved?
Title of the Book
Bridge Engineering Handbook
Author of the Book
Wai-Fah Chen and Lian Duan
Contents of the Book
- Precast – Pretensioned Concrete Girder Bridges
- Cast-in-Place Posttensioned Prestressed Concrete Girder Bridges
- Composite Steel I-Girder Bridges
- Composite Steel Box Girder Bridges
- Horizontally Curved Girder Bridges
- Highway Truss Bridges
- Arch Bridges
- Suspension Bridges
- Cable-Stayed Bridges
- Extradosed Bridges
- Stress Ribbon Pedestrian Bridges
- Movable Bridges
- Floating Bridges
- Concrete Decks
- Orthotropic Steel Decks
- Approach Slabs
- Expansion Joints