Toward Structural Mechanics Through Wooden Bridges in France (1716-1841)

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Early applications of Navier's beam theory to the rational design of structures are documented in the Annales of the French Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées and refer to the design of three wooden bridges built in France in the 1840's. Revisiting these examples, the book provides documentation on the progressive establishment of the new design approach, based on the theory of structural mechanics rather than empirical knowledge. The bridges concerned were built according to the structural scheme patented by Ithiel Town in the USA, witnessing the diffusion in Europe of the American advancements in bridge design, circulated by the travel reports of French engineers from the Ecole. Through the exam of French treatises discussing the progress of theoretical formulations in parallel with experimental findings in the 18th and 19th centuries, the book retraces as well the long path which led to the formulation of Navier's theory. The relevant scientific debate dealt mainly with the specific case of wood bridges; the text outlines a brief history of bridges built in the Alpine area at the time, based on unpublished iconographic materials from various European archives.

Evolution of the wood bridge structural layout between the 18th and 19th centuries

Research on experimental tests providing information about strength values of wood elements in use in the period

Documentation of the first application of Navier's bending theory to the design of wood bridges



Inhalt
Tradition and innovation: the case of the 18th and 19th century wood bridges.- Theory and tests on wood elements in the French treatises of architecture and engineering in the 19th century.- The effect of the new bending theory on wood bridges building.- Conclusion.

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Titel
Toward Structural Mechanics Through Wooden Bridges in France (1716-1841)
Autor
EAN
9783319002866
ISBN
3319002864
Format
Kartonierter Einband
Herausgeber
Springer International Publishing
Genre
Maschinenbau
Anzahl Seiten
104
Gewicht
172g
Größe
H235mm x B155mm x T5mm
Jahr
2013
Untertitel
Englisch
Auflage
2014
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