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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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Stockfish rated it it was amazing Mar 17, Actually, it is more like a text book for a math class. Review from previous edition: Aug 01, Anna rated it it was amazing. There are scattered biographical details, covering famous figures such as Brunel, Telford and Stephenson but also lesser known ones such as bridge builder Oleg Kerensky, civil engineer David Bailey, bridge designer Santiago Calatrava, and geotechnical engineers Karl von Terzaghi and Ralph Peck.

Choose your country or region Close. In some bridges the back stay cables react off piers as at the Bay bridges in San Francisco. But there are many others around the world such as the Story Bridge in Australia – see picture on the right.

Their directions determine the angles in the triangle. On the right is the more modern cable stayed bridge with a definite ‘wow’ factor.

They come in so many different types and styles, all of which use solid engineering principles as their basis. This is a lengthy process when they are all in different directions. For most hanging bridges the size of the first wiggly load, the dead load, is much bigger then the second wiggly load the live load.


This book has a few small grainy photographs, and the few very simple drawings are used only to illustrate points of engineering. Brooks, and “the maker” of Dorothy L.

The author vlockley clearly erudite, and writes well.

But as Blockley shows in this illuminating book, engineers must go beyond science, blending technical experience and creativity to build the spans that connect us all. The algebra of simultaneous equations allows us to solve them. Where a number of forces in different directions come together at a joint we need to find the resultant i.

There is an odd theme throughout the book where he tries to bring in some oddly-metaphysical, philosophical mumbo-jumbo about “building bridges” between people and disciplines. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. It put a damper pardon the pun! The section cut from the centre of the bridge again shows the upward tensile forces from the cables, the downward forces from the dead and live load and the internal forces in the beam bridge deck.

Wobbly bridges, like the swing bridge in the picture in New Zealand on the right, may be acceptable in remote places or as tourist attractions but they are of little use as major highway bridges.

Bridges by David Blockley

The section cut at the top of the mast shows the internal tensile forces in the cables pulling down and the upward internal compression force in the pylon or mast together with bending and shear. Book needed more and better illustrations.

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This is vaguely interesting but becomes repetitive and is not actually useful. Showing of 12 reviews. The result is a total horizontal force and a total vertical force – a pair of components – which represent the total effect of all of the forces combined. Notable examples of truss arches trusses are the two pinned the Garabit Viaduct and the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Bridges: The Science and Art of the World’s Most Inspiring Structures

Cable stayed bridges hang in a different way. Two of them are external reactions – the reaction at the base of the tower and the anchor force needed to hold the cable down. Kirk rated it really liked it Jan 23, In effect I have cut the cable in half to reveal the internal force H – the tension in the cable. Perhaps the most famous example is the Forth Railway Bridge. Maintenance and decommissioning wasn’t even on their radar.

The thrust at the centre pin of the arch is very much reduced when the outer trusses under dead load balance the inner trusses forming the arch.