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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This book explored how a bridge works and talks about multiple bridges in the US. 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 This might be the the dead weight of the bridge or the weight of a blockleey of traffic on the bridge which we call the ‘live load’ because it can move.

Aug 01, Anna rated it it was amazing. This book was terribly boring I have to stay and so difficult to read.

How many of us stop to consider how the bridge stands up and what sort of people designed and built something so strong?

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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 blovkley. How Safe is Safe Enough? Click on the header Bridges as art above for more on this.


Throughout Bridges Blockley uses an analogy of bridges as “books”, with the equivalents of chapters, sections, paragraphs, sentences, words, grammar and so forth. Recall that the turning effect or moment is a force times a distance. But it was really neither. Blockley’s Bridges is a broad study which has basic bridge engineering at its core but which sets that in its human context, looking at its historical development, at some davif the people involved, at risk management, and even at bridges as art.

Just what is the difference between a truss and a beam? Review Dqvid from previous edition: Structuring using tension 6. So instead bridge builders usually rely on a technique called ‘resolving forces’. The author is clearly erudite, and writes well.

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The principles are illustrated in the diagram below. Refresh and try again. We can find the values of the internal forces C and T using the triangle of forces.

We stretch a rope between two anchor points and prop the line up in one or more places then hang objects from it. They are just two ways of doing the same thing.

Now let’s look at the internal forces in cable stayed bridges I have made cuts in three places to expose the internal forces. Reviews Bridges by David Blockley.

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Book needed more and better illustrations. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Mihai Suta rated it really liked it Aug 13, Their directions determine the angles in the triangle.

As far as “interesting” goes, I’d give it one star, but since the author shows he knows his subject, I’m giving it a three.

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

If the sag of the rope gets bigger then the value of the horizontal reaction at the ends gets smaller. Customers who bought this item also bought.

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If you have ever erected a tent with rope stays you will know the problem.

Trusses can be clever highly interconnected structures. 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 the bridge, what the structures are made of, how it works, how it h I understand why another reviewer was very disappointed in this book. This will increase the required vertical reaction.

Hanging bridges are absorbing because they can be refined works of art. Natnael rated it it was amazing May 14, In Bridges, eminent structural engineer David Blockley takes readers on a fascinating guided tour of bridge construction, ranging from the primitive The Brooklyn Bridge, London’s Tower Bridge, Sydney’s Harbour Bridge, San Francisco’s Golden Gate–bridges can be breathtakingly monumental structures, magnificent works of art, and vital arteries that make life vastly easier.

This book was not at all what I thought it would be. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.

Cable stayed bridges hang in a different way. I greatly enjoyed reading it and I would highly recommend it.

Read more about modern arches The deck distributes the forces from the traffic on the bridge to the hangers and onto the cables. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Bridges need strong structures ; 4.

Interdependence creates emergence ; 5. The only good thing that I got out of this book was that it made a good source for my research in bridge class.