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Toward structural mechanics through wooden bridges in France (1716-1841)

Author: Chiara Tardini
Publisher: Cham : Springer, [2013?] ©2014
Series: SpringerBriefs in applied sciences and technology
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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 Chauss es 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Chiara Tardini
ISBN: 9783319002873 3319002872
OCLC Number: 859397084
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 87 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: 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 application of structural mechanics to wooden bridge design: first attempts.
Series Title: SpringerBriefs in applied sciences and technology
Responsibility: Chiara Tardini.

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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 Chauss es 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.

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