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Foreword: Among all engineering subjects, bridge engineering is probably the most difficult on which to compose a handbook because it encompasses various fields of arts and sciences. It not only requires knowledge and experience in bridge design and construction, but often involves social, economic, and political activities. Hence, I wish to congratulate the editors and authors for having conceived this thick volume and devoted the time and energy to complete it in such short order. Not only is it the first handbook of bridge engineering as far as I know, but it contains a wealth of information not previously available to bridge engineers. It embraces almost all facets of bridge engineering except the rudimentary analyses and actual field construction of bridge structures, members, and foundations. Of course, bridge engineering is such an immense subject that engineers will always have to go beyond a handbook for additional information and guidance.
I may be somewhat biased in commenting on the background of the two editors, who both came from China, a country rich in the pioneering and design of ancient bridges and just beginning to catch up with the modern world in the science and technology of bridge engineering. It is particularly to the editors’ credit to have convinced and gathered so many internationally recognized bridge engineers to contribute chapters. At the same time, younger engineers have introduced new design and construction techniques into the treatise.
This Handbook is divided into four volumes, namely:
Construction and Maintenance
There are 67 chapters, beginning with bridge concepts and aesthestics, two areas only recently emphasized by bridge engineers. Some unusual features, such as rehabilitation, retrofit, and maintenance of bridges, are presented in great detail. The section devoted to seismic design includes soil-foundation-structure interaction. Another section describes and compares bridge engineering practices around the world. I am sure that these special areas will be brought up to date as the future of bridge engineering develops.
May I advise each bridge engineer to have a desk copy of this volume with which to survey and examine both the breadth and depth of bridge engineering.
Preface: The Bridge Engineering Handbook is a unique, comprehensive, and the state-of-the-art reference work and resource book covering the major areas of bridge engineering with the theme “bridge to the 21st century.” It has been written with practicing bridge and structural engineers in mind. The ideal readers will be M.S.-level structural and bridge engineers with a need for a single reference source to keep abreast of new developments and the state-of-the-practice, as well as to review standard practices.
The areas of bridge engineering include planning, analysis and design, construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation. To provide engineers a well-organized and user-friendly, easy to follow resource, the Handbook is divided into four volumes: I, Superstructure Design II, Substructure Design III, Seismic Design, and IV, Construction and Maintenance.
Volume II: Substructure Design addresses the various substructure components: bearings, piers and columns, towers, abutments and retaining structures, geotechnical considerations, footing and foundations, vessel collisions, and bridge hydraulics. The Handbook stresses professional applications and practical solutions. Emphasis has been placed on ready-to-use materials. It contains many formulas and tables that give immediate answers to questions arising from practical work. It describes the basic concepts and assumptions omitting the derivations of formulas and theories. It covers traditional and new, innovative practices. An overview of the structure, organization, and content of the book can be seen by examining the table of contents presented at the beginning of the book while an in-depth view of a particular subject can be seen by examining the individual table of contents preceding each chapter. References at the end of each chapter can be consulted for more detailed studies.
The chapters have been written by many internationally known authors from different countries covering bridge engineering practices and research and development in North America, Europe, and the Pacific Rim. This Handbook may provide a glimpse of a rapid global economy trend in recent years toward international outsourcing of practice and competition in all dimensions of engineering. In general, the Handbook is aimed toward the needs of practicing engineers, but materials may be reorganized to accommodate undergraduate and graduate level bridge courses. The book may also be used as a survey of the practice of bridge engineering around the world.
The authors acknowledge with thanks the comments, suggestions, and recommendations during the development of the Handbook, by Fritz Leonhardt, Professor Emeritus, Stuttgart University, Germany; Shouji Toma, Professor, Horrai-Gakuen University, Japan; Gerard F. Fox, Consulting Engineer; Jackson L. Kurkee, Consulting Engineer; Michael J. Abrahams, Senior Vice President; Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas, Inc.; Ben C. Gerwick Jr., Professor Emeritus, University of California at Berkeley; Gregory F. Fenves, Professor, University of California at Berkeley; John M. Kulicki, President and Chief Engineer, Modjeski and Masters; James Chai, Supervising Transportation Engineer, California Department of Transportation; Jinron Wang, Senior Bridge Engineer, California Department of Transportation; and David W. Liu, Principal, Imbsen & Associates, Inc.
Bridge Engineering: Substructure Design 1st Edition By W.F. Chen, Lian Duan pdf.
⏩Authors: W.F. Chen, Lian Duan
⏩Publisher: CRC Press
⏩Puplication Date: February 27, 2003
⏩Size: 7.75 MB
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