History of the Modern Suspension Bridge: Solving the Dilemma between Economy and Stiffness

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When he was thinking about how to build a bridge across the River Tweed, Sir Samuel Brown stopped while observing a spiders web. Right at this time he discovered the suspension bridge."" Charles Bender, 1868. The English translation of Tadaki Kawadas landmark book traces the modern suspension bridge from its earliest appearance in Western civilization only 200 years ago to the enormous Akashi Kaikyo and Storebælt bridges completed at the end of the twentieth century. History of the Modern Suspension Bridge: Solving the Dilemma between Economy and Stiffness examines the conflicts, the bridge collapses, the colorful personalities, and the advancements that have shaped the development of the suspension bridge. From John Roebling and the Brooklyn Bridge to the legendary rivalry between Othmar Ammann and David Steinman, from the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapse in 1940, which Kawada explores in depth, to the closing of Londons Millennium Bridge just three days after its opening, this book is a complete history of the modern suspension bridgewith a focus on the two essential factors in suspension bridge design, economy and stiffness, which are always in competition with one another. How do engineers reinforce the suspension bridge against the elements of wind and traffic, without sacrificing economy? History of the Modern Suspension Bridge: Solving the Dilemma between Economy and Stiffness will appeal to anyone interested in engineering history and suspension bridges. Practicing engineers will find the charts, tables, and design formulas especially valuable. About the authors:

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Tadaki Kawada, Ph.D., is a renowned engineer and bridge designer who has designed some of the worlds longest suspension bridges. He served as president and CEO of Kawada Industries, Tokyo, and is currently on the board of directors. Harukazu Ohashi, Ph.D., (translator) is an executive officer of Nippon Engineering Consultants Co., Ltd., of Tokyo and previously held positions with the Honshu-Shikoku Bridge Authority in Japan and Parsons Corporation in New York. Richard Scott (editor) is a waterway heritage planner for Parks Canada, where he is currently responsible for planning along the Trent-Severn Waterway. He is the author of In the Wake of Tacoma (ASCE Press, 2001).

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Anyone interested in suspension bridges from an engineering point of view or who appreciates the grace of such structures will enjoy tracing their development, which is so well documented in this book. Roebling's Brooklyn Bridge, an early example of a very robust, highly redundant structure, is still admired to this day. As the technology advanced, engineers produced more economical designs at the expense of stiffness, which occasionally resulted in some dramatic failures. This English translation of the Japanese work by noted engineer and suspension bridge designer Kawada provides a comprehensive history of these bridges and explains the issues related to economy and stiffness very well. The author discusses numerous bridges in the US, Europe, and Japan, including the Brooklyn Bridge; the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, which collapsed in 1940; the London Millennium Bridge, which closed for two years to make needed changes after being open for only three days; and Japan's Akashi Kaikyo Bridge. The book would make for wonderful supplemental reading for anyone studying or interested in bridge structure and design. Even undergraduate structural engineering students not directly studying bridges would benefit from this book, which would give them a much better understanding of structural behavior. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels of students, general readers, and professionals. -- H. I. Epstein, University of Connecticut --Reviewed in CHOICE, October 2010

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Book Description American Society of Civil Engineers, United States, 2010. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. When he was thinking about how to build a bridge across the River Tweed, Sir Samuel Brown stopped while observing a spider s web. Right at this time he discovered the suspension bridge. --Charles Bender, 1868. The English translation of Tadaki Kawada s landmark book traces the modern suspension bridge from its earliest appearance in Western civilization only 200 years ago to the enormous Akashi Kaikyo and Storebaelt bridges completed at the end of the twentieth century. This book examines the conflicts, the bridge collapses, the colorful personalities, and the advancements that have shaped the development of the suspension bridge. From John Roebling and the Brooklyn Bridge to the legendary rivalry between Othmar Ammann and David Steinman, from the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapse in 1940, which Kawada explores in depth, to the closing of London s Millennium Bridge just three days after its opening, this book is a complete history of the modern suspension bridge--with a focus on the two essential factors in suspension bridge design, economy and stiffness, which are always in competition with one another. How do engineers reinforce the suspension bridge against the elements of wind and traffic, without sacrificing economy? This book will appeal to anyone interested in engineering history and suspension bridges. Practicing engineers will find the charts, tables, and design formulas especially valuable. About the Authors Tadaki Kawada, Ph.D., is a renowned engineer and bridge designer who has designed some of the world s longest suspension bridges. He served as president and CEO of Kawada Industries, Tokyo, and is currently on the board of directors. Harukazu Ohashi, Ph.D., (translator) is an executive officer of Nippon Engineering Consultants Co., Ltd., of Tokyo and previously held positions with the Honshu-Shikoku Bridge Authority in Japan and Parsons Corporation in New York. Richard Scott (editor) is a waterway heritage planner for Parks Canada, where he is currently responsible for planning along the Trent-Severn Waterway. He is the author of In the Wake of Tacoma href=/WorkArea/linkit.aspx?LinkIdentifier=idItemID=2147485584libID=2147485585 target= blank>In the Wake of Tacoma (ASCE Press, 2001). Praise for This Book Anyone interested in suspension bridges from an engineering point of view or who appreciates the grace of such structures will enjoy tracing their development, which is so well documented in this book. . This English translation of the Japanese work by noted engineer and suspension bridge designer Kawada provides a comprehensive history of these bridges and explains the issues related to economy and stiffness very well. . wonderful supplemental reading for anyone studying bridges. Highly recommended. --H.I. Epstein, University of Connecticut, Choice, Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, October 2010. Seller Inventory # AAN9780784410189

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