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Failed Bridges

Case Studies, Causes and Consequences

Preface:: Christian Menn
Medium: book
Language(s): en 
ISBN-10: 3433029512
ISBN-13: 978-3-433-02951-0
Publisher: Wilhelm Ernst & Sohn Verlag für Architektur und technische Wissenschaften GmbH
Published in: Berlin, Germany
Page(s): 307
Year: 2010
DOI: 10.1002/9783433600634

When bridges fail, often with loss of human life, those involved may be unwilling to speak openly about the cause. Yet it is possible to learn from mistakes. The lessons gained lead to greater safety and are a source of innovation.

This book contains a systematic, unprecedented overview of more than 400 bridge failures assigned to the time of their occurrence in the bridges' life cycle and to the releasing events. Primary causes are identified. Many of the cases investigated are published here fpr the first time and previous interpretations are shown to be incomplete or incorrect. A catalogue of rules that can help to avoid future mistakes in design analysis, planning and erection is included.

A lifetime's work brilliantly compiled and courageously presented - a wealth of knowledge and experience for every structural engineer.

Keywords: bridges, failure, failure analysis
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