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Arch Bridges Proceedings of the International Conference, Venice, 6-9 October 1998 History, Analysis, Maintenance and Repair by A. Sinopoli
  

Arch Bridges Proceedings of the International Conference, Venice, 6-9 October 1998 History, Analysis, Maintenance and Repair

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Arch Bridges Proceedings of the International Conference, Venice, 6-9 October 1998 History, Analysis, Maintenance and Repair by A. Sinopoli

Modern structural engineering surprises us with the mastery and certainty with which it plans and carries out daring projects, such as the most recent metal or concrete bridges, whether they be suspension or arch bridges. On the other hand, little is yet known about the state of knowledge of construction science and techniques which, well before the arrival of modern methods based on the mechanics of deformable continua, made it possible in the past to erect the vaulted masonry structures rthat we have inherited. The fact that these have lasted through many centuries to our time, and are still in a fairly good state of conservation, makes them competitive, as far as stability and durability are concerned, with those constructed in other materials. Although it is known that the equilibrium of the arch is guaranteed by any funicular whatsoever of the loads, contained inside the profile of an arch, finding the unique solution is not such a certainty. In other words, the problem of the equilibrium of vaulted structures is 'Poleni's problem', the one for which the Venetian scientist was able to give an exemplary solution on the occasion of the assessment of the dome of St. Peter's. Arch Bridges focuses on the main aspects of the debate about the masonry arch bridge: History of structural mechanics and construction, theoretical models, analysis for assessment, numerical methods, experimental and non-destructive testing, maintenance and repair are the topics of the Conference. The breadth and variety of the contributions presented and discussed by leading experts from many countries make this volume an authoritative source of up-to-date information.

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Publication date

1st January 1998

Author

A. Sinopoli

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Publisher

A A Balkema Publishers

Format

Hardback
450 pages

Categories

Bridges

ISBN

9789058090126

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