Toward Structural Mechanics Through Wooden Bridges in France (1716-1841) [electronic resource] / by Chiara Tardini.Material type: TextLanguage: English Series: SpringerBriefs in Applied Sciences and Technology: Publisher: Cham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Springer, 2014Description: XV, 87 p. 48 illus. online resourceContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9783319002873Subject(s): Engineering | Architecture | Mechanical engineering | Engineering design | Engineering | Structural Mechanics | Engineering Design | Architectural History and TheoryAdditional physical formats: Printed edition:: No titleDDC classification: 620.1 LOC classification: TA349-359Online resources: Click here to access online
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 effect of the new bending theory on wood bridges building -- Conclusion.
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 Chaussées 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case of wood bridges; the text outlines a brief history of bridges built in the Alpine area at the time, based on unpublished iconographic materials from various European archives.