Design and Construction of Steel Bridges: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Design and Construction of Steel Bridges

1st Edition

By Utpal K. Ghosh

CRC Press

458 pages | 100 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780415418362
pub: 2006-09-21

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The advantage of steel for long span bridges have been well established for some time. Its advantages for short and medium span bridges are also being seriously looked at now particularly form the standpoint of economy, durability, and ease in maintenance during service life. This book provides the reader with an overall perspective for design and construction of steel bridges, particular from considerations of economy, durability and ease of maintenance during service life. It highlights both theoretical as well as practical aspects which govern the process. Realistic illustrations of practical applications have been used throughout.

Starting with a study of the evolution in the design of steel bridges and lessons learnt from some landmark bridge failures, the book discusses basic topics, such as design philosophies, characteristics of steel and loads, before dealing with the various structural arrangements commonly used in modern steel bridges and their selection strategies. Modern systems of connections are discussed at lenght. The book contains several chapters explaining important aspects of fabrication and erection, including methodologies for erection of common steel bridges. Durability, protection against corrosion and post-construction maintenance are discussed in detail.

It is expected that the book will provide practical guidelines to students as well as engineers and designers in industry for achieving economy, durability and ease in maintenance.

Table of Contents


1. Evolution of Steel Bridges 2. Learning from Failures 3. Design Philosophies and Safety 4. Characteristics of Steel 5. Loads 6. Primary Structural Systems 7. Selection of Structural Systems 8. Deck Systems 9. Beam and Plate Girder Bridges 10. Truss Bridges 11. Semi-Through Bridges 12. Arch Bridges 13. Cable Supported Bridges 14. Bridge Bearings 15. Welding Processes 16. Welded Joints 17. Bolted and Riveted Joints 18. Connections: Design Principles 19. Fabrication Procedures 20. Quality Control in Fabrication 21. Erection 22. Erection Equipment, Tools and Tackles 23. Erection Methods 24. Safety During Erection 25. Durability 26. Protection Against Corrosion 27. Post-Construction Maintenance


About the Author

After graduating in Civil Engineering (Calcutta University, 1954) the author has worked, amongst others, with Freeman Fox and Partners (London), Sir William Arrol & Co Ltd (Glasgow), and Braithwaite Burn & Jessop Construction Co Ltd (Calcutta). Subsequently, he set up his own practice as Consulting Engineer. He is currently a Consultant to Stup Consultants P Ltd, India.

During his long career he participated in planning, design, fabrication, erection and overall management of a wide variety of projects, such as bridges, industrial structures, etc., which included new construction as well as repair and rehabilitation work. Countries covered by his work experience include the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, and India.

Uptal K. Ghosh has published a number of papers and is the author of a book entitled: Repair and Rehabilitation of Steel Bridges, Taylor & Francis/Balkema, 2000.

He is a Professional Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers (India), a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK), and a Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers (UK).

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