In the Wake of Tacoma: Suspension Bridges and the Quest for Aerodynamic Stability

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ASCE Press, Jan 1, 2001 - Technology & Engineering - 414 pages
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In the Wake of Tacoma is the first comprehensive treatment of the changes that the 1940 collapse of the first Tacoma Narrows Bridge has imposed on the design of suspension bridges. Written as a historical narrative, this heavily illustrated book describes design trends before the collapse, the collapse itself, and the investigations to determine its cause. The book then examines subsequent aerodynamic and other design developments and their application in suspension bridges worldwide in the decades following the collapse.

In the Wake of Tacoma is a comprehensive reference work on suspension bridges in general, examining virtually every suspension bridge of note built in the past sixty years and highlighting overall development of the state of the art today. It goes beyond the major, well-known bridges to examine many small and mid-span suspension bridges worldwide that have contributed significantly to the modern development of the form. Also covered are the engineering debates and engineers involved; discussions of bridges under construction and under design; and new design concepts and materials to conquer the huge distances envisaged for such crossings as the Messina and Gibraltar straits.

Presented in easy-to-understand, nontechnical language, this book, which received the 2006 Publication Award from the Japan Association for Wind Engineering, should appeal to both engineers and nonengineers with an interest in bridges and engineering in general.

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"...An outstanding history of suspension bridges focusing on post-Tacoma spans... In the Wake of Tacoma is extremely visual and written in a style that makes it accessible, exciting and interesting to both engineers and the general public. It is a masterful study- well researched, written, and illustrated." ?Eric DeLony, Chief, Historic American Engineering Record, National Park Service

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I used the book to research the events surrounding the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapse and the book provide a very thorough explanation for the events and excellent information on the structures used before, during, and after the collapse.

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About the author (2001)

Richard Scott is a waterway heritage planner for Parks Canada, where he is currently responsible for palnning along the Trent-Severn waterway. He is also the editor of History of the Modern Suspension Bridge: Solving the Dilemma between Economy and Stiffness (ASCE Press, 2010).

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