Conservation of Bridges

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CRC Press, May 23, 2002 - Technology & Engineering - 416 pages
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This practical handbook is a comprehensive guide to the conservation of older bridges, commissioned by the UK Highways Agency. It provides essential guidance and recommendations for bridge conservation, repair and maintenance strategies, and proposes a new approach to best practice for bridge conservation.
Conservation of Bridges covers all types of highway, foot, railway, river and canal bridges built before 1960. It comprehensively deals with state-of-the-art methods of conservation, as well as structural form and behaviour, architecture, archaeology, legislation, and attitudes to conservation.
With case studies from all over the world and full colour illustrative photographs throughout, the book demonstrates what has, and can continue to be achieved in the pursuit of excellence in this field. Conservation of Bridges is essential reading for all engineers, architects and other professional groups responsible for the ongoing maintenance of a diverse bridge heritage.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Legislation
7
Wirkd heritage status
8
World heritage status
9
Listed buildings
10
Selection criteria
11
Attitudes to conservation
13
Engineering pressures for conservation
15
Background
214
Highway bridges
216
Footbridges
220
Conservation of towers
227
Conservation of catenary chains and cables
231
Conservation of hangers and stays
238
Conservation of decks
244
Management practice
248

Assessment of the historic value of bridges
16
Guidance
17
Evolution of structural form
21
Ancillaries
39
Chantry chapels and fortifications
44
Tollhouses
46
Visitor centres
47
Pillars
48
Pavillions
52
Access features
53
Background
58
Requirements of parapets
67
Appearnace
70
Conservation
71
Strengthening
82
Masonry bridges
91
Background
92
Conservation
96
Widening
111
Strengthening
118
Substructures
127
Management practice
128
Timber
133
Performance
141
Timber joints
145
Conservation
149
Management practice
159
Iron and steel bridges
165
Background
166
Components
173
Performance
179
Conservation
185
Strengthening
190
Piers and substructures
206
Management practice
207
Suspended bridges
213
Movable bridges
259
Background
260
Types of movable bridge
262
Components of movable bridges
265
Drawbridge
269
Swingbridges
271
Bascule bridges
276
Vertical lift Bridges
283
Transporter bridges
287
Retractable bridges
289
Management practice
290
Concrete
299
Background
300
Conservation of mass and reinforced concrete
306
Conservation of prestressed concrete
318
Electrochemical methods for treating corrosion
321
Strengthening
324
Management practice
332
The architecture of bridges
339
Background
341
Sculpture on bridges
342
Bridge designers
343
Lamps and lighting
347
Parapets and balustrades
351
Surface decoration
356
Emblems
361
Paints and painting
362
Bridges and brick decoration
364
Aesthetics of concrete
366
Archaeology
369
Archaeology of foundations
371
Archaeology of associated structures
372
Highways Agency bridges constructed up to 1915
375
Bridge index
401
General index
403
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Alan Frost was named Emeritus Curator for their `major contributions to history, research, the State Library of NSW and the NSW Parliamentary Libraryż.

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