THE DEVELOPMENT OF CONCRETE BRIDGES IN THE BRITISH ISLES PRIOR TO 1940

This paper traces the use of concrete for bridges in the British Isles from its 19th century origins to the outbreak of the Second World War. It describes the introduction of reinforced concrete bridges by specialist firms in the early 20th century, and some of the more notable bridges designed in the inter-war period, when British engineers established a reputation independent of imported systems. The most important bridge types are identified, and provision for movement and considerations of appearance are discussed. The development of standard bridge loadings is traced, and the performance of some of the early bridges is outlined. The paper also comments on the economic background, and contrasts progress in the British Isles with that overseas. (A)

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 404-31
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 116
    • Issue Number: 3 & 4

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00729713
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 26 1996 12:00AM