Eugene Freyssinet – World Record Span Length Bridges

It is well known that Eugène Freyssinet was the inventor of prestressed concrete. However, it is not as well known that he was a prolific bridge builder, and this is what prepared him to invent prestressed concrete. Upon graduation in 1905, Freyssinet built concrete arch bridges each of which successively broke his own world record for span length. This enabled him to develop an appreciation for creep and shrinkage of concrete (a phenomenon the authorities obstinately denied the existence of). This encouraged him to develop high quality concrete and high strength steel that were necessary for the invention of prestressed concrete in 1928. His spectacular rescue of the Le Havre Maritime Station in 1934 was the first practical application of his prestressing devices and instantly earned him a worldwide reputation. His work with the contractor Campenon Bernard starting in 1934 allowed the proliferation of Freyssinet technology for prestressing and bridge construction around the world. This paper and presentation discuss the design and construction of these world record span length bridges (in addition to other unique bridges that were designed and built by Eugène Freyssinet as well as those of his disciples and successors).

  • Corporate Authors:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    National Concrete Bridge Council

    Portland Cement Association, 5420 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL  United States  60077-1083

    Missouri Department of Transportation

    105 West Capitol Avenue
    Jefferson City, MO  United States  65102

    American Concrete Institute (ACI)

    38800 Country Club Drive
    Farmington Hills, MI  United States  48331
  • Authors:
    • Shushkewich, Kenneth W
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  • Publication Date: 2008


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Features: Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 20p
  • Monograph Title: HPC: Safe, Affordable, and Efficient

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01105349
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2008 10:46AM