The Bridge Engineering Handbook is a unique, comprehensive, and state-of-the-art reference work and resource book covering the major areas of bridge engineering with the theme “Bridge to the Twenty-First Century”. It has been written with practicing bridge and structural engineers in mind. The ideal reader will be an M.S.-level structural and bridge engineer with a need for a single reference source to keep abreast of new developments and the state of the practice, as well as review standard practices. The areas of bridge engineering include planning, analysis and design, construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation.To provide engineers a well-organized and user-friendly, easy-to-follow resource, the Handbook is divided into and printed in four volumes, I: Superstructure Design, II: Substructure Design, III: Seismic Design, and IV: Construction and Maintenance.
Volume III: Seismic Design provides the geotechnical earthquake considerations, earthquake damage, dynamic analysis and nonlinear analysis, design philosophies and performance-based design criteria, seismic design of concrete and steel bridges, seismic isolation and energy dissipation, active control, soilstructure-foundation interactions, and seismic retrofit technology and practice. The Handbook stresses professional applications and practical solutions. Emphasis has been placed on ready-to-use materials. It contains many formulas and tables that give immediate answers to questions arising from practical works.It describes the basic concepts and assumptions, omitting the derivations of formulas and theories. It covers traditional and new, innovative practices.
An overview of the structure, organization, and content of the book can be seen by examining the table of contents presented at the beginning of the book, while an in-depth view of a particular subject can be seen by examining the individual table of contents preceding each chapter. References at the end of each chapter can be consulted for more detailed studies. The chapters have been written by many internationally known authors in different countries covering bridge engineering practices, research, and development in North America, Europe, and Pacific Rim countries. This Handbook may provide a glimpse of the rapid global economy trend in recent years toward international outsourcing of practice and competition of all dimensions of engineering. In general, the Handbook is aimed toward the needs of practicing engineers, but materials may be reorganized to accommodate several bridge courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
The book may also be used as a survey of the practice of bridge engineering around the world. The authors acknowledge with thanks the comments, suggestions, and recommendations during the development of the Handbook of Fritz Leonhardt, Professor Emeritus, Stuttgart University, Germany; Shouji Toma, Professor, Horrai-Gakuen University, Japan; Gerard F. Fox, Consulting Engineer; Jackson L. Durkee, Consulting Engineer; Michael J. Abrahams, Senior Vice President, Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas, Inc.; Ben C. Gerwick Jr., Professor Emeritus, University of California at Berkeley; Gregory F. Fenves, Professor, University of California at Berkeley; John M. Kulicki, President and Chief Engineer, Modjeski and Masters; James Chai, Supervising Transportation Engineer, California Department of Transportation; Jinrong Wang, Senior Bridge Engineer, California Department of Transportation; and David W. Liu, Principal, Imbsen & Associates, Inc.
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