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Eugène Freyssinet - A revolution in the art of construction|
ISBN : 2-85978-394-6, 2004 - 200 p., 24 x 36, cloth binding under jacket - PRESSES DE L’ENPC - 45 €
24 April 2005 ,
Unassuming inventor, audacious builder, his extraordinary intuition regarding the behaviour of concrete, recently confirmed by the fine analysis of micromechanics has made Eugène Freyssinet one of the engineers who have most profoundly marked the construction world over the entire XXth century.
In the earlier part of his career, he drove concrete to the limits of its strenght in the arches of bridges, which broke record after record.
Then, having found how to free himself from the deficiencies of concrete as a material, he invented prestressing which transformed it into that “new material” which revolutionised “the art of construction”.
The technique of prestressed concrete has conquered the world and has outlived its inventor, but has covered up the name of the man, his convictions, and his message.
To make him known through his works (numerous) ant his writings (rare),
such is the aim of this book.
The reader will discover numerous examples of structures that illustrate both the extraordinary potential of concrete as a materiaI and how the concept of prestressing has helped it to supplant steel, particularly in civil engineering structures.
Yet, one will also find a man who was conscious of the social role of the engineer, sometimes waxing lyrical when contemplating a well-finished structure and forever imbued with a code of ethics which is perhaps his finest message for future generations.
the book is also available in french langage
Odyssee into concrete - “I was born a builder”
Substituting concrete for steel
Pushing back the bounds of concrete
Simplifying structural construction. The revolution of prestressing
An eternal problem: the weakness of the lintel
The invention of prestressing, a slowly maturing process
A little technique to understand prestressing. Earliest structures in prestressed concrete. New Inventions - Forclum electricity poles
Destiny: the maritime station of Le Havre
The water pipelines at Oued Fodda, Algeria
Two dams in Algeria: Portes de fer and Beni Badhel
The anchorage cone and the tensioning jack
The Luzancy bridge. Prestressing, a worldwide winner - The work of Eugène Freyssinet and his disciples
The works of Eugène Freyssinet’s successors. Eugène Freyssinet’s message - The spiritual heritage of Eugène Freyssinet
Structure and work of art. Eugène Freyssinet and the structures of the future. Appendix - The salvaging of the building of Europe N°1 Radio broadcasting station
Cement and concrete
The larger structures which marked the career of Eugène Freyssinet.
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