This volume traces the process by which reinforced concrete emerged during the 19th century as the successful building material of today. Early work on testing the strength of cements led into a period of experimental work by a number of engineers, notably in Britain, France and America, to devise successful systems of embedding iron in concrete in such a way that the two materials would act together to carry imposed loads. The papers take the story to the early years of the 20th century and provide a thorough review of the gradual evolution of ideas and the contributions of individuals to this technology.
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Contents: Introduction; Sir Robert Smirke: a pioneer of concrete construction, J. Mordaunt Crook; Concrete and the structural use of cements in England before 1890, B. L. Hurst; W. B. Wilkinson (1819-1902) and his place in the history of reinforced concrete, Joyce M. Brown; Portland cements, 1843-1887, A. W. Skempton; The emergence of reinforced concrete, 1750-1910, John W. de Courcy; The origins of reinforced concrete, Cyrille Simonnet; Hennebique and building in reinforced concrete around 1900, GwenaÃ«l Delhumeau; Agents of change: Hennebique, Mouchel and ferro-concrete in Britain, 1897-1908, Patricia Cusack; The remarkable structures of Paul Cottancin, G. J. Edgell; The era of the proprietary reinforcing systems, M. N. Bussell; Architects and the reinforced concrete specialist in Britain, 1905-1908, Patricia Cusack; Genesis of reinforced concrete construction, W. K. Hatt; The Ward House: a pioneer structure of reinforced concrete, Ellen W. Kramer and Aly A. Raafat; The first reinforced-concrete skyscraper: the Ingalls Building in Cincinnati and its place in structural history, Carl W. Condit; The consulting engineer and early concrete bridges in California, John Snyder and Steve Mikesell; Early reinforced concrete structures in New South Wales (1895-1915) D. J. Fraser; Index.
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