September 12, 2007

Book Review - Design of Highway Bridges

Design of Highway Bridges: An LRFD Approach
2nd Edition
Richard M. Barker, Jay A. Puckett
TG 300 .B38 2007

This textbook of bridge engineering is aimed at higher-level undergraduates and early-career graduate students. It takes a systematic approach to this topic, first by describing different types of bridges, providing examples, and defining roles of many key players involved in their creation. It moves on to discuss aesthetic, architectural, and design concerns. Engineering topics such as load, strength, and environmental effects occupy the heart of this text. Long chapters focusing on concrete bridges and steel bridges help put theories presented earlier into the context of real problems.