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recent engineering news as published in renowned engg journals or by universities, technical magazines

What are the advantages of Integral Bridge over Bearing System in Bridges?

Advantages of piers constructed monolithically, i.e. integral bridges with the bridge deck over usage of bearings? Integral Bridge, piers constructed monolithically with the bridge deck are advantageous in the following ways: Bearing replacement is one of the direct cost involved in the maintenance of bridges, and the one which worries the contractors. Using integral bridge… Read More »

Base Isolation System: Outline on Principles, Types, Advantages & Applications

Base Isolation System: An Outline on Principles, Types, Advantages & Applications What is Base isolation? Base isolation is a state-of-the-art method in which the structure (superstructure) is separated from the base (foundation or substructure) by introducing a suspension system between the base and the main structure.   In context of seismic design of structures, base… Read More »

Pamban Bridge – The Crown of South Indian Railway, Pride of India

Pamban Bridge – The Crown of South Indian Railway The Pamban Railway Bridge is the longest and oldest railway bridge in India. The viaduct is 6776 feet (2,065 m) long and consists of 145 spans. Though the bridge was constructed at a time when technology was not advanced, it stands out as a fine example of… Read More »

Interesting Facts about New River Gorge Bridge, the Gorgeous

Interesting Facts about New River Gorge Bridge, the Gorgeous Fayetteville, West Virginia, United States. Total length of 924m with the main arch spanning over 518m. 267m above the New Rivers with a carriageway width of 21.1m. The New River Gorge Bridge was opened on the 22nd October, 1977. It was the world’s longest single span… Read More »

Things You didn’t Know Chaotianmen Bridge – World Record Steel Arch Bridge

Things You didn’t Know about Chaotianmen Bridge – World Record Steel Arch Bridge The Chaotianmen Bridge is built across the Yangtze River, Chongqing, China. The total length of the main bridge and both west and east approaches is 1741 m, the span layout of Yangtze River Bridge is 190 + 552 + 190 m to… Read More »

Contreras Railway Viaduct Facts – 261 m Concrete Arch Bridge

Contreras Railway Viaduct Facts – 261 m Concrete Arch Bridge Contreras Railway Viaduct is one of the main structures on the Madrid – Valencia high-speed railway link. Upon completion, the structure became Spain’s largest concrete arch for a rail bridge. Villargordo del Cabriel stretch represents an example of the use of the state-of-the-art construction systems,… Read More »

The Solar Ark – An Innovative Steel Structure

The Solar Ark – An Innovative Steel Structure The Solar Ark is an ark-shaped solar power facility in Japan owned by Sanyo. With over 5000 panels cladding to the structure, it produces approximately 530,000 kilowatt-hours on an annually. The maximum system power is630 kW. It is one of the largest solar buildings in the world.… Read More »

Basics of Flat Plate Floor System – Advantages & Disadvantages

Flat Plate The flat plate is a two-way reinforced concrete framing system utilizing a slab of uniform thickness, the simplest of structural shapes. Flat Plate System Introduction A flat plate is a one- or two-way system usually supported directly on columns or load bearing walls. It is one of the most common forms of construction… Read More »

A Study on Various Lakes In Kerala and Environmental Issues

A Study on Various Lakes In Kerala and Environmental Issues by ARAVIND ES Kerala is popularly called as “GOD’S OWN COUNTRY”. Kerala is rich with 44 rivers which together yield 70300 Mm³of water annually. Major rivers includes The Periyar, the Bharathapuzha, the Pamba, the Chalakudy Puzha, the Kadalundipuzha and the Achancoil. The Lakes in Kerala… Read More »