Collapse!: The Science of Structural Engineering Failures

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While you crane your neck to see the top of a skyscraper or gaze at a bridge spanning a vast river, it might seem impossible that such impressive structures can collapse. But as we see from footage during a news story, even the sturdiest buildings can crumble into a pile of metal, concrete, and wood. Sometimes the destruction is caused by winds from a hurricane or an increase in traffic on a bridge. Other times, the collapse may be caused by unsafe building materials. Understanding how such hazards can impact ...
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Overview

While you crane your neck to see the top of a skyscraper or gaze at a bridge spanning a vast river, it might seem impossible that such impressive structures can collapse. But as we see from footage during a news story, even the sturdiest buildings can crumble into a pile of metal, concrete, and wood. Sometimes the destruction is caused by winds from a hurricane or an increase in traffic on a bridge. Other times, the collapse may be caused by unsafe building materials. Understanding how such hazards can impact buildings, bridges, and levees can help architects, engineers, and contractors avoid devastating structural failures. Headline Science uses news stories and everyday applications to explain the science behind structural engineering failures.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Amie Rose Rotruck
In the modern world, many massive structures are constructed. Unfortunately, every so often, a miscalculation or disaster results in collapse. In addition to the destruction of the building, these collapses usually take human casualties as well. By studying collapses in the past, engineers and builders can change designs to ensure that similar catastrophes do not occur in the future. Cronn-Mills carefully and clearly explains building terms such as structural integrity and structural failure before going into examples of various types of failures, each illustrated by a famous incident. "Load Failure" is illustrated by the collapse of the World Trade center; "A Deadly Design" is explained using the levy failures during Hurricane Katrina; "Weak Materials" are shown to be the cause of the Vietnam Bridge collapse, and "Stronger Connectors Needed" is proven by the Interstate 35W bridge incident. The final chapter shows improvements in buildings, some made possible by study of these failures. Using modern and historic examples, this is an excellent book about a seldom covered topic. This is a VERY good resource. Reviewer: Amie Rose Rotruck
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756540616
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Series: The Senses Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1070L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Through the Debris 4

Chapter 2 Load Failure 13

Chapter 3 A Deadly Design 20

Chapter 4 Weak Materials 27

Chapter 5 Stronger Connectors Needed 31

Chapter 6 Better Building 38

Timeline 44

Glossary 45

Further Resources 46

Source Notes 47

Index 48

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