Bridge Launching, 2nd Edition


ICE Publishing (the Institution of Civil Engineers, London, UK) – ISBN: 9780727759979 (2014), p.376.

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Bridge Launching was published by Thomas Telford in 2002, found widespread interest worldwide, soon became the international reference in the field, and was cited in a great number of researches and publications.

Much has been done in the field of bridge launching since 2002, and the book required updating in many aspects. So I have rewritten Bridge Launching from scratch, and the book has increased in size by one-third. In addition to my professional experience on 34 launched bridges, I have consulted more than 300 publications for this brand-new book.

The second edition of Bridge Launching provides state-of-the-art coverage of the design and construction of launched bridges made of steel, prestressed concrete, and prestressed composite construction with steel corrugated-plate webs. In addition to incremental launching, the book now covers deck rotation, jacking, skidding, and the launch of single spans, bowstring arches and cable-supported decks.

    The book outlines key methods for the structural analysis of launched bridges. Optimization of nose-deck interaction, loads on temporary and permanent piers, launch and end-of-launch integrative post-tensioning, and launch stability of built-up I-girders and steel corrugated-plate webs are thoroughly discussed.

    The Reduced Transfer Matrix method for launch stress analysis has been extended to circular beams, and a special frame element with sliding support has been formulated for finite-element analysis of bridge launching with customizable structural analysis programs.

    • Marco Rosignoli has proposed brand-new analysis and design methods for launched bridges, new technological solutions, innovative construction techniques, new casting sequences, new organizational schemes. All of this work is absolutely original simply because Marco Rosignoli is making the history of this construction method – Roberto Capozucca, Prof.Ing., Dr.Ing., Professor of Structural Engineering, Universita’ Politecnica delle Marche (Italy)
    • Many of the bridges designed and built by Marco Rosignoli have made the history of the incremental launching of bridges in Europe, and his outstanding research contribution has further contributed to the diffusion of this construction method – Giuseppe Matildi, Prof.Ing., Dr.Ing., Professor of Structural Engineering, Universita’ di Bologna (Italy)
    • Bridge Launching was an excellent book. The 2nd edition was much awaited for too long – Venkataramana Heggade, Senior Vice President, Special Bridges, Gammon India (India)

    As regards launch technology, the book covers special launch bearings, guides and systems for steel and prestressed concrete decks, field monitoring and data acquisition, and process simulation techniques for optimization of deck segmentation. Offering explanations of the theoretical and technological aspects of the construction process, the second edition of Bridge Launching illustrates worldwide case studies with photographs and diagrams of state-of-the-art structures.


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