The Science of a Bridge Collapse

From the Set 21st Century Skills Library

This book discusses the science behind bridge collapses and their effects. The chapters examine historical bridge collapses, explain how bridges are designed and built, and show how scientists and engineers are working to prevent future collapses. Diagrams, charts, and photos provide opportunities to evaluate and understand the scientific concepts involved.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Dewey 624.2
Lexile 870L
ATOS Reading Level 5.8
Guided Reading Level T
Language English
Publisher Cherry Lake Publishing
Available Formats Reinforced book (9781631376238), Paperback (9781631376689), PDF (9781631377136), ePub (9781633623002), Hosted ebook (9781631377587), Kindle (9781633622142)
Copyright 2015
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions 7.5 x 9.5
Graphics Full-color photographs

Booklist - The Science of a Bridge Collapse

When often high-profile bridge collapses occur, they can cause injury or death to motorists, not to mention lengthy traffic problems. This entry into the Disaster Science series looks into the faulty design, defective parts, overloading, environmental forces, and accidents that contribute. In almost all instances, routine inspection plays a crucial part in preventing major catastrophic collapses. Using color photographs of five collapsed or destroyed bridges and text descriptions of other collapses, Bethea engages the reader’s imagination and curiosity about how engineers design bridges, the scientific principles behind the construction, how engineers and builders determine the causes of a collapse, and how they make repairs. Many books feature the Brooklyn Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge, but this unique focus offers a fresh view on a familiar architectural topic.

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Full-color photographs