Cassell's Reinforced Concrete: A Complete Treatise on the Practice and Theory of Modern Construction in Concrete-Steel (Classic Reprint)
The purpose of this book is to provide a practical, simply-worded guide to construc tion in reinforced concrete, as distinct from the theoretical and often Obscure treatises that have appeared in large numbers during the past few years. The theoretical side of the subject has not, however, been overlooked, as any treatise on reinforced con crete that ignored methods of calculating the various members would be obviously incomplete, especially as this method of construction Offers great possibilities of scientific design. As a matter of fact, the two theoretical chapters are a strong feature of the book, having been written, at my request, by Mr. Albert Lakeman, who has brought a trained mind to bear upon his subject, and, in addition to explaining impor tant principles in a simple and concise manner and clearly showing the practical application of the theories he expounds, has imparted to his text the unusual element of freshness. Mr. Lakeman has wisely begun at the beginning, and, whilst he could not finish at the end - for one thing, the end is not yet - he will be found to take an apt and diligent student far enough on the road for him to be able to find the rest of the way for himself: and, after all, no book can do more than that for anyone.
The book is largely concerned with the practical side of reinforced concrete with What has been done and can be done in the compound material, and how to do it. The introductory chapter having explained the advantages of reinforced con crete, an historical chapter (every definite date in which I have verified from official records) puts the reader in possession of a variety of facts, many of which will throw light on the subject as his knowledge of it grows. Concrete and steel, as materials, are discussed in the two following chapters, in the earlier of which special attention is devoted to portland cement and the modern methods of mixing and handling concrete. Then come the explanations of theory, followed by two chapters respec tively devoted to the methods employed in erecting a building and the forms and centerings necessitated in general reinforced concrete work: these two chapters are noteworthy, I think, from the practical character of the information they give and the very large number of explanatory drawings and photographs which they include. Concise descriptions of the chief commercial systems follow, and later chapters deal respectively with architectural and surface treatment, durability, waterproofing, arches and bridges, and quantity surveying, estimating, measuring and pricing. The concluding chapter describes and illustrates a number of works carried out in re inforced concrete, varying from a 'palatial club-house and commercial sky-scraper to railway sleepers and sewer pipes.
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