K. S. RAKSHIT

BOOKS ON HIGHWAY BRIDGES BY K. S. RAKSHIT

CONSTRUCTION, MAINTENANCE, RESTORATION AND REHABILITATION OF HIGHWAY BRIDGES 

 

 Double Crown; 360 pages (Appx.)

Published by : M/s. New Central Book Agency (P) Ltd.

First Published: 1995; First Reprint: 2003, Second Reprint: 2008

ABOUT THE BOOK

 

This book will be very useful to the bridge engineers dealing with the construction, maintenance, restoration and rehabilitation of highway bridges as well as to the engineering students having a special subject on bridge engineering or contraction technology. The book contains 15 chapters out of which first 6 chapters deal with construction of bridges including durability consideration, next 2 chapters on bridge inspection and maintenance and last 7 chapters on restoration and rehabilitation of highway bridges including lesions from failures and distresses. Sketches have been profusely used and photographs of actual construction, failure and restoration, distress and rehabilitation have been included to make the subject clear. Number of sketches and photographs will exceed 200.

 

CONTENTS

Chapter 1  : Project management, specification of materials and workmanship;

Chapter 2 : Construction of foundations;

Chapter 3 : Construction of substructures;

Chapter 4 : Construction of superstructures;

Chapter 5 : Miscellaneous constructions and provisions;

Chapter 6 : Special precautions during construction;

Chapter 7 : Inspection and documentation for the maintenance of bridges;

Chapter 8 : Implementation of the maintenance repairs;

Chapter 9 : Failure and restoration of foundations and substructures;

Chapter 10 : Failure and restoration of bridge superstructures;

Chapter 11 : Distress in bridges;

Chapter 12 : Need and process for rehabilitation of bridges;

Chapter 13 : Rehabilitation of distressed foundations and substructures;

Chapter 14 : Rehabilitation of distressed superstructures;

Chapter 15 : Lessons from case studies to minimise failure of and distresses in bridges.

REVIEW OF THE BOOK “CONSTRUCTION, MAINTENANCE, RESTORATION AND REHABILITATION OF HIGHWAY BRIDGES”

 

The Indian Concrete Journal; September 1995

(A publication of The Cement Marketing Co. of India (P) Ltd.; Mumbai)

            The book is divided in five parts, namely, construction of bridges, maintenance of bridges, failure and restoration of bridges, rehabilitation of distressed bridges, and lessons from failure and distress. An important feature of the author’s presentation is his emphasis on the practical aspects of the subject. Interesting case studies of around 25 bridges, which were either repaired, rehabilitated or reconstructed have been presented in the last few chapters of the book. These include some of the important bridges like the Rupnarayan Bridge, Chambal Bridge, Godavari Bridge. Thane Creek Bridge, Narmada Bridge, Hasdeo Bridge, Yamuna Bridge, to mention only a few. The book is replete with numerous sketches and photographs. However, the quality of printing of the photographs is rather poor, perhaps due to the efforts of the publisher to keep the cost of printing and thus the cost of the book as low as possible. This shortcoming could possibly be rectified in the first revision of the book. Nonetheless, the book will be useful to those involved in the repair and rehabilitation of bridges. Especially, the documentation of case studies will prove valuable to highway engineers. 

 

The Indian Highways; July, 1996

(A publication of the Indian Road Congress, New Delhi)

                The Book has been written for the benefit of bridge engineers associated with the construction, maintenance, restoration and rehabilitation of bridges. Students who have opted for bridge engineering as special subject will also find the book very useful. The book contains six Chapters on construction of various components of bridges including durability considerations. Chapters on bridge inspection and maintenance and seven Chapter on Failure and Restoration of Bridges. To make the subject easily understandable sketches have been profusely presented. Photographs of actual construction, failure, restoration and rehabilitation of various Indian bridges have also been included in the book. Case studies of a number of bridges which have been put to service after rehabilitation or reconstruction are also brought out. The problems encountered and the solutions adopted for these bridges will immensely help the departmental engineers, consultants and contractors who might be faced with similar problems. 

 

             LIST OF ARTICLES, TECHNICAL PAPERS, ETC.

AUTHORED BY K.S.RAKSHIT,

RETIRED CHIEF ENGINEER, P.W.D., GOVT. OF WEST BENGAL

              IN VARIOUS JOURNALS, SEMINAR PAPERS, ETC

1. Analysis of a Rectangular Section for Direct Stress and Bending in Two Directions- jointly with Shri S.K. Samaddar published in THE INDIAN CONCRETE JOURNAL.- July, 1959.

2. Ultimately Strength Design of Reinforced Concrete Members- jointly with Shri S.K. Samaddar published in THE INDIAN CONCRETE JOURNAL.-November, 1959.

3. Bearing for Reinforced Concrete Bridges- published in the CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERS OF INDIA- 1959.

4. Composite Construction for Highway Bridges- jointly with Shri S.K. Samaddar published in CEMENT AND CONCRETE.- April, 1960.

5. Load Distribution in Bridge Decks - A Simplified Method- published in THE INDIAN CONCRETE JOURNAL- June, 1964.

6. Load Distribution in Bridge Decks - A Simplified Method (2) - published in THE INDIAN CONCRETE JOURNAL- March, 1965.

7. Load Distribution in Bridge Decks - A Simplified Method (3)- published in THE INDIAN CONCRETE JOURNAL- August, 1965.

8. Evaluation of Horizontal Forces on Bridge Piers and Abutments- published in the CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERS OF INDIA- 1964.

9. Second part of Evaluation of Horizontal Forces on Bridge Piers and Abutments- published in the CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERS OF INDIA- 1965.

10. The Foundation Problems of Rupnarayan Bridge at Kolaghat on N.H.6 – jointly with Shri D.P. Ghosh published in the JOURNAL OF THE INDIAN ROADS CONGRESS - Volume-3, 1965.

11. The Layout of the Bearings in Skew or Curved Bridges – published in the CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERS OF INDIA- 1965.

12. Load Distribution in Bridge Decks - A Comparative Study - published in CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERS OF INDIA- 1966.

13. Design of Railway Over-bridge with High Abutments Constructed on a Skew Crossing at Grade – published in the CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERS OF INDIA: Special Number.

14. A Study of the Economics of Solid Slab Balanced Cantilever Bridges - published in THE INDIAN CONCRETE JOURNAL- September, 1968.

15. A Study of the Economics of Solid Slab Balanced Cantilever Bridges -  A Comparison between Deck with Uniform Depth and Deck with Variable Depth - published in THE INDIAN CONCRETE JOURNAL- January, 1970.

16. A Study of the Economics of Balanced Cantilever Bridges -  A Comparison between Solid Slab Deck and a T-beam Deck with Solid Section near Supports - published in THE INDIAN CONCRETE JOURNAL- April, 1970.

17. Tilt and Shift in Wells for Bridges Foundations: Their Causes, Effect on Stability of Foundation and Remedial Measures – published in the CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERS OF INDIA – October, 1970.

18. Sinking of Well and Unaccounted Stresses - published jointly with Sarbasree R.B.Sen & Gouranga Ganguli in the JOURNAL OF THE INSTITUTION OF ENGINEERS (INDIA) Vol.54. Cl.2, November, 1973.

19. The Use of Interpolation Formulae in the Design of RC Multiple Box Bridges – published in the INDIAN HIGHWAYS – December, 1977.

20. Hill Roads in Areas of Heavy Rainfall – Their Routine Maintenance as well as Emergency Restoration and Repair Works – published in the INDIAN HIGHWAYS – September, 1981.

21. The Performance Study of Concrete Wearing Course in Some of the Existing Highway Bridges of West Bengal- published in the INDIAN HIGHWAYS – December, 1981.

22. How an Existing Culvert of a Bypass Could Be Saved While Taking a Drainage Condult through it below the Floor Level – published in the CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERS OF INDIA – Vol. X-XI, 1980-81.

23. Various Causes Which Affect the Stability of Hill Roads and the Measures to be adopted for Their Improvement – published in the INDIAN HIGHWAYS – May, 1982.

24. Expansion Joints in Highway Bridges Decks – The Problems Encountered therefrom and the Measures suggested for their Better Performance – published in THE BRIDGE AND STRUCTURAL ENGINEER – December, 1982.

25. The Protection of Culvert and Minor Bridges against Damages Caused by the Effect of Scour or Seepage Flow – published in the INDIAN HIGHWAYS – April, 1984.

26. Quality Control of Highway Bridges – published in the SOUVENIR brought out during workshop on Quality Control and Computerisation in Highway and Bridge Engineering held in Kolkata in February, 1989 organised by PWD and PW (Roads) Department, Govt. of West Bengal.

27. Future Bridges – Concrete or Steel – Choice Depends on Economic and Technical Considerations – SEMINAR ON FUTURE BRIDGES – CONCRETE OR STEEL organised by The Institution of Engineers (India). West Bengal State Centre and held at Kolkata in November, 1990.

28. Various Methods of Cantilevered Construction Used in the Construction of Few Bridges in the State of West Bengal – published in the INDIAN HIGHWAYS – December, 1990.

29. Consideration of Some Aspects Concerning the Bridge and its Approaches for Their Better Utility, Serviceability and Performance – published in the SOUVENIR brought out during the 51st session of The Indian Roads Congress held at Kolkata in December, 1990.

30. Deficiency in Design and Detailing in Bridges – published in the SEMINAR PAPERS brought out during the Workshop on “FALIURE AND RESTORATION OF CIVIL ENGINEERING STRUCTURES” organised by the American Society of Civil Engineers (India Section) on 17th and 18th July, 1992.

31. Corrosion of Reinforced and Rrestressed Concrete Highways and Structures – published in the GENERAL REPORT ON CROSSION OF RC AND PSC STRUCTURES during Seminar of the Indian National Group of The Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering on Pile Foundation, Corrosion, Detailing and Ground Anchors held at Chennai on 8-9 September, 1979.

32. Durability of Bridges as per Old and New Design- published in the ASCE NEWS of the American Society of Civil Engineers (India Section), Jan-Feb, 1994.

33. A tale of Two bridges – Howrah and Hooghly Linking the Two Cities Howrah and Calcutta – published in the SOUVENIR brought out during the Seminar on Second Hooghly Bridge at Kolkata in May, 1995.

34. Determination of horizontal Forces on Bridge Piers and Abutments Transmitted through Fixed and Free Bearings – published in the INDIAN HIGHWAYS Vol. 23, No. 7 – July, 1990.

35. Some Special Consideration for the Design and Construction of Bridges over Rivers in Mountainous and Sub-Mountainous Regions – published in the SOUVENIR brought out during the 147th Council Meeting of The Indian Roads Congress held at Darjeeling in May, 1996.

36. The Performance of the Three Bridges over the River Teesta in West Bengal – published in the SOUVENIR brought out during the 61st Annual Session of The Indian Roads Congress held at Kolkata in November, 2000.

37. The Story of the Old Howrah Floating Bridge, the Predecessor of the Present Howrah Bridge – published in PURTA KATHA, the news magazine of the PW. PW (Roads). PW (CB) Department, Govt. of West Bengal, Volume 1, 2000.

            

Name and Addresses of Publishers of  Various articles,Technical Papers, ETC

 

SL. No of Papers

Name and Address Wherefrom Published

1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 14, 15, 16.

THE INDIAN CONCRETE JOURNAL

“Cement House’, 121 Maharshi Karve Road

Mumbai 400020.

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