The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 27 (1949) > Issues > Issue 8 > Curved Bridges and why they should be Welded. Discussion on Dr. H. Gottfeldt's Paper
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Curved Bridges and why they should be Welded. Discussion on Dr. H. Gottfeldt's Paper

Mr. JOHN MASON (Member of Council), proposing the warmest thanks of the meeting to Dr. Gottfeldt for a fascmating presentation of the subject said, one had the impression that Dr. Gottfeldt, like Don Quixote tilting at windmills, had felt it necessary to set up a bogey against curved bridges in order to give himself an opportunity of shooting it down. It was perhaps a little hard on the Ministry to be picked to fill the role of the bogey. At any rate, Dr. Gottfeldt had given a very good reason why certain bridges lent themselves naturally to a curved shape. Mr. Mason recalled a photograph which had been shown of the bridge at Barnstaple, the reason for its curvature being that that enabled the piers to be brought into line with the flow of the water. In jetty work he had found it advantageous to keep the piers in line with the flow; and in those conditions the approaches or approach bridges lent themselves to curves.