View Full Version : Shoddy design Isambard Kingdom Brunel

5th Apr 2009, 11:38
BBC NEWS | England | Bristol | Suspension bridge closed by fault (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/bristol/7984125.stm)

What did he know?

Typical half job by us British.

5th Apr 2009, 11:56
Typical, only opened in 1865.....nothing`s built to last these days.

5th Apr 2009, 12:08

Oh to have an empire again. We could have sent the miscreant to Australia.

tony draper
5th Apr 2009, 12:10
Well the chap was half French yer know,need one say more.:rolleyes:

Mr Chips
5th Apr 2009, 12:14
Isn't it due to fall down soon anyway? Friend of mine studied engineering at Bristol, and one of their projects was the bridge...it's not anchored enough on one side or something.. she used to post here, shame she can't tell us the answer!

tony draper
5th Apr 2009, 12:21
Well he did design it for horses and carts.
Sadly didn't Mr Brunel die before it was completed and opened?:(

5th Apr 2009, 12:25
It's not the first time this has happened, to this or other bridges.
The key point here is what the rods are made of: wrought iron, not steel, which wasn't available in large, consistent quantities at the time. The Menai Suspension Bridge (built before Brunel's) has had all its iron chains replaced with steel rods, over the years. Steel is far better at handling tension than anything that came before (and most things since).

5th Apr 2009, 12:26
Did they keep the receipt?

tony draper
5th Apr 2009, 12:35
Problems with Stephensons High Level Bridge across the Tyne here,top deck was for the railway bottom deck for stagecoaches and such,they did a big refurbishment job on it recently and restricted the lower deck maximum vehicle weight to 8 tons I think it was some, freckwit in a forty ton lorry crossed it a few days ago,of course there was nowt to stop the idiot but a sign.
The Old Reheugh Bridge had a hut at each end wherein dwelt a old chap who would leap out in front of vehicles above the restriction ant tell em in no uncertain terms to buggah off,I remember a very embarrased looking squaddy in a chieftain tank stood up in his turret being tongue lashed by the old watchman at the North end,much laughter coming from all the other vehicles waiting to cross.

5th Apr 2009, 14:40
Didn't they have problems maintenance wise a while back with that bridge thingy he built down in Plymouth?

Bloody shoddy workmanship I call it!

5th Apr 2009, 14:41
You can still find corners of your former Empire where Bailey Bridges are giving good service 60 years and more on. I remember driving across one somewhere out back of nowhere in Nigeria, when everyone else in the vehicle wanted to know what I was laughing about so that I had to explain what sort of a bridge that was we had just used.

On the other hand, you lot sold us a bell once that cracked after just a few short years of use. I think that was one from the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, London and due to some local difficulties we were unable to get it repaired under warranty in a timely manner. So much for British craftsmanship in that case!

5th Apr 2009, 14:59
Interesting to ponder how many years had passed between IKB's construction of the Clifton Bridge (http://www.clifton-suspension-bridge.org.uk/) and the design and introduction of said Bailey Bridges (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bailey_bridge) and from then until the present date. Not quite as many years of course, especially when you consider that IKB originally won the competition in 1830 when aged a mere 24 years.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isambard_Kingdom_Brunel)
Donald Bailey - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Bailey)

5th Apr 2009, 15:07
The Tay road bridge was built a hundred years after the Clifton and they have been repairing it from day one.

5th Apr 2009, 15:17
Every time I see the Royal Albert Bridge at Saltash I'm
still amazed that trains STILL run across it.
It's been there for something like 140 years.
They slap a coat of paint on it now & again.
Trains have to slow right down to a crawl when crossing
it now though.
Often wonder what it looks like INSIDE those massive tubes.
Rusty, or what?

5th Apr 2009, 15:22
And then there's the famous Tacoma Narrows bridge collapse...

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5th Apr 2009, 15:26
Should've employed an aerodynamicist.

Ken Wells
5th Apr 2009, 15:38
Or got a bridging loan, the report was abridged after all!

5th Apr 2009, 15:43
Well, that's life. You have to sway with the breeze!

Ken Wells
5th Apr 2009, 16:03
Are saying Isambard swung both ways?

Standard Noise
5th Apr 2009, 16:24
'Ee weren't much use that Issie bloke, crashed 'is big boat onto a beach in Co Down too.