Networks of Construction

Vladimir Shukhov

Ekaterina Nozhova

Networks of Construction

Ekaterina Nozhova

Distributed for Hirmer Publishers

Edited by Uta Hassler and the Institute of Historic Building Research and Conservation at the ETH Zurich
360 pages | 94 color plates, 161 halftones | 8 1/4 x 11 1/4 | © 2016
Cloth $65.00 ISBN: 9783777425399 Published October 2019 For sale in Canada, Mexico, and the USA only

For the sheer quantity and quality of his inventions, scientist and structural engineer Vladimir Shukhov (1853–1939) is sometimes referred to as the “Russian Thomas Edison.” Among his pioneering contributions are a number of innovations related to the oil industry, including the design and construction of the first Russian pipeline and the world’s first industrial plant for oil cracking. His groundbreaking structural works include the cable-supported hanging roof and the hyperboloid lattice tower epitomized by the Shukhov Tower in Moscow, which bears his name.
Networks of Construction collects Shukhov’s trailblazing achievements from the turn of the twentieth century, exploring his career and complicated creative process. Each of Shukhov’s projects, the book shows, was realized through an elaborate process beginning with an intense period of planning to account for the interconnections among a wide range of factors, from the technical background of the construction workers to technology transfer, the nomenclature of steel grades, and the scientification of construction knowledge. Ekaterina Nozhova and Uta Hassler of the Institute of Historic Building Research and Conservation at ETH Zurich have painstakingly reconstructed Shukhov’s process through a wealth of drawings, photographs, and documents.
 

Contents
Industrialisation as a technical and historical context
Vladimir Shukhov and the construction company
of Alexander Bary
Construction history and research on industrialisation:
stereotypes and challenges
Vladimir Shukhov and Alexander Bary
Vladimir Shukhov: the state of research, new sources
The construction company of Alexander Bary
in its historical context
Industrialisation and metal structures: material
and context
Metal structures in Russia in the middle of
the 19th century: an overview
Foreign capital and expertise in the Russian
metallurgical industry
Puddled, Bessemer and Siemens-Martin steel:
qualities and the spread of technologies in Russia
Iron or steel?
Prodameta and Krovlya
Profiles diversity
Russian standard profiles. The Congress on
Spreading the Use of Iron
Standard sections worldwide
International metric system and Russian profiles
Rolled profiles of weld and cast metal
Geometry of structural profiles
Angle profiles
I-profiles
Channels
Z-profiles
Rivets
Sheet metal quality
Ural sheet iron
Sizes of sheet metal
Metal processing machinery
Workers
 
Industrialisation and Shukhov's structures
 
Between geometry and craft: the setting out
of hyperbolic structures
Metal structures: laying out, processing and assembly
The Laying out and processing of the cylindrical
reservoir walls
The Laying out of the spherical reservoir bottom
The Laying out of ship plating
Hyperboloids
The Laying out of the NiGRES Tower
Between geometry and kraft
NiGRES Power Station and its transmission lines
Theory and practice: The Truss and trials
at the construction site
Contemporary methods of structural analysis
and their spread in Russia
Truss systems: the conventional truss
The Truss by Shukhov
The pavilions of Alexander Bary at the All-Russian
Exhibition in Nizhny Novgorod
Trials at the construction site: the hanging roof
Trials at the construction site: the arched vault
Details
Theory and practice
Shabolovskaya Tower: symbolic object and
everyday routine
The Russian radio network 1901-1917
Radio masts: conventional types
The All-Russian Radio Network and
the International Radio Station
Shabolovskaya Tower: research prerequisites
The story of the commission
Higher than the Eiffel Tower
The height of the tower
The material of the tower and radio signal
The original design
Resource shortage
Material
The foundation of the tower
The detail between the sections
Assembly
Reference to Schwedler
Assembly schemes
Assembly: lifting
The construction site/planning
Symbolic structure and everyday routine
Metal shortage: substitution of metal for wood.
The universal patented principle of the
hyperbolic structure in application to wood
Timber and industry in Russia
Research on timber structures
in Russia (1927 -1945)
Wooden shell prototypes
Cooling towers, built according to Shukhov's
structural principle
Severouralsk
General tower geometry
The struts of the tower
The rings of the tower
The strut overlaps
The precision of construction
The assembly sequence
The precision of structure
The wooden hyperbolic water tower
The details of the tower
The universal construction principle for unique towers
 
Networks of Construction
 
Industrialisation as a world wide process
Technology exchange
Moving towards standard, controllability
and typical solutions
Mechanisation
Newly established materials
Establishing new building typologies and sizes
Scientification of engineering knowledge
 
Appendix
Appendix I
Appendix II
Archives
Bibliography
Colophon
 
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