Isambard Kingdom Brunel's Groundbreaking Bridges

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Introduction Isambard Kingdom Brunel was unequivocally one of the greatest engineers to have ever lived in this country, or any other. He was recently voted as the second greatest Briton of all time, second only to Winston Churchill, which is testament to the physical legacy he left behind. Additionally, he was represented in the 2012 London Olympic opening ceremony which outlined the industrial revolution and the forging of modern Britain. His influence in almost all branches of engineering is vast, from shipping to the railway. This project highlights Brunel’s civil engineering work by examining some of the bridges that he built. Brunel’s solutions were groundbreaking and critics often questioned his designs. The Clifton Suspension Bridge had the longest span of any bridge in the world when it was completed; the Maidenhead Bridge was both the largest spanning brick arch bridge and the first to use a flattened arch form; and the Royal Albert Bridge was built using lenticular iron trusses.

2. Historical Review Brunel was the son of French parents: Marc Brunel (a civil engineer) and Sophia Kingdom. He was born in Portsmouth where his father worked as a practising engineer. Brunel was taught by his father from a young age and as a result had a solid grasp of basic engineering principals. He studied in France, attending one of the best secondary schools in Paris, before serving an apprenticeship with a clockmaker. After this he returned to England and assisted his…

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