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Fellow engineers,

The worst corrosion appeared to be at the 1:58 to 2:00 as Bill pointed out. There was also lessor amounts at 0:36 and 4:22.

The significance of these "spot corrosion" locations is that they all appeared to be in sheltered locations where I would not have expected to see any corrosion. I just pointed them out so that others could observe them and, perhaps, comment.

I have seen the appearance of worse corrosion; much worse. One of the heritage buildings we restored had two examples: there were some steel beams supporting public sidewalk that had reached the point where one blow from a carpenter's hammer actually knocked an 8" section of the bottom flange right off of the a couple of the beams; and the boiler stack, 48" in diameter, had reached the point where (even though the anchor bolts had been undone) upon lifting the stack for removal the bottom 6 feet remained on the ground. My admittedly limited experience with corrosion has been that the actual corrosion has usually progressed much further than appears on the surface.



On 15/04/2014 8:53 AM, Bill Polhemus wrote:
I think he's talking about at the 2:00 mark. It's really not what I'd call bad corrosion though. Pretty typical.

William L. Polhemus, Jr. P.E.


On Apr 15, 2014, at 8:49 AM, Abolhassan ASTANEH-ASL <astaneh(--nospam--at)> wrote:
Hi Daryl and thanks so much for pointing to the video of the Mackinac
Bridge.  It was great.  But I did not see corrosion.  Would you please
tell me at what time during the video you see rust.  From the video it
seems to me the bridge is in mint condition.    Thanks.

Speaking of thrilling views, I had a chance to take my research students
to top of the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge , the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge (after 1989 Loma Prieta quake) and the mother of all bridges, the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge ( the longest span in the world) after 1995 Kobe quake and investigated their condition for seismic damage. Of course after doing our investigation, we stayed up there for hour or two to

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