From Wood to Steel—Properties of Materials
Lecture no. 4 from the course: Understanding the World's Greatest Structures
Taught by Professor Stephen Ressler | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Science Course
Materials profoundly influence the form, function, and structure of great buildings, bridges, and towers. Using steel (which is superior in terms of strength, ductility, and stiffness) as a benchmark, compare the structural properties of wood, masonry, concrete, and iron—and see them at work in thousands of years' worth of structures.