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24 votes
5 answers
8k views

Why don't hydroelectric plants use cascades of turbines instead of single turbines?

20 votes
2 answers
3k views

Why are earthfills fully covered in concrete where they join bridges?

15 votes
1 answer
2k views

Why are hyperboloid towers not popular anymore?

12 votes
2 answers
2k views

Why do earth cuts sometimes have steps on their walls

12 votes
4 answers
5k views

How thick is it reasonable for the walls of a steel gas pipeline to be?

11 votes
3 answers
4k views

Why would a bearing plate that further concentrates load onto small surface be used?

8 votes
2 answers
1k views

Is this railway carriage side likely made of single metal sheet?

8 votes
1 answer
2k views

Why build a cell lattice tower with square cross-section instead of triangular cross-section?

8 votes
5 answers
3k views

Why do some diesel engines run on diesel fuel and others on fuel oil?

7 votes
1 answer
2k views

Do solid rivets fully fill the holes when installed properly?

7 votes
3 answers
704 views

How do large turbines deal with asymmetry and beat arising from those?

7 votes
2 answers
418 views

What's the name and purpose of this specific shape of hollows in a reinforced concrete slab?

7 votes
3 answers
676 views

How are earthfills not eroded before they are overgrown with grass?

6 votes
1 answer
5k views

Why prefer plain pipes over corrugated pipes for storm sewage and culverts?

6 votes
2 answers
5k views

Why prefer any other pipes over plastic pipes for drainage and culverts?

6 votes
6 answers
512 views

What would be a practical way for removing thousands of padlocks from valuable bridge railings?

5 votes
1 answer
197 views

Why is this box girder made of lattice on one side only?

5 votes
3 answers
7k views

Why design a cable stayed bridge with pylons inclined towards the obstacle being spanned?

5 votes
2 answers
845 views

How is steel tempering addressed when installing pre-heat rivets?

4 votes
2 answers
540 views

How does galvanised steel culvert withstand abrasion from solid particles in the stream?

4 votes
3 answers
961 views

Why would a column expand before accepting load through a narrow thunk?

3 votes
1 answer
88 views

How monolitic is concrete when falsework is being crafted for parts of future structure only?

3 votes
1 answer
200 views

Are light coloured roofs more durable? If so, why aren't they more common?

1 vote
1 answer
52 views

How are reinforced soil retaining walls replaced when they wear out?

1 vote
1 answer
313 views

How does dynamic braking work with railway locomotives?

0 votes
1 answer
235 views

Does tunnel lining made of cast iron tubings actually accept all the mechanical loads?