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s637 (Structural) (OP)
2 May 07 11:41
Is this an old term?
s637 (Structural) (OP)
2 May 07 11:53
I think I've answered my own question. :)

Is it another word for pier?  Is this term still used?  First time I've ever seen it.
oldrunner (Structural)
2 May 07 12:23
Bents can be the supports for bridge spans.   Refer to the Standard Specifications for Highway Bridges published by AASHTO.   They can be concrete, steel or timber.
rconner (Civil/Environmental)
2 May 07 16:21
I have heard over the years in conjunction with the word pile as "pile bent" (e.g. see
KennyCM (Civil/Environmental)
2 May 07 17:28
I've heard it also referring to the supports of bridge spans... an elevated highway viaduct to be specific.
Helpful Member!  CarlB (Civil/Environmental)
3 May 07 2:11
A "bent" is part of the symbol for Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honor Society, as it is a historic, classic structure. The society magazine is "The Bent".
rconner (Civil/Environmental)
3 May 07 10:43
Thanks, CarlB (you get a star from Iowa Alpha grad 1975!)

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