Ferdinand Arnodin, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Ferdinand Arnodin

French engineer/industrialist

Date of Birth: 09-Oct-1845

Place of Birth: Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

Date of Death: 24-Apr-1924

Profession: architect, engineer, inventor, civil engineer

Nationality: France

Zodiac Sign: Libra

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About Ferdinand Arnodin

  • Ferdinand Joseph Arnodin (October 9, 1845 – April 24, 1924) was a French engineer and industrialist born in Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon, Rhône who died in Châteauneuf-sur-Loire in Loiret.
  • Specialising in cableway transporters, he is regarded as the inventor of the transporter bridge, having been the first to patent the idea in 1887.
  • However, the first such bridge was in fact designed by Alberto Palacio, with Arnodin's help. Nine of the eighteen known examples of the transporter bridge may be attributed to him.
  • Three of them still exist.
  • They use the technology of both suspension bridges and cable-stayed bridges.
  • Arnodin built a great number of second generation suspension bridges at the turn of the 20th century, and he also restored and consolidated a number of old first generation suspension bridges (before 1860): the aprons were reinforced and the old wire cables replaced by spirally-wound double torsion steel wire ropes, often with addition of a cable-stayed bridge (known structural modification under the name of “Système Arnodin”).
  • His factory (for the production of prefabricated metal sub-structures) was established in Châteauneuf-sur-Loire.
  • Vestiges of this factory were still visible a few years ago, and the chimney could still be seen, half ruined, between the Loire and railway. The Loire Fleet Museum, at Châteauneuf-sur-Loire, shows memories of these workshops: an old model of the Nantes transporter bridge, a section of steel wire rope manufactured by Arnodin and photographs.

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