aplombs des génératrices

English translation: vertical tangents to the circumferences

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French term or phrase:aplombs des génératrices
English translation:vertical tangents to the circumferences
Entered by: Tony M

03:17 Jul 16, 2018
French to English translations [PRO]
Science - Mechanics / Mech Engineering
French term or phrase: aplombs des génératrices
Les lignes pilote seront enterrées et réalisées sous fourreau PVC série PTT, d'un diamètre approprié à celui du câble.
Si la ligne pilote est posée en fouille commune avec une canalisation d'eau, la distance horizontale entre les aplombs des génératrices les plus proches de la ligne pilote et de la canalisation sera au moins égale à 0,40 m.
shweta kheria
Local time: 18:01
vertical tangents to the circumferences
Explanation:
I can see exactly what they're talking about, and I don't think we'd express that in a very literal way in English.

What they're talking about seems to be the distance between the tubes, like this:

d<—>b where the vertical 'tails' of the letters represent the 'aplombs' — it an unnecessarily precise way of specifying something realy rather obvious!
I think my suggestion would be a more natural way of expressing it (equally pedantically!) in EN.
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Tony M
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vertical tangents to the circumferences


Explanation:
I can see exactly what they're talking about, and I don't think we'd express that in a very literal way in English.

What they're talking about seems to be the distance between the tubes, like this:

d<—>b where the vertical 'tails' of the letters represent the 'aplombs' — it an unnecessarily precise way of specifying something realy rather obvious!
I think my suggestion would be a more natural way of expressing it (equally pedantically!) in EN.


Tony M
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Local time: 14:31
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neutral  Germaine: Euh... On parle de spécifications techniques qui s'adressent à un entrepreneur. Je réserverais la trigonométrie aux matheux.
10 hrs
  -> These terms are not reserved exclusivley for maths, but are commonly used also by engineers; cf. things like 'tangential fan' etc. The whole expression in FR is far more pompous than it needs to be for an 'entrepreneur'.

agree  Robin Levey: Correct - and quite well-explained with d<--->b. But the ST also covers d<--->P , where the cables are at different heights in the trench. That's why it refers "un-pedantically" to the "aplombs".
13 hrs
  -> Thanks, Robin! Oh yes, indeed! Takes an engineer to understand :-)

agree  Dr Lofthouse
2 days 20 mins
  -> Thanks, Dr L!
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