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English translation: "Despite the [connecting] steel members joined to the ridge beam..."

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16:09 Aug 5, 2000
French to English translations [PRO]
Tech/Engineering
French term or phrase: acier de liaison
I have not managed to find the term "acier de liaison" but am hoping that my translation of the following French sentence will make sense.

"En dépit les pièces d'acier de liaison au faitage, cette charpente s'est évidemment rompue"

("Despite the pieces of steel used to reinforce the roof, this framework obviously broke")

The context of the sentence concerns a roof built initially with just upright pieces with no triangular tie-beam to give it strength.Could the term "liaison" also refers to "bonding"?

Any ideas welcome.
Helen
English translation:"Despite the [connecting] steel members joined to the ridge beam..."
Explanation:
To some extent, synonyms for "members" will depend on the chronology: "sections" or "profiles" would be a fairly recent term, while "pieces" or "parts"
would work for a pre- or early-industrial period. Either "attached" or "fastened" could easily stand in for "joined," regardless of the age of the structure.

(Source notes: "faîtage" is defined (in the first reference below) as "ridge beam," which in turn is defined (in the second reference below) as a "horizontal timber to which the tops of rafters are fastened.")
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na"metal joints"Gregory Charles Brent
najoining plate / linking plate
Nikki Scott-Despaigne
naSteel tiesLouis RIOUAL
na"Despite the [connecting] steel members joined to the ridge beam..."Heathcliff


  

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"Despite the [connecting] steel members joined to the ridge beam..."


Explanation:
To some extent, synonyms for "members" will depend on the chronology: "sections" or "profiles" would be a fairly recent term, while "pieces" or "parts"
would work for a pre- or early-industrial period. Either "attached" or "fastened" could easily stand in for "joined," regardless of the age of the structure.

(Source notes: "faîtage" is defined (in the first reference below) as "ridge beam," which in turn is defined (in the second reference below) as a "horizontal timber to which the tops of rafters are fastened.")


    _Dictionnaire General F > E de la Technique Industrielle_, by Richard Ernst (Brandstetter Verlag, 1982)
    _Means Illustrated Construction Dictionary_ (New Unabridged Edition, R.S. Means, 1992)
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Steel ties


Explanation:
"Liaison" refers to the steel part funtion, (which is to bind two structural elements together), noto the material its made of.

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12 hrs
joining plate / linking plate


Explanation:
Not "bonding" as there is no sticking. "Liaison" is more normally used to mean "bonding" in masonary.

Assuming that the roof structure is cooden, at the apex of the triangle where the vertical and other pieces come together, it is common practice to bolt a metal palte in place to hold the various (usually three) parts together.
The plate is essentially of triangular or slightly squashed hexagonal shape at its base.


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    Dicos : Architecture & Batiment (Forbes, J.R., Lavoisier) ; and Architecture & Batiment (Hasol, Le Moniteur)
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1 day 22 hrs
"metal joints"


Explanation:
The pieces of metal that join floors to beams, beams to other beams, and beams to columns - as in a roof.

Gregory Charles Brent
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