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29.07.2009 It is necessary to rescue the world’s first hyperboloid tower! The Shukhov tower in Polibino, Dankovskiy area in Lipetsk region is the only one preserved of the world’s first steel lattice shells invented and constructed according to the projects of V.G. Shukhov for the 1896 All Russian industrial and art exhibition in Nizhniy Novgorod. The “Shukhov Tower” Foundation urges you to make a donation for the anti-breakdown repair of the world’s first hyperboloid lattice tower! The first hyperboloid tower in 1896. Nizhniy Novgorod. After the exhibition in Nizhniy Novgorod had closed, the open-work water tower of an astonishing beauty was bought by a Great Russian Maecenas Yuriy Stepanovich Nechaev-Maltsov. The tower was disassembled, transported to Polibino, the farmstead of Nechaev and assembled once again under the personal supervision of Vladimir Grigorievich Shukhov next to the palace of Nechaev in autumn 1896. The expertise of V.G. Shukhov’s 113-year old tower in Polibino carried out this summer revealed the close-to-breakdown condition of the construction’s supporting foundation. Now in XXI century, the lattice shells corresponding with V.G. Shukhov’s patents are erected in all advanced countries of the world, that’s why it is necessary to rescue the world’s first steel lattice tower-shell as a pattern of the world’s art of engineering. The first hyperboloid tower in 2009. Polibino, Lipetsk region. The results of expertise of V.G. Shukhov’s tower in Polibino 1. The tower’s foundation is in a breakdown condition. The lower supporting ring of the tower is considerably corroded (up to 30% of the initial thickness of metal). There are deep cracks on the ring’s elements. That’s why in order to prevent the breakdown of the construction, it is urgently necessary to replace all the elements of the plinth. Corrosion and cracks on the supporting ring of V.G. Shukhov’s tower. Polibino, 2009. 2. The tower’s foundation is destroyed by 30%. The biggest degree of destruction is in its upper part, on the border with the steel supporting ring. There is a threat that the tower may tear from the foundation with strong wind, that’s why it is urgently necessary to restore the foundation. Condition of the first hyperboloid tower’s foundation. Polibino, 2009. 3. The tower’s staircase is in a breakdown condition. It is urgently necessary to fasten the lower part of the staircase, to put part of the stairs, to reinforce the upper part of the fastening. Corrosion of the first hyperboloid tower’s tank. Polibino, 2009. 4. 80% of the tower tank’s angle plates are destroyed by corrosion and it is necessary to replace them. 5. The upper observation platform is destroyed and it is necessary to restore in accordance with the initial construction. The complete protocol of the tower’s examination by the specialists of company “AMSTROY” with 37 photographs of its construction and elements may be downloaded here. In order to prevent further destruction of Shukhov’s tower it is also necessary to make the anticorrosion treatment of metal. 610-meter lattice hyperboloid TV tower in Guangzhou (China). A month ago there was completed the construction of the 610-meter hyperboloid lattice TV tower— shell in Guangzhou (China). In 2000 the famous Norman Foster covered the court of the British Museum in London with Shukhov’s lattice shell. Such constructions may be found in Barcelona, Zurich, Beijing, Kobe, Budapest, Milan, Doha and other cities of the world. The first prototype of all these XXI century constructions is the lattice tower-shell in Polibino constructed in 1896. It is necessary to preserve the world’s first tower of V.G. Shukhov as a masterpiece of the world’s art of engineering. The “Shukhov Tower” Foundation urges you to make a donation for the anti-breakdown repair of the world’s first hyperboloid construction in Polibino!
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