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Primary Creator: Luten, Daniel B. (1869-1945)
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Daniel B. Luten, Designing and Consulting Engineer, Indianapolis, Indiana, was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1869. He was graduated from the University of Michigan in 1894 with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. He was then appointed Instructor in Civil Engineering at the University of Michigan, assistant to Professor Charles E. Greene, one of the foremost authorities on the elastic theory of arch analysis, and author of Greene's Graphic Method of Truss and Arch Analysis.
After one year he resigned this position to become Instructor in Architectural Engineering at Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana, including the courses in arch design and theory of hydraulics. In 1900 he resigned from the faculty of Purdue University to practice engineering, and after one year in general practice of roads and pavements, entered actively on the design and construction of reinforced concrete bridges. After 1901 he followed this specialty exclusively.
During the first five years he designed and contracted and erected approximately five hundred concrete bridges. After 1906 he limited his practice to design and supervision only and did not include contracting or construction. During the twenty-three years of experience in this specialty, he supervised the design of approximately 20,000 concrete bridges, of which over 13,000 have been erected of spans from five to 192 1/2 feet each.
He conducted numerous experiments on reinforced concrete and on arches and has published approximately one hundred articles in technical journals. Some of the more important are published in the following journals: Engineering News, February 15, 1900; June 13, 1901; May 8, 1902; March 5, 1905; May 11, 1905; March 29, 1906; May 3, 1906; May 10, 1906; May 24, 1906; June 28, 1906; July 19, 1906; September 27, 1906; February 27, 1908; June 19, 1913; Railroad Gazette, May 11, 18, 1900; September 12, 1902; October 3, 1902; April 20, 1906; Harper's Weekly, Sept. 22, 1900; Cement, July, 1905; August 15, 1908; Good Roads Magazine, November, 1906; October, 1908; January, 1909; Concrete, May, 1912; Journal of Western Society of Engineers, September, 1912.
He delivered numerous illustrated lectures on permanent bridges before engineering societies and was equipped with five hundred colored stereopticon views of bridges. He had an organized staff of twelve assistant engineers and thirty-five associate engineers located in all parts of the United States, Canada, and Australia. He made numerous improvements in design and erection of concrete bridges.
He was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Member of the American Federation of Arts, Member of the Western Society of Engineers, Member of the American Association of Engineers, Member of the American Society of Engineers, Member of the American Concrete Institute, Member of the American Roadbuilders Association, Member of the Indiana Engineering Society, Member of the Iowa Engineering Society, Member of Illinois Society of Engineers, Member Engineering Society of Wisconsin, Member of the Indiana Board for Registration of Professional Engineers, and registered as a Professional Engineer in all states requiring registration.
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Preferred Citation: MSF 235, Daniel B. Luten papers, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries
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Articles of Association of the Lafayette, Muncie and Bloomington Railroad Company. [no date available.]
Reprints by Daniel B. Luten:
The State's Duty, May 1898, Road Taxes by Daniel B. Luten, Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana.
The Trouble With Indiana Roads, Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science, 1898, pp. 75-80.
Methods of Testing Paving Brick, Road Maintenance, 1899, pp. 90-102.
Some Preliminary Notes on the Hygienic Value of Various Street Pavements as Determined by Bacteriological Analysis,, Burrage, Severance; Luten, D. B. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science, 1899, pp. 61-67.
Syllabus of Lectures on Roads and Pavements presented before the Civil Engineering Students of Purdue University by Daniel B. Luten, Instructor in Civil Engineering, 1900.
Timber Tie Arches (Patented May 15, 1900), by Daniel B. Luten, Part I [2 copies]
Timber Tie Arches (Patented May 15, 1900), Design of a Railroad Bridge of Concrete, by Daniel B. Luten, May 30, 1900, Part II
Bacterial Studies of the Healthfulness of Street Pavements of Lafayette, by Daniel B. Luten, Engineering News, vol. XLIV, no. 15, 1900, pp. 242-244.
Concrete-Steel Arch Bridges, Proceedings of the Indiana Engineering Society, 23rd Annual Report, 1903, pp. 112-114.
A Comparison of Bridge Waterways, by Daniel B. Luten, Proceedings of the Engineering Society, 29th Annual Report, 1909, pp. 46-56.
Report of Committee on Bridges, Proceedings of the Indiana Engineering Society, 1909, pp. 79-85.
The Indiana Bridge Law, Proceedings of the Indiana Engineering Society, 34th Annual Report, 1914, pp. 85-96, by Daniel B. Luten, Member: President of National Bridge Company, Indianapolis [2 copies]
Beneficial Effects of Good Roads, [no publication information], pp. 10-12.
A New Paving Brick Testing Machine, Written for The Clay-Worker, by D. B. Luten, [no other publication information available.]
The Trouble With American Highways, by Daniel B. Luton, pp. 499-502, [no other publication information is available.]
Reinforced Concrete Bridges of Luten Design, by Daniel B. Luten, 1917; photographs color/black and white. [3 copies]
Reinforced Concrete Bridges of Luten Design, by Daniel B. Luten, [no date or other publication information available]; photographs, color/black and white.
Reinforced Concrete Bridges of Luten Design, by Daniel B. Luten, 1924; photographs color/black and white. [2 copies]