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13 Beam Bridge consists of a horizontal beam supported at each end by piers. The weight of the beam pushes straight down on the piers. The farther apart its piers, the weaker the beam becomes.beampiers

14 Beam Bridge: Forces When something pushes down on the beam, the beam bends. Its top edge is pushed together, and its bottom edge is pulled apart. beambends

15 Continuous Span Beam Bridge several beam bridges can be linked together, creating what is called a continuous span. Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

16 Moveable Bridge has a deck that moves. A swing bridge has a deck that rotates around a center point; a drawbridge has a deck that can be raised and lowered; a bascule bridge deck is raised with counterweights like a drawbridge; the deck of a lift bridge is raised vertically like a massive elevator.

17 George P. Coleman Bridge – A Swing Beam Bridge


19 Truss Bridge consists of an assembly of triangles. Truss bridges are commonly made from a series of straight, steel bars.steel Complex Truss Bridge - Cantilever bridge - Firth of Forth Bridge, Scotland

20 Truss Bridge: Forces Every bar in this cantilever bridge experiences either a pushing or pulling force. The bars rarely bend. This is why cantilever bridges can span farther than beam bridges.cantilever forcebendspan beam bridges


22 Arch Bridge has great natural strength. Thousands of years ago, Romans built arches out of stone. Today, most arch bridges are made of steel or concrete.steelconcrete Ancient Roman aqueduct Segovia, Spain

23 Arch Bridge: Forces The arch is squeezed together, and this squeezing force is carried outward along the curve to the supports at each end. The supports, called abutments, push back on the arch and prevent the ends of the arch from spreading apart.force


25 Suspension Bridge can span 2,000 to 7,000 feet -- way farther than any other type of bridge! Most suspension bridges have a truss system beneath the roadway to resist bending and twisting.trussbending Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco

26 Suspension Bridge: Forces In all suspension bridges, the roadway hangs from massive steel cables, which are draped over two towers and secured into solid concrete blocks, called anchorages, on both ends of the bridge.steelcablestowersconcrete The cars push down on the roadway, but because the roadway is suspended, the cables transfer the load into compression in the two towers. The two towers support most of the bridge's weight.loadcompression

27 Forces on Suspension Bridge

28 Suspension: Cable-stayed bridge The cable-stayed bridge, like the suspension bridge, supports the roadway with massive steel cables, but in a different way. The cables run directly from the roadway up to a tower, forming a unique "A" shape. suspension bridgesteelcablestower Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Florida


30 The Bridge Challenge Welcome to Craggy Rock! You got here just in time. This growing community needs four new bridges, and they're very picky about what they want!

31 Bridge Challenge Test your engineering skills and try to match the right bridge to the right location. You may use each bridge type only once - - that's a direct order from the mayor of Craggy Rock. Good luck!

32 What Types of Bridge can you choose from? Beam Arch Truss Suspension

33 Location 1: Multi-lane bridge for commuters and tourists Multi-lane bridge for commuters and tourists Location 2: Footbridge across a stream Footbridge across a stream Location 3: Highway bridge across a busy shipping port Highway bridge across a busy shipping port Location 4: Railroad bridge in a national park Railroad bridge in a national park

34 Special Notes: "I want a one-of-a-kind bridge that will span our beautiful river and welcome visitors from all over the world to our thriving city. Make sure the new bridge leaves enough room for sailboats on the river. Please don't build a bridge that looks like the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco or the Brooklyn Bridge in New York." -- Mayor of Craggy RockspanGolden Gate Bridge Brooklyn Bridge Location 1: Build a multi-lane bridge for commuters and tourists Span: 2,000 feet Crossing: River Connects: City and major highway

35 What kind of bridge should you build? (Select one) Beam Suspension Drawbridge Arch

36 Location 1: Drawbridge A drawbridge is the best choice for this location. Drawbridges, like the Tower Bridge in London, England, can be quite majestic. They're also practical because they open to allow the passage of boats and ships. The mayor is delighted with your selection!drawbridgeTower Bridge

37 But there is a problem!!!

38 Convenience & Beauty!! In one of the rowdiest town meetings ever, the residents of Craggy Rock spoke out against the new drawbridge. "It's ugly," one angry resident said, "and there's always traffic on the bridge. They open it for boats, but what about us? We have to get to work, too!"

39 Which bridge will you choose? The mayor is begging you to build a new bridge. The local steelworkers are on strike, so she advises you to build a bridge with as little steel as possible.steel Cable-Stayed Bridge Cantilever Bridge Combination: Arch and Beam

40 Cable-Stayed Bridge Great Choice! It is one of the most popular bridge types in recent years. The roadway hangs from cables like a suspension bridge, forming a unique "A" shape. The mayor is happy because the bridge is made mostly of concrete, a relatively cheap material. The residents are thrilled because ships can pass beneath the bridge without causing traffic jams!suspension bridgeconcrete

41 Special Notes: "We're tired of getting bumped off the road by angry drivers! We want a simple bridge -- one that will connect the bike paths in East and West Craggy Rock over the city stream. We don't have much money, so we're not asking for much. We just want to get to work every day without risking our lives!" -- Craggy Rock Bike-n-Blade Coalition Location 2: Build a bridge for rollerbladers and bikers Span: 100 feet Crossing: Stream Connects: Two bike paths

42 What kind of bridge should you build? (Select one) Beam Suspension Drawbridge Arch

43 Location 2: Beam Bridge This is an excellent spot for a beam bridge. Beam bridges typically span up to 250 feet, and they're also the cheapest and easiest bridges to build. Congrats -- you've just made a lot of rollerbladers and bikers very happy!beam bridgespan

44 But there is a problem!!!

45 Flash Flood! When it rains, the city stream rises. A really strong storm could cause flash floods, turning the stream into a raging river. Piles of rocks and a wall of gooey mud could push on the piers of the concrete beam bridge and cause it to topple. Luckily, you can fix it before that happens!piers concretebeam bridge

46 How will you build a new, flood- proof bridge? Build deeper piers? Build a higher deck? Use stronger material?

47 Deeper Piers Good Idea!! One of the best ways to strengthen a bridge in a flood zone is to set the piers deeper into the ground. The deeper the piers are lodged into the ground, the harder it is to knock them over. The next time floodwaters pound on the piers of your new bridge, it probably won't budge!piers

48 Special Notes: "Our records indicate that more than 500 ships pass through Craggy Rock Harbor each day. Please build a bridge that does not block the flow of water traffic. We do not want angry sailors or congestion of any kind in our harbor. Thank you." -- The United States Coast Guard Location 3: Build a highway bridge across a busy shipping port Span: 5,000 feet Crossing: Ocean bay Connects: Island and mainland

49 What kind of bridge should you build? (Select one) Beam Suspension Drawbridge Arch

50 Location 3: Suspension Bridge This is an ideal location for a suspension bridge. Suspension bridges, like the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge in Japan, can span great distances and still leave room for passing ships and boats. The U.S. Coast Guard is thrilled with your selection!suspension bridge Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

51 But there is another problem!!!

52 Hurricane Winds Your new bridge is moving up and down a lot in the wind! This isn't a big problem under normal conditions, but what if a hurricane were to blow through town? It could cause the bridge to move too much, or even twist so violently that it would snap in half!

53 How can you strengthen the bridge to resist strong winds? Stiffen the deck with an open truss? Stiffen the deck with a solid steel girder? Make the bridge narrower?

54 Open Truss Good Idea! This is a great solution! By adding an open truss beneath the deck of the bridge, you've designed a structure that is less likely to move up and down a lot on a gusty day, because the wind will blow right through it! Since the Tacoma Narrows Bridge disaster in 1940, many major suspension bridges have been built with a stiffening truss.trussdeckTacoma Narrows Bridgesuspension bridgesstiffening

55 On the morning of November 7, 1940, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge twisted violently in 42-mile-per-hour winds and collapsed into the cold waters of the Puget Sound. The disaster -- which luckily took no human lives -- shook the engineering community and forever changed the way bridges were built around the world. Engineer Leon Moisseiff had designed the ultimate in slender bridges and strengthened his narrow bridge with a solid steel girder beneath the roadway. But soon after it opened, the Tacoma Narrows started behaving strangely. Wind caused the bridge to sway back and forth, and it also sent rippling waves along the deck. The Tacoma Narrows tore itself apart only four months later.steeldeck Tacoma Narrows Bridge Tacoma Narrows Bridge disaster, 1940

56 Truss Support is Important! Years later, engineers found that the solid girders actually blocked the wind and caused the slender bridge to twist. The twisting bridge fanned the steady wind into a swirling motion, which caused the bridge to twist even more -- and eventually snap in two. The Tacoma Narrows Bridge was replaced in 1950 by a new bridge stiffened with a truss. Rather than blocking the wind, the open truss allowed the wind to blow through the new bridge.truss

57 Tacoma Narrows Bridge Tacoma Narrows Bridge disaster,1940 Thought youd like to see some pictures of what happened to this narrow suspension bridge.


59 Special Notes: "We do not want the new bridge to detract from the natural beauty of Craggy Rock National Park. Please build a simple and elegant bridge -- one that does not have towers or piers." -- The National Park Service towerspiers Location 4: Build a railroad bridge in a national park Span: 500 feet Crossing: Deep river gorge Connects: Two rocky bluffs

60 What kind of bridge should you build? (Select one) Beam Suspension Drawbridge Arch

61 Location 4: Arch Bridge This is the perfect spot for an arch bridge. The rocky bluffs will support the abutments, and no towers or piers are needed because the arch shape can support itself.arch bridge abutmentstowerspiers

62 But, of course, there is another problem!!!

63 Concrete Has Weathered! Twenty years have passed. You're an older, wiser, and wealthier engineer. The phone rings. It's the National Park Service. Chunks of concrete are falling from the arch bridge into the gorge. Twenty years of cold weather have chewed away at the bridge. It's time to replace the cracking concrete with a new material.concretearch bridge

64 Which new material will you choose? Wood? Steel? Cast Iron?

65 New Material: Steel In fact, the world's longest spanning arch bridge, the New River Gorge Bridge in West Virginia, is made entirely of steel. Steel is strong in compression, the squeezing force that all arch bridges experience. Steel can also be arranged into a lightweight truss pattern, like the Garabit Bridge in France.spanningarch bridgeNew River Gorge Bridgesteel strongcompressionforcetrussGarabit Bridge

66 You Did It!!!!!!

67 Well Done!!

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