Tag: bridge engineering

Forces at Work: Cantilever Bridges

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Cantilever bridges are subject to the two basic forces that are in effect for all bridges. These forces are compression and tension. In a cantilever bridge, with the space between the cantilevered portion spanned by a suspended deck, the compression and tension are straightforward. As you can see in this diagram above, from Merriam-Webster, a […]

Types of Bridges: Cantilever

Cantilever Bridge

There are four main types of bridges. The cantilever bridge is one type. It gets its name because it is built using cantilevers – horizontal structures that are supported on only one end. (Think diving board.) With a cantilever bridge, there is a structure that supports one end of the deck. This deck structure can […]

Forces at Work: Beam Bridges

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Beam bridges are subject to the two basic forces that are in effect for all bridges. These forces are compression and tension. These forces are at work in a beam bridge in an arguably more direct manner than in other bridges. With a beam bridge, with its single deck, the deck itself is subject to […]

Types of Bridges: Beam

Beam Bridge

You may not ever have given it any thought – BUT – did you know there are four main types of bridges? One is the beam bridge. If you picture a fallen log across a stream, brook, or river, you are picturing a beam bridge at its simplest. As you picture this fallen log turned […]