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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 […]

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: Suspension

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One of the four main types of bridges is the suspension bridge. These bridges are generally long and somewhat imposing. The towers that are essential to the structural integrity of these bridges loom large. They make these spanning structures hard to miss. The towers are not just for effect. They are the support for the […]