|MadSci Network: Engineering|
For a fun end of the year activity in my physics class we are having a bridge- off which is won by the highest bridge weight/load weight ratio. The problem is my teacher has taught us little that applies to bridges. I know that I need to distribute the weight away from the center because the load will hang from there only. In researching truss designs I found an old query about truss bridges where you stated that if the load where in the center the bridge should be made taller instead of wider. My bridge will be built with white glue, 1/8" x 1/8" strips of cedar (I think)and can have no under the road supports. Can you tell me if an arched bridge (I have a way to bend the strips) with some type of trussing (maybe Warren) would follow the principle you spoke of with the taller not wider idea. If I'm going the wrong way please redirect.
Re: Re: An old query on truss bridges
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