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Bridge Design (and Destruction) Part 1

5 minutes 8 seconds

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This two-part video introduces the different types of bridges. In part one, simple beam and arch bridges are introduced. The design of each bridge is shown schematically along with the load distribution. The advantages and limitations of each type of bridge is also discussed. Technical concepts covered include tension, compression, bending, span, force balances, material selection, and beam/cable design. Part of "Bridge Design (and Destruction)" series.

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Runtime: 5 minutes 8 seconds

A board with figures and a heavy object in the center bends downward in the center. Caption: You see that as the load increases, the bridge bends,
Bridge Design (and Destruction)
Episode 1
5 minutes 8 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12
A board with interlocking triangular cutout supports running parallel to the board has figures on it and a heavy object in the center. The outermost edges of the triangular supports have buckled. Caption: The outer segments of the truss are the first to break.
Bridge Design (and Destruction)
Episode 2
4 minutes 29 seconds
Grade Level: 7 - 12