Structural Analysis (6th Edition)

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CEE212 – Structural and Solid Mechanics Winter Semester 2006-2007 Homework #8 (Due March 26, 2007) You are hired by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to carry out a review of the Point Pleasant Bridge failure which occurred in 1971. This catastrophe was the result of fatigue failure of a critical bridge connection. The Point Pleasant Bridge is perhaps one of the most important bridge failures in the history of the United States in that it ushered in Congress mandating bi- annual inspection of all highway bridges in the United States. As a result, the aging national inventory of highway bridges (currently over 583,000 bridges) undergoes inspection every two years as part of the federal National Bridge Inspection Program (NBIP).
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Unformatted text preview: Find one scholarly review article (in a professional journal such ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering , Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, Civil Engineering , among others) and provide the client (FHWA) with an executive summary detailing the cause of the collapse. The intended audience of the executive summary is a group of structural engineers so draw on the concepts of the class to describe the cause of the bridge failure. If a detailed engineering drawing assists your efforts, feel free to provide one to support your summary. Also, please limit your executive summary to 450 words. When you submit your assignment, please submit it along with the scholarly journal article found....
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