These are the forces acting in your bridge.
Notice the gussets at the intersections of the members.
Triangles are key to the success of your truss bridge.
Notice that the truss is not only on the FRONT view of the bridge.
Trusses are used in the SIDE view
Bridge Failures / Disasters
The force of nature, specifically weather, is by far the hardest to combat. Rain, ice, wind and
salt can each bring down a bridge on its own, and in combination they most certainly will.
Bridge designers have learned th
Additional Bridge Forces
Buckling & Snapping
Compression and tension are present in all bridges, and it's the job of the bridge design to handle
these forces without buckling or snapping. Buckling is what happens when the force of
compression overcomes an