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Re: Tacoma Narrows bridge collapse

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There was a nova or discovery special that highlighted the Tacoma bridge as
well as several others of similar design and the problems, retrofits, etc.
It's been a while but was a great program.  You might try the Nova or
Discovery (maybe PBS) web sites.

Paul Feather
----- Original Message -----
From: "Drew Morris" <dmorris(--nospam--at)alaska.com>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Sent: Tuesday, November 13, 2001 8:18 PM
Subject: Re: Tacoma Narrows bridge collapse


> k s raghavan wrote:
>
> > Dear all,
> >
> > 1. Is there a final technical report covering all the aspects of failure
> > which is
> > accepted by all the experts.
> >
>
> I don't know, although there are references on the Internet as you
> discovered.  There may have been a report after the collapse in 1940 (?).
>
>
> >
> > 2. Is it possible to construct a new bridge that would behave in the
> > same way as the ill fated bridge.
> >
>
> Yes, but why.  There is a bridge in Maine that had similar dynamic
> problems.  They ended up adding something to the cables or rails to change
> the aerodynamics.  Sorry this isn't very clear, it was in an article I
read
> some years back.
>
>
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