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the West Point bridge design contest software might give a nice and simple graphical demonstration of a failure . . then beef up a size to show how we make it work.

Rich Kipke

On Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 11:23 AM, Christopher Wright <chrisw(--nospam--at)> wrote:

On Jan 27, 2010, at 8:27 AM, Patrick Busick wrote:

I’ve never really done this before. I asked my wife, but she really doesn’t know anything that is prepared beforehand and nothing specifically about structural engineering.
I've done it a couple of times, including for my own kids. I've always found that properly chosen horror stories work real well. Destruction really catches the eye, even if it's just a tinker toy model. Finite element models look whizzy but only for a few minutes. So you should probably have several with different deflection plots, all animated.  When you get into explaining why you're doing it, eyes tend to glaze over. I had my best luck when there was something to pick up or climb around.

Christopher Wright P.E. |"They couldn't hit an elephant at
chrisw(--nospam--at)   | this distance" (last words of Gen.
.......................................| John Sedgwick, Spotsylvania 1864)

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