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abutments supports at the end of an arch bridges that carry the load ad keep the ends from spreading out.
spandrels vertical supports of an arch bridge used to distribute the weight of the roadway to the arch below.
anchorages securing devices that are embedded in the soil rock or massive concrete blocks that spread cables over a large area to evenly distribute the load and preserve the cables from breaking .
span the distance between two bridges supports.
compression a force that acts to compress or shorten the thing it is acting on.
tension a force that acts to expand or lengthen the thing it is acting on.
buckling what happens when tension overcomes an object's ability to handle compression
snapping what happens when tension overcomes an object's ability to handle tension.
dissipate to spread force over a greater area so that no one spot ha to bear the brunt of the concentrate force.
transfer to move force from an area of weakness to an area of strength.
truss supporting lattice work added to create very tall beams that add rigidity to an existing beam greatly increase its ability to dissipate the compression and tension.
torsion a rotational or twisting force
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