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bridges

Structures

TermDefinition
Compression the action of compressing or being compressed.
Suspension Bridge A suspension bridge is a type of bridge in which the deck (the load-bearing portion) is hung below suspension cables on vertical suspenders. The first modern examples of this type of bridge were built in the early 1800s.
Dissipate Buckle spot has to bear the brunt of the concentrated force. To transfer force is to move it from. an area of weakness to an area of strength, an area designed to handle the force.
Tension the state of being stretched tight.
Stable (of an object or structure) not likely to give way or overturn; firmly fixed.
Torsion the action of twisting or the state of being twisted, especially of one end of an object relative to the other.
Lever a rigid bar resting on a pivot, used to help move a heavy or firmly fixed load with one end when pressure is applied to the other.
Cantilever a long projecting beam or girder fixed at only one end, used in bridge construction.
Buckling fasten or decorate with a buckle.
Cable a thick rope of wire or nonmetallic fiber, typically used for construction, mooring ships, and towing vehicles.
Rigid unable to bend or be forced out of shape; not flexible.
Abutment a structure built to support the lateral pressure of an arch or span, e.g. at the ends of a bridge.
Beam a long, sturdy piece of squared timber or metal spanning an opening or part of a building, usually to support the roof or floor above.
Snapping the action of breaking suddenly and completely, typically with a sharp cracking sound.
Joint a point at which parts of an artificial structure are joined.
Transfer move from one place to another.
Pier a platform supported on pillars or girders leading out from the shore into a body of water, used as a landing stage for boats.
Truss a framework, typically consisting of rafters, posts, and struts, supporting a roof, bridge, or other structure.
Arch bridge An arch bridge is a bridge with abutments at each end shaped as a curved arch. Arch bridges work by transferring the weight of the bridge and its loads partially into a horizontal thrust restrained by the abutments at either side.
Force strength or energy as an attribute of physical action or movement.
Beam Bridge Beam bridges , also known as stringer bridges, are the simplest structural forms for bridge spans supported by an abutment or pier at each end. No moments are transferred throughout the support, hence their structural type is known as simply supported.
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