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Structures/Bridge

TermDefinition
compression the application of balanced inward ("pushing") forces to different points on a material or structure
suspension bridge a bridge in which the weight of the deck is supported by vertical cables suspended from larger cables that run between towers and are anchored in abutments at each end.
dissipate a process in which energy (internal, bulk flow kinetic, or system potential) is transformed from some initial form to some final form
buckle To bend in a lateral direction by a longitudinal pressure.
tension the state of being stretched tight.
stable not likely to give way or overturn; firmly fixed
torsion the state of being twisted
cantilever a long projecting beam or girder fixed at only one end, used in bridge construction.
buckling When a structure is subjected to compression stress
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 joint between two parts of a structure, designed to compensate for the contraction to which either part may be subject
transfer move from one place to another.
pier s an upright support for a structure or superstructure such as an arch or bridge
truss a framework, typically consisting of rafters, posts, and struts, supporting a roof, bridge, or other structure
arch bridge a bridge with abutments at each end shaped as a curved arch
force an exertion of pressure either focused toward or pulling away from an object, and is applied either by another object or something such as gravity or magnetism
beam bridge implest structural forms for bridge spans supported by an abutment or pier at each end
span (of a bridge, arch, etc.) extend from side to side of.
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