Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse
The 1940 Tacoma Narrows Bridge, the first bridge at this location, was a suspension bridge in the U.S. state of Washington that spanned the Tacoma Narrows strait of Puget Sound between Tacoma and the Kitsap Peninsula. Throughout its short existence, the bridge's collapse has been described as "spectacular" and in subsequent decades "has attracted the attention of engineers, physicists, and mathematicians".
This presentation introduces the bridge and the design intent behind its construction. It continues to discuss the underlying issues responsible for its failure. The presentation ends by discussing the aftermath of its failure and the design and engineering lessons learned for future bridge construction.
This 1 PDH online interactive presentation is applicable to architects, civil and structural engineers, project managers, construction and design personnel, and technical staff who are interested in gaining a better understanding of the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.
This continuing education interactive presentation is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:
- Introducing the Tacoma Narrows Bridge construction and its collapse
- Discussing the design intent behind the construction of the bridge
- Learning about the failure of the design and the causes behind it
- Familiarizing with the design and engineering lessons learned from the bridge’s failure and ultimate collapse
- Understanding the measures taken after the bridge’s collapse
- Learning how future bridge construction benefited from the design lessons of the failed bridge
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