Saturday, August 23, 2008

Tacoma Narrows Bridge

For a structures engineer, a visit to Tacoma is not complete without seeing & crossing the suspension bridge. The original bridge callapsed in 1940 due to wind-induced oscillation. The event was captured on film and has entertained/amazed engineering students ever since. (For more info & the video, click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galloping_Gertie).


7 comments:

marley said...

The bridge is really nice and your photos are good but the video is unbelievable! That is just insane!

melanie said...

Cela fait longtemps que je n'étais pas venue. Dommage pour moi car vous avez de très belles photos, colorées et bien construites.

babooshka said...

This make by bidge look like toy bridge.Amazing sense of space.

Ackworth Born said...

The bridge designers got villified but in fact the amount of details people got afterwards has led to great improvements in the design of later bridges.
I've watched that video many times over the years but it is the post-analysis that fascinates me more these days.

Virginia said...

Where exactly were you when you took this? Hanging by your heels off the top? Wow. What a gorgeous structure.

Maya said...

Stunning shots! I love the green color on the bridge against the blue sky!

jill said...

What was your vantage point for the first photo? It was fortunate that the bridge collapse was caught on film.