STRUCTURES 2700 tavaris Brooks, Clemson university, Spring 2017
LIVE LOAD TEST
After closely examining the collapse of my bridge it seems that the bridge gave out at the far right and left sides. I believe that this occurred because the middle of the bridge was reinforced by two dowels, while the far right and left sides of the bridge depended on the strength of a single dowel. This caused the edges of my bridge to be significantly weaker than the center. Also, the vertical beams of my bridge were not evenly spaced, causing the hangings rope, which suspended the weights, to not line up with the vertical dowels causing an uneven distribution of weight throughout the bridge. Lastly, a few of my vertical dowels were uneven in height, this caused some of these dowels to become very loose, adding to the instability of the bridge as a whole.