Ep 71 Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse

Engineering News – Counterfeit Part Detection (0:40)

This week's engineering failure is the Tacoma Narrows Bridge (4:15). Designed by some of the same engineers (10:50) as the Golden Gate Bridge we talked about last episode, this bridge only stood for 3 months before collapsing (18:55). A full inquiry (21:00) discovered flaws in the lightweight design and a new, stronger bridge was built that’s still standing today (26:05).


Engineering News

Tacoma Narrows Bridge

Episode Summary

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Now on to this week’s engineering failure; the Tacoma Narrows bridge, also known as Galloping Gertie. 




New Bridge

 So there you have it, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapse. Even though the bridge collapsed three months after opening, it has been studied by engineers, physicists, and mathematicians for decades.

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