A bridge having a curved structure. The design provides strength by exerting force downwards and sideways against the abutments.
A hinged bridge that acts like a seesaw. Sections can be lifted using weights as a counterbalance.
The simplest type of bridge. It is made from a rigid, straight structure resting on supports at either end.
A modern design of bridge in which the deck is supported by cables directly attached to towers.
Similar to the beam bridge, this design gets its support from counterbalanced beams meeting in the middle of the bridge rather than from supports at either end.
A type of bridge in which the deck hangs from wires attached to thick cables. The cables themselves pass over towers and are securely anchored in concrete anchorages.
A type of beam bridge, reinforced by a framework of girders that form triangular shapes.
The distributions of weights on a structure.
A push or pull. In the case of bridges, it is applied to the bridge in the form of a load.
A force that tends to distort the shape of a structure
A force that tends to shorten, push or squeeze a structure.
A force that tends to lengthen or stretch part of a structure
The strain produced when a material is twisted.
A force that acts to move a material in a sideways motion.
An arrangement that is balanced and equal on opposite sides of a central dividing line
A condition that occurs when structures bend under compression.
The weight of the bridge’s structure.
The weight of traffic using the bridge.
A framework of girders, some in tension and some in compression, comprising triangles and other stable shapes.
It is a structure that makes it easier to cross a barrier.

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