The Third Golden Age Of Bridges

A review of five new bridges featuring latest technology, materials, and designs.
January 5, 2005, 2pm PST | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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"[A]n explosion of new designs and materials is creating a third golden age of bridge building. Cable-stays transfer the load on the roadway to towers via radiating wires. Electromagnetic dampers and giant underwater shock absorbers resist the kinetic energy of wind, quakes, and collisions. Sensors - fiber-optic cables, digital cameras, and accelerometers - let engineers know how bridges are holding up in real time. And higher-performing steel, concrete, and carbon fiber-reinforced polymers are making spans lighter, stronger, longer, and taller."

Thanks to Adam Rogers

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Published on Wednesday, January 5, 2005 in Wired
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