Monday, January 07, 2008

Warren Deck Truss Simulation

This bridge is a computer model designed using free software called West Point Designer, which is available from the US Military Academy website.

The software lets you build a virtual bridge, calculate its cost and test its strength with a dynamic load. Get it wrong and the bridge collapses! You can submit your successful design to the USMA website to see how your bridge compares to the designs of others based on cost. It's a great way to learn how bridge truss configuration contributes to strength.