Understanding Load Paths Part 4; Providing Lateral Stability

Understanding Load Paths Part 4: Providing Lateral Stability

Structural Analysis & Lateral Stability So far in this series our structural analysis has focused on how vertical forces are transmitted from the point of application, through the structure, and back down to the ground via the foundations. Before we can wrap up the analysis of this bridge, we need to think about the lateral […]

Understanding Load Paths Part 3; Truss Analysis

Understanding Load Paths Part 3: Truss Analysis and Force Transmission

So far in this series (part 1 & part 2) we’ve worked out how the wheel loads from a truck make their way into each of the trusses that make up the Fort Atkinson Truss Bridge. In this post we’ll dive into some truss analysis and utilise both the Joint Resolution Method and the Method […]

Understanding Load Paths Part 2: The Fort Atkinson Truss Bridge

Understanding Load Paths Part 2: The Fort Atkinson Truss Bridge

Case Study: The Fort Atkinson Truss Bridge – Iowa. In the previous post we introduced the concept of a load path and highlighted some of the differences between structural models and the actual behaviour of structures. In this post we’ll tease out the load path concept a little further. From here on we’ll base the […]

Understanding Load Paths Part 1; Structural Models Versus The Real World

Understanding Load Paths Part 1: Structural Models Versus The Real World

Welcome to the DegreeTutors Blogtorial. As the name suggests, these posts will be a mixture of the traditional blog post and an engineering tutorial. The hope is that I can give you some useful engineering information in a reasonably interesting way, or at least not in a formal lecture style. The first topic I’ll dive […]