The Golden Gate Bridge

Description: Themes: Conceptual development for the design of the Golden Gate Bridge; Social story of the Golden Gate bridge; Joseph Strauss' role in the construction of the bridge; Charles Anton Ellis, Leon Moissieff, and Othmar Ammann as consultants of design and construction.

Learning Objectives: Students should be able to: Understand who designed the Golden Gate Bridge and how to build a suspension bridge; Understand what aspect of the appearance of the bridge makes it 'lose points' in defining it as structural art; Trace the influences of Amman's George Washington Bridge on the design of the Golden Gate Bridge; Identify the major retrofit made to the bridge to increase wind resistance and relate the cross-sectional shape of the deck to its stiffness; Contrast the roles of Charles Ellis and Joseph Strauss in the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge; Predict how changing the shape of a suspension bridge will affect the thickness of the main cable; Appreciate the challenges in building the cables for long span suspension bridges; Describe the social, scientific and symbolic aspects of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Keywords:  /*-->*/ steel, Ammann, Moissieff, Ellis, Strauss, suspension bridge, construction of suspension bridge, wind load, architectural art vs structural art

Categories: Structural EngineeringPrinceton University, Bridges

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