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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