John Augustus Roebling and the Brooklyn Bridge

Description: Themes: Brooklyn Bridge as an indicator of progress in the field of engineering; John A. Roebling as a structural artist; Cultural significance of the Brooklyn Bridge

Learning Objectives: Students should be able to: Describe the role of John A. Roebling in bridge design and trace the development of his significant bridges; Evaluate Brooklyn Bridge from the scientific, social and symblic perspectives, Outline the measures that Roebling put in place to resist wind loads (learning from the failure of Charles Ellet's Wheeling Bridge); Relate the form of a structure to the forces that the structure is designed to withstand.

Keywords iron, steel, masonry, Roebling, suspension bridge, dead load, live load, load path, Niagara River Bridge

Categories: Princeton University, Bridges

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