Othmar Ammann and the Bayonne Bridge and George Washington Bridge

Description: Themes: Historical Context: the development of Othmar Ammann as a structural artist; Wilhem Ritter and Gustave Lindenthal's influence on Ammann; Two of New York's significant bridges: The Bayonne and Goerge Washington bridges.

Learning Objectives: Students should be able to: Identify Othmar Ammann's two greatest mentors and what influence they had; Recall scientific, social and symbolic aspects of the Bayonne Bridge; Recall the scientific, social and symbolic aspects of the George Washington Bridge; Contrast the works of Lindenthal and Ammann, highlighting the different aesthetic and design choices of each designer; Relate the form of a trussed arch bridge to the forces in the structure; Predict how changing the shape of the bridge affects the forces in the cables; Compare and contrast the Bayonne Bridge and the Hell Gate Bridge on the grounds of structural art.

Keywords:  /*-->*/ steel, Ammann, Lindenthal, Ritter, arched bridge, suspension bridge, hollow box bridge, lenticular truss, cable force, live load

Categories: Structural EngineeringPrinceton University, Bridges

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