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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