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Bridge Design

Subject : engineering
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1. A retaining wall that supports the ends of a bridge. It may be built of stone - bedrock - wood - iron - or concrete.

2. A heavy column of wood - steel - or reinforced concrete sunk vertically into a stream or riverbed to support a bridge (also commonly used for docks and wharves). When the stream or river is not stabe (soft silt or mud) pilings or groups of piles are

3. A drain - pipe - or channel that allows water to pass under a road - railroad - or embankment.

4. A beam aligned with the length of a span that supports the deck

5. The stress a bridge must carry in the form of cars - trucks - people - trains - etc. This weight or load is constantly changing. Hopefully a bridge will carry MANY times it's own weight.

6. A welded truss perpendicular to the main trusses - used to support the deck

7. A force that causes part of a material to slide past one another in opposite direction

8. A horizontal structural member supporting verticle loads by bending

9. The horizontal space between two supports of a structure

10. A structural member connecting the upper and lower chords on the diagonal (as opposed to the vertical).

11. A structural member that projects beyond a supporting column or wall and is supported only at one end.

12. A bridge typically composed of straight structural elements connected to form triangles.

13. A structural steel member with two flat flanges separated by a horizontal steel plate (web) to form an 'H'

14. The vertical member connecting the upper and lower chords at the like- numbered nodes.

15. A bridge bearing comprising of a single roller or a group of rollers housed so as to permit longitun=dinal expansion or contraction

16. A metal plate used to unite multiple structural members of a truss

17. A steel member within a non - load- path- redundnat structure - the failure of which would cause a partial or total collapse of the structure

18. A plate that joins two chord members of a truss of that is used to extend the length of a member

19. A bridge status assigned by the FHA under the National Bridge Inspection Standards. This type of bridge was built to the standards of the day but are not used today. These bridges are not considered inherently unsafe - but they may have lane widths -

20. The bridge structure that supports the superstructure and transfers loads from it to the ground or bedrock. the main components are abutments - piers - footings - and pilings.

21. A force that pushes or presses toward the center of an object or from the ends toward the middle of a structural member. Compression shortens the material. It is the opposite of tension.

22. The vertical or upright supports.

23. A metal fastener

24. A force that stretches or pulls on a material. Tension lengthens a material - any material.

25. The bottom horizontal member of a truss. It extends the length of the deck truss but consists of shorter chord members spliced together

26. A connecting point where the upper and lower chords were joined

27. Any member of a truss that is subjected to tensile forces

28. An individual angle - beam - plate - or built- up piece intended to become an integral part of an assembled frame or structure

29. The top horizontal member of a truss. the upper chord extends the length of the deck truss but it is made uyp of shorter chord memebers joined at nodes.

30. A structure that allows people or vehicles to cross an obstacle such as a river or canal or railway etc.

31. A structural steel shape - such as an angle - that is attached to a flat plate such as a gusset plate or the web of a member to add compression strength

32. A truss member that is subjected to compressive forces.

33. A basic underlying element- infrastructure. The bottom or lowest part of a structure.

34. In metal - a brittle cracking mechanism caused by repitive loading over time

35. The vertical portion of an 'I' beam or girder

36. In a bridge truss - a diagonal timber or support that slants away from the midpoint of the bridge.

37. Frameworks of beams or girders used for support. A truss can be metal (steel) or of wooden construction.

38. Horizontal timbers or support at top and bottom between which vertical posts and diagonal braces are attached. (counter braces)

39. Act of twisting; twisting of a body by two opposing forces

40. A vertical structure that supports the ends of a multispan superstructure at a location between abutments

41. A loss of metal usually resulting from corrosion - that reduces the thickness of a steel bridge component

42. The stress above which permanent (plastic) deformation occurs

43. A device located between the bridge structure and a supporting pier or abutment

44. Bracing that spans between the main beams or girders of a bridge and assists in the distribution on loads

45. The weight of all columns - beams - floors - roadways - arches - and other components of a bridge. The weight of the bridge itself.

46. A bridge support bearing that accommodates thermal expansion and contraction of the superstructure through a rocking action

47. The bridge structure that receives and supports traffic loads and in turn transfers those loads to the substructure.