Simple Suspension Bridge

This product helps students to understand how loads affect tension in the suspension cable supporting the ‘deck’ of a suspension bridge. Students add loads to the deck held by the suspension cable between two supports. A load cell in the left-hand support measures the cable tension.

This product includes additional masses so students may apply a uniformly distributed load (UDL) and a single point load.

Learning Outcomes

  • How bridge load affects the tension in a suspension cable
  • Comparing a central point load with a UDL
  • Exploring the ratio of bridge ‘deck’ mass and a moving load
  • Comparing simple parabola-based theory with a more realistic analysis of the model

Key Features

  • A simplified version of a realistic structure to give students an understanding of real-life structures
  • Direct measurement of cable tension for simple and quick experiments
  • Supplied with a storage tray to keep smaller items safe
  • Works with user-friendly software (VDAS)
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