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Homework Help: Tacoma Bridge

  1. Nov 21, 2009 #1


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    Hi, i want to do a science fair project on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse. I want to do a research on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapse and how it taught us what structures stabilize a bridge against wind forces.
    I also want to build something that would demonstrate the flutter effect. First i thought i should build a bridge and test it in a windtunnel, but i dont know what material i should use, and i think it would be expensive.

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    So, i was thinking about not building a bridge, but something else that would demonstrate the flutter effect, something that wouldn't be so expensive :)
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  3. Nov 22, 2009 #2


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    Hi Azu! Welcome to PF! :smile:

    If you want a project on aeroelastic flutter, how about going green o:), and following this up, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aeroelasticity#Flutter"
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  4. Nov 22, 2009 #3


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    A fan and a strip of paper, held at each end, might be able to demonstrate the flutter effect.
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