Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Which Design Should I Use for a Paper Bridge

  1. Nov 10, 2007 #1
    I'm trying to build a bridge but I have no clue where to start. I need to make a poster first but I don't know which design to use.

    I have found a website with the exact same project I need to make. For all the details, please go to www.gravitykills.net.

    It has to be made of paper, hold 105 kg, and weigh no more than 125 g.

    What I'm trying to do now is select a design and make a poster. The instructions for the poster are on that website.
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 10, 2007 #2


    User Avatar
    Homework Helper

    The bridge's design in the webpage is a truss. It's basicly 2 plane trusses that hold a deck, and joined together by members.
  4. Nov 10, 2007 #3
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2007
  5. Nov 11, 2007 #4


    User Avatar
    Homework Helper

    Well a good design need to take into account mechanical properties of the construction material such as young's modulus. You take one of the members and see what is rupture stress of the paper and such. Basically a Stress-Strain diagram of the material will be useful.
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Similar Discussions: Which Design Should I Use for a Paper Bridge
  1. Which program to use? (Replies: 2)