Bridges with Catenary Shaped Supports
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Vary the parameters to replicate the general appearance of various bridges. When the catenary is convex, you get an arch bridge configuration, with compression stress in the supports. When the catenary is concave, you can see a suspension bridge, with tensile stress in the supports, which would generally be made of stranded steel cables.
Contributed by: Sándor Kabai (November 2007)
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"Bridges with Catenary Shaped Supports"
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Published: November 14 2007