An Engineer in Wonderland – That bridge again

bridge-joint-3-lite.jpgI actually went and visited by Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Royal Albert Bridge, mentioned in another blog, that carries the main railway between Devon and Cornwall.

bridge-joint-2-light.jpgEven to an untrained eye like mine, the mechanics look fairly straight forward, except for the diagonal beams from the chains to the main deck, and the curiously complex joints.

bridge-joint-lite.jpgI have my suspicion that the joints some how share loads between the various struts, but does anyone actually know what the diagonals and the joints do?

‘Alice’

If you can answer this, respond below, or to alice@electronicsweekly.

 

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