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Load It Up!

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Abstract

Students take a hands-on look at the design of bridge piers (columns). First they brainstorm types of loads that might affect a Colorado bridge. Then they determine the maximum possible load for that scenario, and calculate the cross-sectional area of a column designed to support that load. Choosing from clay, foam or marshmallows, they create model columns and test their calculations.

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Earthquake Engineering Component

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  • (2010), "Load It Up!," http://nees.org/resources/574.

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