Areas of Science Aerodynamics & Hydrodynamics
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Time Required Very Long (1+ months)
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Abstract

Research the famous collapse of the Tacoma Narrows suspension bridge. What lessons were learned about the potentially damaging effects of wind on bridges? What structures stabilize a bridge against wind forces? Build models and use a wind tunnel to test your hypothesis.

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