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Scotland's Forth Road Bridge may not be the most beautiful bridge over the Firth of Forth, but it is an incredible feat of engineering and is integral to the economy of the entire area. However, rust is threatening to destroy the cables that suspend the road. This free course uses video to explore the issues associated with the potential demise of this great bridge.
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- understand the basic structural issues of the Forth Road Bridge
- give examples of how engineers are trying to alleviate the wear and tear on the bridge.
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Forth Road Bridge
This unit focuses on the Forth Road Bridge that connects Edinburgh with Fife. This suspension bridge continues to face a number of problems regarding its deteriorating condition. The short video included in this unit illustrates some of the major structural issues facing bridges and examines some of the proposed changes to the use of the Forth Road Bridge to help increase its lifespan.
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This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free History of Technology courses or view the range of currently available OU History of Technology courses.
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Originally published: Friday, 5th February 2016
Last updated on: Friday, 5th February 2016
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