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Structural Integrity: designing against failure: Track 1

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The Kinzua rail viaduct, in Pennsylvania, collapsed when it was hit by a tornado in 2003. First built in 1882 and redesigned 1900, it was at one time the highest bridge in the world. The two video tracks in this album tell the story of the Kinzua catastrophe. The subsequent forensic investigation has cast new light on the failure of Tay rail bridge in Scotland 125 years earlier; with 75 people killed, the worst ever disaster to befall a trestle bridge. This material forms part of the course T357, Structural integrity: designing against failure.

By: The OpenLearn team (The Open University,)

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Track 1: Structural Integrity: Designing against failure

A short introduction to this album.


© The Open University 2008


Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Structural Integrity: Designing against failure    A short introduction to this album. Play now Structural Integrity: Designing against failure
2 Kinzua's Weakest Link    An engineer's worst nightmare come true. Using aerial photography and forensic markers to investigate the precise sequence of the collapse. Play now Kinzua's Weakest Link
3 Reconstructing the collapse    Connecting the failure at Kinzua to the Tay Bridge disaster. What lessons have gone into the construction of the new bridge at Mingo creek? Play now Reconstructing the collapse

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