Guy Attempts to Cross Thin Wooden Bridge in Truck

Advertisement



A truly devoted fisherman never lets anything prevent him from getting to his honey hole. This Brazilian is a prime example of that. When he gets to an incredibly thin wood bridge, he doesn’t hesitate to take his 2-ton Toyota truck with fishing boat attached over it. You can hear the bridge creaking loudly as he drives over it, which makes you question its stability even more. He has about 100 feet to go to get to the other side, and your guess is as good as mine whether he makes it or not.

Guy Attempts to Cross Thin Wooden Bridge in Truck

A Crude Suspension Bridge

Though anything but good looking, this bridge actually has a fairly sound design. It basically has the same design principles of huge suspension bridges like the Golden Gate, but obviously on a much smaller (and definitely uglier) scale. The forces that make a suspension bridge stable are the compression in the pillars and tension in the cables. The cables transfer the weight to the pillars, which transfer that weight to the ground. But instead of a paved road, in this case you have planks of wood held up by additional tow cables with wood placed vertically at intervals of a few feet. The result is that when something heavy goes across it, the wood and cables sag down. And if there’s too much weight on these pillars and cables, the bridge deck will eventually snap.

Advertisement



Characteristics of Modern-Day Suspension Bridges

The modern suspension bridges of today use multiple strands of wire to increase strength. As far as the roadbed, it’s usually supported by truss structures. However, plate structures are becoming more popular with the recent developments in bridge aerodynamics. When put together, all the components of a suspension bridge make for a sturdy structure that can handle plenty of weight. In case you are wondering, here are some of the advantages of suspension bridges over other types of bridges:

Continue Reading

By