Cantilever Bridges

Bridges built using cantilevers, which are structures that project horizontally into space and are supported on only one end. In a typical cantilever bridge, two cantilever arms are joined in the center by a light suspended span. The balancing of forces of tension, or pulling, and the forces of compression, or squeezing, create a strong bridge; thus cantilever construction is employed for large spans in certain sites, especially for heavy loads. .

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379
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cantilever bridge
cantilever bridges
bridges, cantilever
cantileverbruggen Dutch
cantileverbrug Dutch
puentes voladizos Spanish
puente voladizo Spanish
puente de cantilever Spanish
puente en voladizo Spanish

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Bridges built using cantilevers, which are structures that project horizontally into space and are supported on only one end. In a typical cantilever bridge, two cantilever arms are joined in the center by a light suspended span. The balancing of forces of tension, or pulling, and the forces of compression, or squeezing, create a strong bridge; thus cantilever construction is employed for large spans in certain sites, especially for heavy loads.

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Bibliography

  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300007845. The J. Paul Getty Trust.