Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse, The

Synopsis
The Tacoma Narrows is near Seattle, Washington, and is exposed to westerly winds from the Pacific Ocean. The construction of a suspension bridge across the narrows began in Novermber 1938 and in July 1940 the bridge was opened to traffic. On 7 Novermber 1940 in ‘moderate winds’ the bridge developed a resonangt torsional oscillation and after 70 minutes the central span collapsed. The collapse was captured on 8mm film by an amateur cameraman. This version includes sequences of the building and opening of the bridge, details of its dimensions, and the development of the resonant osciallation that led to its collapse.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. st. b&w. 4 min.
Year of production
1940
Availability
Sale; 2005 sale: £19.95 (+VAT +p&p)
Notes
See also COLLAPSE OF THE TACOMA NARROWS SUSPENSION BRIDGE.
See also THE FAILURE OF THE TACOMA NARROWS BRIDGE.
See also THE STORY OF THE TACOMA NARROWS BRIDGE.
See also OSCILLATIONS OF A MODEL SUSPENSION BRIDGE IN WIND & THE STORY OF THE TACOMA NARROWS BRIDGE 1938-1940.
Subjects
Engineering
Keywords
bridges; civil engineering; Tacoma Narrows Bridge

Distributor

Name

Viewtech Educational Media

Contact
Lynda Morrell
Notes
NB. Viewtech ceased trading in 2014 and the company’s products are no longer in distribution For over 30 years Viewtech distributed programmes from leading specialist educational producers from around the world and since 2002 it included titles previously distributed in the UK by Educational Media Film & Video. The extensive collection covered all subjects within the primary and secondary curriculum and some materials, particularly in the areas of study skills and business, are applicable to further/higher education.

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