Happy Halloween Everyone! Here's a spooky fact for today:
In 1940, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington, USA, earned the nickname 'Galloping Gertie' due to a devastating engineering mistake. One flaw was the bridge's design which didn't account for aerodynamic forces, causing it to sway dramatically in winds. On November 7, the bridge succumbed to fluttering oscillations and collapsed.Lesson learned: A comprehensive understanding of all forces involved is crucial in engineering to ensure stability and safety. Let's remember this cautionary tale as we continue pushing the boundaries of innovation within the engineering space.