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Latest Millennium Bridge Stories

2013-05-01 15:00:27

In this month's issue of Physics World, an international group of researchers propose a new technology that could divert vibrations away from load-bearing elements of bridges to avoid catastrophic collapses. Michele Brun, Alexander Movchan, Ian Jones and Ross McPhedran describe a "wave bypass" technique that has many similarities to those being used by researchers looking to create Harry Potter-style invisibility cloaks, which exploit man-made materials known as metamaterials to bend light...

2006-07-18 07:35:00

By Jennifer Kwan BUFFALO, New York -- Engineers will not be surprised if months of work rattle to the ground this fall, jolted apart by a mock earthquake that mimics a deadly 6.7-magnitude quake. Their handiwork, a two-story, 1,800-square-foot (167-square-metre) house built and placed on top of massive piston-powered shake tables, is an experiment after all. But the experiment could change the way wood-frame buildings are designed and built, producing homes able to better withstand the...

2005-11-02 13:08:11

By Patricia Reaney LONDON (Reuters) - A natural phenomenon rather than a design fault caused London's Millennium Bridge to wobble and sway, forcing its closure just two days after opening in 2000. The elegant pedestrian walkway was conceived as a blade of light linking the south bank of the River Thames to the City of London. But as large crowds walked across the steel structure on opening day in June 2000, the 320-meter long bridge swayed from side to side because of a phenomenon...