In this paper, we investigate the mathematical model for the torsional rotation of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge derived by P.J. McKenna. Through modifying this model and programming various cases of these modifications using Matlab, we explore how the Tacoma Narrows Bridge would respond to different loading conditions that may have occurred the day the bridge collapsed. From this we are able to gain a better understanding of how the bridge actually behaved prior to its collapse, and can see possible reasons for the ultimate collapse
Talitha M. Washington, Professor of Mathematics, University of Evansvilletw65@evansville.edu
"Improving the Mathematical Model of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge,"
Rose-Hulman Undergraduate Mathematics Journal: Vol. 8
, Article 7.
Available at: http://scholar.rose-hulman.edu/rhumj/vol8/iss2/7