NEF1204 Introduction to Engineering Design: Design Challenge: Truss Bridge Design

Overview of Activity

Design and Build a Model Truss Bridge

You will build a model truss bridge as required. Analyse the specific design requirements and then, develop plans and specifications for a truss bridge. Finally, build a model bridge; test it to determine if it performs as intended.

Relevant Library Books


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Library Magazine and Journal Resources

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Key Search Terms

 Key terms relevant to the challenge

load forces


Reaction stability
static determinacy
tension compression
Truss top cord 
bottom cord deck
abutment free-body diagram


Databases are collections of journals. These databases would be the most useful for your challenge. Use combinations of the Key Terms listed on this page to search for more article resources.

For a more complex database search you could use a citation database. This lists titles, authors and abstracts. There is no full-text within this database but there are links provided to search for full-text.

Building Bridges: The Physics of Construction

Trusses: The Power of Triangles

Everyday Bridges

How to find a journal article in a Library Database