5. Conclusion


5.1 Practical Applications

Even though bridge disasters aren’t common lately, but that doesn't mean that the chances of a bridge disaster will be 0. By using the data collected by our project it allows bridge designers to consider the weight of the bridge when designing one, and ensuring that a lighter bridge with a proper design, shape and structure is being considered. This in turns help to reduce the amount of bridge disasters in the future and save more people’s lives.

This will most possibly increase the standards of bridges in the future. The weight of the bridge being lighter would result in lesser materials needed, and then lesser resources are used up. Lesser money the government will be spent on productions like these  The end result would mean that we would be able to help out the fragile environment.

5.2 Areas for further study

We can further research and experiment on the shape of the popsicle shape’s effect on the bridge. As the shape of the ice cream stick changes, the effect on the efficiency of the bridge is to be further researched.

There are also 3 aspects of a research(Sheng, A. Y., Bryan, H. C., N. J., & Qing, T. J., September 3 2014) that we want to compare with this research that was done last year.

The first comparison is that the testing of their bridges was done in a gym. The process of loading weights onto the bridge was through a small bucket but we were fortunate enough to have a machine where we could load on the bottom on the load machine.

The second comparison is that that research used many different designs and tested them out to see which type of bridge had the best load to mass ratio. However we first started on the first bridge and changed to another design. Then after the second bridge we continued improving on the way we constructed it every single time.

The third comparison is that the hypothesis of their research is that they would focus on the shape of the inner truss or structure on the bridge but our hypothesis is the relation on the weight to the load that it can support instead.

We can also further research on the type of material(a bar made of tungsten or iron bars that can be screwed together) that could make our bridge better and more efficient. The result of these studies would allow us to further be able to change our ways on how we build bridges and what materials we can cut down on using to support the fragile environment.

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