Day: August 24, 2017

Resonance Disaster

Resonance Disaster

Resonance Disaster

08/24/17

“What happens when a system’s oscillations actually destroy it?”
Mechanical systems have a tendency to oscillate until stability when their bodies are deformed. However, sometimes the oscillations are so powerful that they actually end up destroying the system itself! This phenomenon is known as a resonance disaster, and a most unfortunate example is the Tacoma Narrows Bridge when high-speed winds actually caused a bridge in the American State of Washington to shake into rupture.