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  Session: Bridging Engineering, Math, and Physics
  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: Fatal Friction Flaw
  Meeting: 2014 Summer Meeting: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  Location: N/A
  Time: 1:10PM
  Author: Alan J. Scott, University of Wisconsin-Stout
715-232-2401, scotta@uwstout.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: On the evening of August 13, 2011, a temporary structure used to provide cover and support concert entertainment equipment at the Indiana State Fair collapsed when hit with straight-line winds from an approaching storm. Seven people died and 58 were injured. The methodology and results of the forensic physics analysis (or engineering analysis) will be presented in addition to a case-study, simplified model of the incident appropriate for an introductory physics classroom. The engineering company Thornton Tomasetti, Inc., out of Chicago was hired for the investigation which is the same company that investigated the I35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis back in 2007.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: Scott-AAPT 2014.pdf

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