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Synchronous lateral excitation

Friday 15 March 2002

This is a sequel to my piece no longer wobbly about the Millen­nium Bridge in London. The design engineers have produced this website to explain their diagnosis of the problem​—​syn­chron­ous lateral excitation, a sideways sway caused by walkers’ foot­falls. Dampers to stop the bridge getting excited were the solution.

The website is neatly written, with excellent pictures and video footage. I’d be game to walk across the bridge.

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