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Last edited 22 Nov 2018
Springs in Structures
An example of this is the Öresund Bridge – a combined motorway and railway bridge between Sweden and Denmark. There were vibration issues from the cables along the bridge in certain wind and temperature conditions. By installing dampers that contained compression springs (amongst other components) for the most exposed cables, the weight was supported and provided a moveable ring that regulated the air flow on each side.
Another suspension bridge to uses springs within its structure is the Millennium Bridge. At one point, it was nicknamed the Wobbly Bridge after the mass footfall meant that those on the southern and middle spans felt the bridge sway and twist. The problem was fixed with two different dampers; viscous dampers (similar to car shock absorbers); and tuned mass dampers, a large mass stiffened by springs.
 Disaster prevention
Springs are used in some larger and taller structures, such as several-storey hotels and office blocks, building structures that are resilient to earthquakes in parts of the world that are exposed to tremors is vital.
As the structure is attached to its foundations by a strong material, when a disaster such as an earthquake strikes, the structure can move slightly without being disconnected from its original foundations. This method has been in practice for years and has been used in numerous structures.
A well-known example of this is the Tate Modern. This structure uses fixing clips for holding faceplates (an attachment with slots for work to be mounted) onto corbels (a projection out of a wall to support the structure above it) that cover the first 15 metres up around the base of the gallery to establish an anti-climb zone.
--European Springs and Pressings Ltd 09:59, 27 Apr 2018 (BST)
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