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Projects : Golden Gate Bridge Exhibit

Golden Gate Bridge Outdoor Exhibition


Feel Wind Pressure

The Golden Gate is a very breezy place, the only gap in the coast range for hundreds of miles. Cool, dense, high pressure air over the cold ocean pushes its way into the Bay and California’s interior, while the land heats up and the air over it becomes warmer, less dense, and lower in pressure. Wind force varies as the square of the velocity, a fact the visitor can intuitively sense by pushing on this exhibit. They feel how much harder it is to push with a force equivalent to a wind of various speeds. A visitor feels how hard it is to push back against a wind speed of about 60 mph / 100 kph, for example.

STATUS: Exhibit currently under repair - will eventually be displayed on the East Battery Trail.

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Shortly in the design process it was determined that the compartment needed to house the resistance mechanism would be larger than original envisioned (see above).
Early design considerations including using a large spring produce the resistance (simulated wind pressure).
This CAD drawing shows the redesigned internal mechanism, revised to help increase durability of the internal mechanism.
Aaron Neighbour (SJSU) civil engineering student holds the
Ken Berling of Monterey Industries holds the metal push plate.
A close-up of the customized push plate shows the mock rivets used to match the look of the actual Bridge.
Mock-up of the wind pressure exhibit prior to final assembly.
The actual wind pressure exhibit assembled in lab.
Close-up of the instructional sign that accompanies this wind pressure exhibit.
Aaron Neighbour (SJSU) calibrates the wind pressure exhibit prior to final installation on site.

Funding for the project has been provided by the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings, National Science Foundation. Dr. Al DeSena is the NSF project officer for this award. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

All images are the property of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District and cannot be re-used without its permission. Contact Mary Currie, Public Affairs Director,

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last updated 05.27.14