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Projects : Golden Gate Bridge Exhibit

Golden Gate Bridge Outdoor Exhibition


Original and Retrofit Guardrails

The wind blowing across the deck of the Bridge is like the air flowing over the wing of an airplane. Slight changes in geometry can have a surprisingly large effect. The original guard rail on the Bridge presents a rather solid barrier to the wind, because of the width and close spacing of the vertical stiles. Retrofitting the guard rail to have slimmer vertical lines would improve the aerodynamics of the Bridge.

STATUS: This is not within the original scope of this project, and there are no further plans to do this exhibit at this time.

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