5.1 Summary of findings
Among the 3 designs that we used, the through truss is 2.238 time more efficient than the deck truss and 2.765 more efficient than the bridge without a design (constant), followed by the deck truss which is 1.235 times more efficient than the bridge without a design (constant).
5.2 Practical Applications
In the future, bridges with higher efficiency rates can be built. This would cause the bridge to be able to hold a greater amount of weight before breaking, allowing the bridges to become safer and minimize bridge accidents caused by the bridges collapsing as the design cannot sustain the weight on the bridge.
5.3 Areas for further study
Further study can be done to see how different factors affect the efficiency of the bridges.
The factors that can be introduced are the height of the bridges and the shape of the bridges. Furthermore, different arrangement of the truss design and the thickness of the truss design can be tested out.
A wider variety of materials can be used. For example, steel can be used as real-life bridges are made up of steel. With a better understanding of the different types of materials in the market, the bridges can be better designed. Enhancement can be done to existing materials and can be incorporated into the bridges.
With enough research done, experimenting of the bridges can be followed up by inventing or innovating better designs for the bridges.