Queen post

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Queen Post
Queens P2100020 Day Bridge off Prosperity Pike (SR 18) PA.jpg
Interior structure of a covered bridge that uses a queen-post structure
Ancestor Truss bridge
Related None
Descendant None
Carries Pedestrians, livestock, vehicles
Span range short to medium
Material wood planks
Movable No
Design effort medium
Falsework required Sometimes

A queen post is a tension member in a truss that can span longer openings than a king post truss. A king post uses one central supporting post, whereas the queen post truss uses two.[1] Even though it is a tension member, rather than a compression member, they are commonly still called a post. A queen post is often confused with a queen strut, one of two compression members in roof framing which do not form a truss in the engineering sense.[2]

Day Bridge in Southwestern Pennsylvania (Morgan Township, Green County)


A queen-post bridge has two uprights, placed about one-third of the way from each end of the truss. They are connected across the top by a beam and use a diagonal brace between the outer edges. The central square between the two verticals is either unbraced (on shorter spans), or has one or two diagonal braces for rigidity. A single diagonal reaches between opposite corners; two diagonal braces may either reach from the bottom of each upright post to the center of the upper beam, or form a corner-to-corner "X" inside the square.[3]

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  1. ^ Gopi, Satheesh. Basic civil engineering. New Delhi: Dorling Kindersley (India) Pvt. Ltd., 2010. 155. Print. ISBN 8131729885
  2. ^ "Timber Framing for Beginners: VI. Glossary of Terms" Timber Framing Vol. 68 June 2003. 12. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on December 7, 2012. Retrieved December 10, 2012. 
  3. ^ American Barns and Covered Bridges, Eric Sloane, Wilfred Funk, Inc. New York, New York; 1954, pg 96-97

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