The team went to the ASCE regional competition at Carbondale IL, and competed against 13 other schools last weekend. For the first day at competition consisted of displaying the bridge amongst other schools to be judged based on the paint scheme, and poster design.
The second day was the timed construction, and loading the bridge to 2500 lbs. The building team finished the construction portion under 25 minutes, with few penalties during the time, and did exceptionally well.
When it came to the loading of the bridge things did not go as planned. Upon reaching a load at 2200 lb. a weld holding one of the connections at the bottom of the bridge failed suddenly.
However, even though the bridge failed, it was not a design flaw, but a fabrication error. There was a lot learned from this as students can study how the bridge failed and, determine the reason behind it. This promotes overall learning experience for the students, and can be taken with them into the industry.
Even though the competition is now over, the Steel Bridge Design Build Team’s journey, and need for fiscal support, is not over. Your generous support is greatly appreciated! We want to reach our goal amount of $1,000 so that we can work diligently during the fall semester on design and build so we can dominate the competition next year!