Friday, 12 June 2009

Bridge Building Contest

We hosted the Twelfth Annual Super Light Weight Composite Bridge & Wing Building Contest at the SAMPE 2009, in Baltimore, MD last month. The competition runs annually at SAMPE and we co-sponsored the competition.

The results were very impressive with over 80 entrants to the competition. Each bridge and wing was tested on a Tinius Olsen U-Series machine with self-aligning compression attachment & base fixture to position the bridge in place.

Students built bridges and wings to design specification by SAMPE (click here for more information) – one of the best bridges was number 41 – University Delaware.

The bridge which won the competition was designed by students of the University of Washington – Video number 71 – it had the highest ultimate load to weight ratio.

Video footage of the testing results which were performed at the show can be found on the Tinius Olsen website

Interested in taking part next year?
This is a competition which runs annually at the SAMPE show – SAMPE 2010 will be in Seattle, for more information visit the SAMPE website.

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