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Our 2022-2023 Bridge

Design Configuration Reasoning

  • The bridge envelope enabled construction above the stringers up to a total bridge height of 5'

  • Arch bridges are stiffer than deck truss bridges, but are more complex to design, fabricate, and construct

  • The arch compression chords are laterally braced at low intervals to prevent buckling under load

Innovation in Design

  • Simple wedge and plate-to-plate connections are effective, sturdy, and easy to fabricate

Results

  • The team failed the vertical load test at the Student Steel Bridge Competition, but this experience was an excellent learning experience in preparation for our next competition

  • At the Canadian National Steel Bridge Competition, the team won 2nd place for design aesthetics, 3rd place in the video category, and finished 4th overall (3rd in Canada) in a field of thirteen teams

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