2011 Steel Bridge Competition
The 2011 Steel Bridge Competition, being hosted by the University of Michigan, is fast approaching on the weekend of April 1-3. As the team nears the completion of fabrication and begins to prepare to head to Michigan, the goal is to improve upon last year. Check back soon for more information / results. For more information on the competition contact captain Mike Scancarello or visit the conference webpage.
2010 Steel Bridge Team Takes Third - Just Misses Nationals
Kalamazoo, MI – The weekend of March 24-26th marked the annual North Central Regional Conference including the Steel Bridge and Concrete Canoe Competitions. After back to back years without fully loading the bridge, even a complete load would be considered a success this year.
Teams receive the rules in late-August and have until the regional conference to design and fabricate a bridge, made entirely out of steel, to support 2500 lbs without deflecting more than two inches. Not only are teams judged based upon their deflection, they are judged in weight and construction speed. These three categories are then rated to determine both economy and efficiency. These two categories are then combined to determine an overall cost and thus winner.
Despite a costly dimensional violation of 1/64th of an inch in 18 pieces, Case was still very successful, one of only four out of seven teams to successfully load all 2500 pounds on their bridge. Earning 3rd Place in Stiffness, Construction Speed, and Construction Economy helped to give Case a 3rd Place overall finish.
See videos of the construction below.