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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • S&T Steel Bridge Design Team to compete at nationals

  • A team of students from Missouri University of Science and Technology will construct a scale-model steel bridge as part of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2014 National Student Steel Bridge Competition.
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  • A team of students from Missouri University of Science and Technology will construct a scale-model steel bridge as part of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2014 National Student Steel Bridge Competition.
    The event will be held Friday, May 23, through Saturday, May 24, at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio.
    Missouri S&T’s Steel Bridge Design Team took first place in a 13-team regional conference earlier in the year. The first-place win earned the team a chance to compete at the national event.
    At the event, nearly 50 teams will compete to construct their bridges as fast as possible. Each team will be judged on the weight and stiffness of its bridge, construction speed and the number of team members building the bridge.
    Penalties are assessed for infractions such as dropping bolts, holding two pieces of the bridge at once or stepping over designated safety lines.
    Missouri S&T’s 1:10 scale model bridge weighs 320 pounds and is comprised of 22 pieces and more than 70 bolts. It is 17 feet long.
    Throughout the spring semester, team members worked long hours in the Student Design and Experiential Learning Center on the Missouri S&T campus, improving the bridge’s design and fabrication. The bridge beams were cut in the Rock Mechanics and Explosives Research Center at S&T, using water-jet technology.
    Dr. Timothy Philpot, associate professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at Missouri S&T, is the Steel Bridge Team faculty adviser, and Jermy Jamison, a senior in mechanical engineering from Grain Valley, is the 2014 team leader.

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