Bridge Records Anywhere?

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Bridge Records Anywhere?

Post by 49erEngineering » Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:20 pm

Hey, Just wondering if anyone had any links or info on balsa bridge records? It seems like the tower competitions are better documented to me.

I want to thank Jake for all of his help and hard work that contributed to the UNC-Charlotte victory in a balsa bridge competition this weekend! The competition was for the ASCE Carolina's Conference hosted by NC State this year. The rules were for a 40" span that had a clear road surface of at least 4" wide at all points. Maximum of 6" wide at any point and Max length of 48". The middle 5" of span had to be left open for the loading block that was a 3"x4" block on a pinned actuator, centered on the road surface. Scoring was simply load carried divided by the weight of the bridge with a minimum qualifying load of 75 lb. Our test model held 1,057 lb of load and weighed 1.28 lb total. Our competition bridge had a slight construction imperfection and failed earlier but we still won the event.

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