This research centers on building a working steel bridge that can hold over 2500 pounds, while deflecting no more than 1.5 inches. Weighing less than 150 pounds, the bridge was designed by inputting models into programs such as SAP and Visual Analysis, and adding the required load effects. Creating such a bridge involves various disciplines such as fabrication, communication, engineering, computer science, and economics. This presentation will address the design procedure, the building process, and the challenges faced by the team. This experience has allowed the bridge team to see what it takes to finish a project from start to finish and offered first-hand experience in the areas of budgeting, welding, and teamwork. These are skills that are not directly taught in the curriculum. This presentation will address all of these benefits.
Advisor(s) or Committee Chair
Professor Shane Palmquist
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Ward, Dylan H., "Analysis and Interpretation of the 2013 WKU Steel Bridge Competition" (2013). Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects. Paper 419.