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K-State Today

April 27, 2017

Steel Bridge Team wins regional competition, qualifies for nationals

Submitted by Mary Rankin

K-State Steel Bridge Team members

The Kansas State University Steel Bridge Team won first place at the American Society of Civil Engineers/American Institute of Steel Construction Mid-Continent Student Regional Conference April 21 at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

The highly competitive conference saw teams from 13 universities competing to win first or second place to qualify for the national competition over Memorial Day weekend at Oregon State University.

The K-State team won first-place awards in the categories of efficiency, lightness and overall. The students finished building the bridge in 14.05 minutes. The structure weighed 232 pounds, and experienced only a three-quarter-inch cumulative deflection measured at the midspan and cantilever under a total weight of 2,500 pounds. The bridge passed the lateral stability test with minimal sway deflection.

Team captains are Isaac Klugh and Andrew Foerster, both seniors in civil engineering. Hayder Rasheed, professor of civil engineering, is faculty adviser for the team.

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