West Point Bridge Design Contest

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Nov 15, 2013 (3 years and 8 months ago)

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West Point Bridge Design Contest


1. Double click on the West Point Bridge Designer icon.


2. Create a "New Bridge."


However, feel free to look at the other bridge options to get an idea for how bridges can be built.


a. Make a bridge that works.

b. Make
it as cheap as possible.


5 points of extra credit

will be awarded to student in class who makes the cheapest workable bridge.


3. Are you participating in a local bridge design contest? No.


4. Choose any type of abutment, any height, pier or no pier, or
cable anchorages.


Notice that your choice of options may change the base cost of your bridge.


5. Choose any deck material,
Standard loading
, any template.


6. The design tools include a beam connection (dot), beam maker (must click and drag between two b
eam connections),
highlighter arrow, and an eraser. Click on a beam with the arrow, and you can change what the beam is made out of, as
well as beam thickness and if it is hollow or not. All changes will change the total cost of the bridge.


7. After your
bridge is constructed, click on the light blue button with the bridge to test for stability. If your bridge is too
unstable, the test will not run. If your bridge is somewhat stable or very stable, a test will run, and tensions and
compressions will be hig
hlighted in red and blue.


8. When you think you have the best bridge, print your design and submit to your teacher with your name on it.


THIS IS AN INDIVIDUAL ACTIVITY!


West Point Bridge Design Contest


1. Double click on the West Point Bridge Designer

icon.


2. Create a "New Bridge."


However, feel free to look at the other bridge options to get an idea for how bridges can be built.


a. Make a bridge that works.

b. Make it as cheap as possible.


5 points of extra credit will be awarded to student in cl
ass who makes the cheapest workable bridge.


3. Are you participating in a local bridge design contest? No.


4. Choose any type of abutment, any height, pier or no pier, or cable anchorages.


Notice that your choice of options may change the base cost of y
our bridge.


5. Choose any deck material,
Standard loading
, any template.


6. The design tools include a beam connection (dot), beam maker (must click and drag between two beam connections),
highlighter arrow, and an eraser. Click on a beam with the arrow,

and you can change what the beam is made out of, as
well as beam thickness and if it is hollow or not. All changes will change the total cost of the bridge.


7. After your bridge is constructed, click on the light blue button with the bridge to test for s
tability. If your bridge is too
unstable, the test will not run. If your bridge is somewhat stable or very stable, a test will run, and tensions and
compressions will be highlighted in red and blue.


8. When you think you have the best bridge, print your
design and submit to your teacher with your name on it.


THIS IS AN INDIVIDUAL ACTIVITY!