Team creates competition's first unbreakable bridge

10/14/2013 |

A team from Brigham Young University created the first model bridge to withstand the breaking test in the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering's International Bridge Competition. Learning from a second-place finish in a state contest, the team refined and lightened their structure, which employed "an assortment of pultrusions, cores, fabrics and other materials supplied in kit form," according to specifications on the SAMPE website. The result was an unbreakable bridge that, nonetheless, took only third place in the competition as it was heavier than competing structures.

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