Steel Bridge- Preparing for Regionals

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Just about a week ago, we were preparing for the competition that weekend up at ATLSS and a few changes needed to be made to the bridge. The bridge would be tested if it could withstand a vertical weight of nearly 1600 lbs, but it would also be tested laterally for a deflection of less than 1/2 inch. We needed to brace the bridge with lateral supports for it to be able to support the 50 lb lateral load. So we began by adding a few pieces laterally and securing them by clamps, this would allow us to test the bridge and make any adjustments as we saw fit without needing to weld things in place. Once we had the optimal layout, we finalized the pieces and finish welded them in.

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And thus… we had a finished bridge!!

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Hello everyone! My name is Daniel Baron and I am a Civil engineer at Lehigh University. I chose to come to Lehigh because of the opportunities that would open up to me with a degree at this school. However, my time at Lehigh has been more fulfilling than I could have ever known as a prospective student in high school. It is my job to show other students in the position that I was just a few years ago how great Lehigh truly is! View all posts by ludaniel15

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