Steel Bridge Team shows their Talent at Nationals in the Stiffness and Efficiency Categories

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The 2013 National Student Steel Bridge Competition took place this past week, May 31 - June 1, 2013 at the University of Washington in Seattle. Out of a total of 214 schools that competed this year, only the best 49 schools participated at the Nationals. The UAF Steel Bridge team was among them.

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While UAF placed 3rd in the stiffness and efficiency categories, the team took 18th place overall. The top three winning teams were Berkeley, MIT and UC Davis.

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A strong UAF team also shined in a fun, non-steel bridge event and won 1st place in Tug-of-War!

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Photo at top: The UAF Steel Bridge team during timed construction at the 2013 National Student Steel Bridge Competition. UAF used 4 people to build the bridge.  The total time is based on the number of people X the elapsed time.
Photo second from top: UAF is vertically loading the bridge. During this portion of the competition vertical deflection is measured.
Photo third from top: The 2013 Steel Bridge team and the team's faculty advisors after the awards banquet.
Photo bottom: Full-strength to 1st place: The 2013 Steel Bridge team pulls hard at the Tug-of-War event.

(Photos by Leroy Hulsey)