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SAMPE Team Competes in Seattle

By Sherry DiBari

ODU's Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) team received second place in the open design bridge competition at the annual SAMPE conference and exhibition.

Their beam, designed to withstand 10,000 lbs of force, was the culmination of a senior design project advised by Oleksandr Kravchenko, professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

The Student Bridge Contest brings together competitors from universities and research centers around the world. This year the competition was held in Seattle, Washington.

Students researched, designed, and built the miniature structural bridge beam with composite materials. The beams were then tested to see if their design can withstand a certain amount of force on a typical three-point bending apparatus.

The senior design project received support from the Batten College of Engineering and Technology, SAMPE headquarters and SAMPE's Baltimore/Washington chapter. Materials were provided by SAERTEX.

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