The Steel Bridge Team is a group of students who design and construct a working model of a steel bridge for competition. The team is part of the student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The students spend months designing the steel bridge, which is a 1:10 scale model for a mock highway bridge. The actual bridge span of the model is usually around 20 feet. Once constructed, it must sustain a vertical load of 2,500 pounds and a lateral load of 50 pounds. The bridge is designed and fabricated entirely by students. At the ASCE Regional Conference, the bridge also is judged on speed of construction, weight, efficiency (weight vs. deflection) and aesthetics.
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