The Peninsula College Team Scallywags defeated 32 other entrants from the USA, Mexico, China, Japan, and Brazil to place third in the SAMPE Student Bridge Competition held in Long Beach, CA on May 23. The 1,003 gram (2.21 lb) model bridge withstood 10,973 lbs before failing, leaving only Chengdu Aeronautic Polytechnic in China (the winner) and Montana Tech of the University of Montana ahead of them in second place.
The Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering Student Bridge Competition is in its 22 year, and rewards students who build model bridges that can hold a 9,000 lb minimum weight but yet still remain light.
Team Scallywags, led by Derek Adamich, built their Class A (the largest class) entry using carbon fiber supplied by the Composite Recycling Technology Center (CRTC), which is co-located in Port Angeles , WA with Peninsula College’s Advanced Manufacturing program. Team members include Cole Murcavitch, Nikki Bowery, Emerson Stipes, and Chris Gaylord.
Peninsula College had two other teams, C2, with Trevor Breland (lead), Colin Kahler, and Charles Posey, and Galloping Gertie, Adam Jordan (lead), David Holmes and Andrea McMaster. C2’s entry failed at 6,258 lbs, while Galloping Gertie’s bridge broke at a heartbreaking 115 lbs below the minimum, dropping them out of second place.
Some of the four year engineering schools defeated included the University of Washington (two teams), Gonzaga University, Western Washington University, UCLA (two teams), NYU, University of Maryland, University of Delaware, University of Maryland, University of Dayton, California State University/Long Beach, and BYU Idaho.
Foreign teams who lost included Tongji University, Harbin Engineering University, both of China, Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Japan, Central University of FEI, Brazil, and the Autonomous University of Baja California, Mexico.
Team sponsors included the Peninsula College Foundation, the PC Advanced Manufacturing program, the PC Associated Student Council, CRTC, Angeles Composites Technology, Toray America, David H. Sutherland Co., the Boeing Company, Altair Engineering, and Composites Washington.
The Peninsula College Pirates marched into the competition wearing pirate hats and eye patches, while carrying a large pirate flag with a carbon fiber staff. The students were interviewed and photographed a great deal as a result.
Peninsula College first entered the competition in 2017, taking seventh place out of 24 entries. The sole four-student team had only four weeks to build the molds, test fixtures, and two bridges.
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