The Peninsula College Advanced Manufacturing student teams won third, seventh and ninth place in the SAMPE Student Bridge Competition held in Charlotte, NC on May 22, 2019. Over 64 total teams entered from the USA, Mexico, Brazil, and China, competing in six classes of model bridges.
This Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering competition requires students build 24-inch long carbon fiber model bridges, which must hold at least 9,000 lbs. - then compete based on weight, with the lightest bridge winning first place, etc. This was the 22nd year of the contest. PC took third place last year as well.
This year the PC Pirates - the only two year school competing - defeated 23 other teams from the University of Washington, UCLA, University of Delaware, University of Maryland, McGill University, Centro Universitário da FEI (Brazil), California State – Long Beach, West Virginia University, and other engineering schools.
Team Snap, Crackle, Crack (Adam Jordan) held 9,252 lbs before breaking at 559 grams (1.2 lbs), beating California State – Long Beach for third place. Class A (carbon fiber I-beams) was an incredibly tight race this year with perennial winner Chengdu Aeronautic (China) hanging on to first place by only 2 grams, as second place Western Washington University weighed in 518 grams.
Team Turtle Club (Jason Lebeck) withstood 14,580 lbs before failure, which at 753 grams, gave PC seventh place. Team Ace of Bass (Colin Kahler), with an innovative sine-wave beam, broke at 9,519 lbs at 1,049 grams, garnering PC ninth position. Team Old Yella (Emerson Stipes) broke 420 lbs low at 675 grams in his first time to design and build a bridge for the competition.
The teams replaced paper sponsor stickers with decals this year, saving 4.1 grams per bridge. PC has been very successful at gaining sponsorship, with generous donations from the Peninsula College Foundation and the SAMPE Seattle Chapter. The Boeing Company, Altair, Heatcon Composites, David H. Sutherland & Co., Composites Washington, ClickBond, Airtech Composites, Toray Advanced Materials, and Angeles Composites Technology Inc. supported the teams by donating engineering time, materials, supplies, and analysis software & training.
The Composite Recycling Technology Center, which is co-located with the Advanced Manufacturing program, has been of enormous help by allowing students use of their equipment & facilities, donating carbon fiber materials, and performing engineering reviews. Norm Nelson, Sr. Process Engineer, answered student’s questions, discussed engineering concepts, and analyzed design changes using FEA software.
Peninsula College’s Advanced Manufacturing program graduates students with an AAS degree in Composites, CNC Machining, CAD, and related subjects.
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