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Imagine RIT

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Each issue of News & Events will feature a project to be showcased at RIT’s Innovation and Creativity Festival on May 3. This week’s spotlight:

The Steel Bridge

Presenters: Christina Englert, Steve Bogart, Brandon Cole, Justin Hsieh, Brian Miller, Daniel Penza, Matthew R., Kenneth Siliver, Jonathan Wilson and Johnny Zaho. All are RIT students from the College of Applied Science and Technology.

Brief description: Students will design and build a steel bridge according to specifications from the American Institute for Steel Construction. The students will also be timed. After erecting the bridge, it will be subjected to a 2,500-pound load; the vertical and horizontal deflections will be measured. Bridges are judged on the basis of stiffness, construction speed, aesthetics, structural efficiency and overall performance.

How is the exhibit creative and/or innovative: Creativity is required by both the design and construction teams in order for the bridge to meet the stringent guidelines. There are several limitations related to the member sizes, weights, penalties, assemblies, connections and how the bridge is built that add to the challenges of designing and building this bridge. Creativity plays a role as the team will attempt to build a bridge with very little deflection but with the least weight possible.

Exhibit experience for visitors: The visitors viewing this bridge will experience the innovative structure that RIT students design and construct following stringent specifications.

For more information on the festival, visit www.rit.edu/imagine.

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