Students are encouraged to participate in the SAMPE 2018 Student Bridge Contest. This contest allows students to design, build, and test a miniature structural bridge using various composite materials in accordance with a set of well defined rules. This is an international competition involving schools from around the globe. Students compete for monetary prizes and for the coveted SAMPE Student Bridge Champion trophy.
Receive a complimentary student conference registration
Free Software Access
Get Access to Altair Software and Beam Composite Training
Altair is offering all teams FREE access to their software. Attend these online trainings to learn how to optimize composite structures using HyperMesh and OptiStruct. Attendees will learn how to determine optimal ply shapes, number of plies, ply orientations, and shape considerations like web height/arch and flange width/taper to minimize mass while preventing composite failure and buckling. The 3 sessions are each 2 hours and 15 minutes long. Each session covers different material and when combined cover the complete set of topics.
Every attendee should have the Student Edition (or commercial version) of HyperWorks installed on the computer they are accessing the training on. Download the HyperWorks Student Edition. Students will be sent the needed files for the online training shortly before the class starts.
Only one bridge entry is permitted per registration
Follow all SAMPE Student Bridge Contest Rules
Objective: Design and build a composites bridge using an assortment of pultrusions, cores, fabrics and other materials supplied in kit form.
Due to Export Control Regulations, kit's cannot be shipped outside of the Continental U.S.
Contest flyer, registration form, Questions and Answers, and Rules can be found at the bottom of this page.
Information for Sponsors
Give back to the student engineering community with a material or monetary donations. Donor participation is essential to the success of this event. A complete list of acceptable materials and sponsorship levels are detailed in the sponsor letter. If your company would like to sponsor or donate, please contact Sarah Cox, Bridge Building Committee Chair at SAMPEBridgeContest@gmail.com.
The SAMPE Student Bridge Contest committee is chaired by Sarah Cox, NASA.
SAMPE Chapters: Northern California, Midwest, New Jersey, Utah