Steel Bridge is an undergraduate project team under the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) that annually competes in the American Institute of Steel Construction Student (AISC) Steel Bridge Competition. Each year, students spend the year designing, analyzing, fabricating, and constructing a bridge. The Steel Bridge team aspires to foster leadership, problem-solving skills, and hands-on field experience. Team members are able to utilize their classroom knowledge to optimize a bridge with the lightest weight, fastest constructability, and lowest deflection. All members of the team are additionally encouraged to participate in the hands-on experience of bringing the bridge from theory to reality. The Cornell Steel Bridge allows all team members the opportunity to partake in the fabrication and construction process, in which students learn how to cut, drill, and weld members of the bridge together.
The 2015 bridge featured an open-hat top chord and space frame combined decking / bottom chord, and was able to support the prescribed load despite undergoing compressive flexure. Overlooking an easily avoidable dimensional penalty, the bridge was projected to place 3rd in Structural Efficiency and 4th in both Stiffness and Lightness.
See below for some videos and photos of our team in action:
Click here for the official rules for the 2016 competetion.
Cornell Steel Bridge depends on the generous contributions of our sponsors. Without your support, we would not be able to transform our designs and ideas into a full 20-foot long bridge. If you are interested in sponsoring us, please download our sponsorship packet. You may also click on this link to donate online.
For inquiries on in-kind donations and sponsorship packages, please contact Sponsorship Coordinator Michelle Ip at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unfortunately, applications are closed for the 2016-2017 Steel Bridge Project Team. Please check again in August 2017. All inquiries can be sent to Ken Shimizu at email@example.com