Project 2, Team B3
Synopsis of bridge scores
- α squad score: 2.104718 × 10-6
- Ω squad score: 2.534392 × 10-6
- Current best team score: 2.104718 × 10-6
We started by making many random designs and seeing how well they worked. We experimented with many different techniques, each producing independent designs. We discussed with each other how well the different techniques worked. We found that arcs and circles tended to be more effective in the composite score of surface area and displacement so as we created new designs we used more circles. In our final design, we used only circles and found that that was the most effective design. Our initial thoughts were that triangles were the strongest structure because that is what is normally seen in bridge design. However, because we were scored based on only surface area and displacement, the circles yielded less surface area and greater support than the traditional triangle. Our group experienced a lot of technical problems using solidworks regardless of the caliber of design engineered.