TalTech to participate in the international steel bridge competition
At the international steel bridge competition BRICO, students are required to prepare as light as possible and aesthetically pleasing 5-metre long model of a bridge.
The competition started on 15 May.
The bridge must be mountable in a minimum amount of time and will be tested with a dynamic load test with a weight of 1,000 kilos. In addition to resistance, a committee of professors and sponsors will evaluate the novelty and appearance of the bridge.
Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) is represented by two teams of engineering students, Lovers and Hexagon.
The Lovers team designed and constructed their bridge from scratch, using the metal treatment and welding laboratories of TalTech to manufacture the details of the bridge. They also used auxiliary details made of plastic with a 3D printer to test and construct parts of the bridge.
The team leader Henri Palm said that anyone could build a bridge that can carry a weight of one tonne, ‘Only an engineer can build a bridge that could carry exactly the weight of one tonne. As BRICO evaluates the weight, appearance, and load-bearing capacity of the bridge, some compromises had to be made. Our main focus is on novel appearance, and I guarantee that nothing like has ever done before.”
The strength of the Hexagon team lies in the students who built the bridge – designing and manufacturing a bridge for this competition was the subject of team leader Kerttu Volk’s graduation thesis. Volk said that the competition is a perfect opportunity to follow the process of building a bridge all the way from the initial idea to the final product. ‘I learned from this competition how important it is to pay attention to every little detail,’ Volk added.
TalTech is participating in the international steel bridge competition BRICO for the fourth time; this year, the competition includes nine teams from Estonia, Lithuania, and Poland.
High school engineering enthusiasts Taimar Paate and Liisa Tatar from the Rõngu Secondary School will also participate in the competition as job-shadows of the organising committee. ‘We came here to familiarise ourselves with TalTech and the work of engineers, especially bridge engineers, but also to follow the creation of different bridges. They even trusted us with mounting a bridge.’
BRICO is sponsored by TalTech, MARU, TREV2, Mapri Ehitus, Nordecon Betoon, YIT, Novarc, Kaamos, K-Projekt, and Fractory