BS in Aerospace Engineering
Aerospace Engineering Department
The purpose of this report is to summarize the findings on three point bending tests to try to find the optimum geometrical shape and layup configuration of a square beam composed of natural composites. The final project was entered into the SAMPE 2013 bridge building competition to compete internationally against other universities in the natural square beam category. The main focus of the bridge project is to compose it entirely of natural occurring fibers and other natural materials to create a “green” beam. The beams in the competition are tested under 3 point bending tests and will be scored based on the beams’ ability to reach the design load while also minimizing weight. This report will detail the procedures used to create the natural beams and explain the results.