Aerospace Engineering Department
BS in Aerospace Engineering
The purpose of this experiment is to investigate and understand composite structures and the effect of different layup methods on the composite structure, particularly a composite I-beam. One must learn the procedure on how to build the composite I-beam and put it together then build the final composite I-beam and enter the I-beam in the 14th Annual Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) Student Bridge Contest. The competition will be held May 25th, 2011 in Long Beach, CA. The I-beam was entered in the competition and placed 4th out of 5. The goal for this experiment was to hold a 2,000 lbf , the beam held a force of about 1,000 lbf and a moment of about 10,000 lbf-in. The beams final mass was about 418 grams.