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Making the most of engineering

Staff Reporter

Guindy college won the Suspension Bridge Construction contest

— Photo: K.V. Srinivasan

Balancing act: Students giving final touches to a suspension bridge at a competition organised at Anna University, Chennai, on Tuesday.

CHENNAI: It was a suspension bridge made of thermocol, cardboard sheets, thread, plastic straws and ingenuity. Yet, it withstood 2 kg with a deflection (the depression of the deck) of just 0.95 cm, and came first in the Suspension Bridge Construction competition at ‘Civilization-08’ at Anna University here on Tuesday.

Hephzibah Thampi, R. Surya and T. Sushma, of IV B.E (Civil) of the College of Engineering, Guindy, who will take home a cash prize, said they had done curtailment of the deck by giving extra plates at the mid-spans to take more load, which was the bridge did not break.

VIT comes second

The team from the Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) – comprising Vijay Rammohan, Harshvardan and Vishnu Teja - came second in the competition, in which six teams from the College of Engineering, Guindy; PSG Tech, Coimbatore; and VIT took part. The model bridges were judged by a team of lecturers on the basis of how much load they could take, the deflection and span, the concept and aesthetics.

PSG Tech’s team, comprising S. Kaushik, S. Namachivayam and S. Ajay Varun, who took part in the competition just for fun, said it was nice to conceptualise something in half-an-hour and see it take form in three hours, though the judges didn’t select their bridge.

According to R. Anjan Kumar, organiser of the suspension bridge event, the six teams were chosen after a preliminary round with 14 multiple choice questions on the basics of suspension bridges, including torsion effect, aerofoil, what kind of a curve the main cables of a completed suspension bridge follow (parabolic curve), and the suspension bridge with the longest span (it is Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge in Japan with a span of 1,991 metres).

Earlier in the day, Mayor M. Subramanian, who inaugurated the three-day event, requested experts from Anna University to give suggestions for managing the city’s traffic.

Anna University Vice-Chancellor D. Viswanathan and Dean M. Sekar were present on the occasion.

Events planned

Paper presentations on structural engineering, soil mechanics and foundation engineering will also be made during the three-day event, which is being organised by the Society of Civil Engineers and Department of Civil Engineering, Anna University.

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