Over several weeks, students respond to a number of mini briefs in which they learn about different structural concepts. This Big Rig event is intended to be the culmination of the project, in which they get to put into practice the concepts that they have been learning about. Teams of students, acting as structural engineers, are commissioned to develop and test a design for a new footbridge. Their test specimens must span the gap between two single-storey Big Rig structures. Here, added excitement and jeopardy is added to the activity from the scale of the testing environment, so the test specimens must be large, and when they ultimately fail, the result will be spectacular. Students learn from how their bridge behaves under testing and from improving their design.
Aimed AtStudents, apprentices and undergraduates.
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