EPDACI held its annual student beam contest at Widener University's structures lab in Chester, PA, on April 7. Ten teams representing five colleges participated. The contest consisted of designing and constructing a 4 ½" wide x 3" deep concrete beam reinforced with two #3 steel bars to span 3'-0". The beams were subjected to a concentrated load at mid span and tested to failure.
Participating colleges were Widener University, Delaware University, Temple University, Rowan University and Lafayette College. Presiding over the event was Professor Vicki Brown, Chairman of the Widener Department of Civil Engineering.
The "Most Accurate Load Prediction at 3/16" Deflection and Ultimate Strength" winner was Rowan University Team CJK with a 9.3% prediction discrepancy. Team members were Chris Petrucci, Jack Elliott and Kyle Selle. Faculty advisor was Dr. Gilson Lomboy.
The "Highest Ultimate Load" winner was Lafayette College Team LAF3 with an ultimate load of 5,736 lbs. Team members were Travis Shoemaker, Tyler Monko, Tobias Gloesslein, Kentaro Mori and Marat Erikov. Faculty advisor was Professor David Mante.
The winners' trophies and prizes were awarded at EPDACI's Excellence in Concrete Awards Banquet held in King of Prussia, PA, on April 19.