Design of Engineering Structures and Components lab
The lab for this module includes running through tutorials on SolidWorks to learn different features, to aid in the design on our bridge. Two initial bridge designs must be created in SolidWorks (CAD software), a safe design and an optimised design that is as lightweight as possible. How well our bridge perform and how light it is compared to the lightest bridge that wins will determine our mark. Don’t be fooled that this can be done easily, both first year and second year knowledge must be utilised to analyse the forces in each member, the types of loading and deflection to give an accurate representation of how the bridge will hold under physical testing.