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Student Projects for Engineering Experience & Design

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Timber Bridge:

Here’s the challenge:

You have wood, your engineering skills and not much else. Use these to move people and material over natural obstacles. The bridge you build must be able to withstand loads up to 4,500 pounds.

Work to meet this challenge and you will:

-Gain practical design and engineering skills in real-world situations
-Learn how to interpret natural topography and how to overcome challenges posed by natural obstacles
-Develop team-working and leadership skills
-Use your engineering knowledge to compete with other teams across the country
-Get hands-on experience working with wood

This year the Clarkson Timber Bridge team partnered with the Clarkson Cycling Club to design, fabricate and install a timber frame foot and bicycle bridge spanning a sensitive wetland located in the Seven Springs Recreation Area (about 20 minutes from campus). The team partnered with representatives from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to locate a suitable crossing for mountain bikers to access the current trail system.

The 20-foot bridge was designed during the early fall and installed prior to winter break. The Timber Bridge team takes on outreach projects like this on a yearly basis.  A second timber frame bridge was also built in the spring semester and will be used on campus near the newly completed theme houses.

Advisor: Levon Minnetyan