Students put design skills to the test

AMC pasta bridge competition
AMC pasta bridge competition
AMC rat-trap boat race
AMC rat-trap boat race

First and second year Maritime Engineering students put their design and project management skills to the test for two of their most anticipated and challenging assignments.
The Rat Trap Boat Race and Pasta Bridge competitions were held on Friday, 13 May, representing the culmination of weeks of hard work and last-minute design tweaks. 
The day started in the Model Test Basin with the Rat Trap Race, where first year students competed for the title of fastest rat-trap powered vessel over 10 metres. Chris Coppard’s team took line honours with a time of 18:40 seconds.
This was followed by the Pasta Bridge competition, which saw second year students vie for the title of strongest bridge made from dried pasta. The competition rules state that the bridges must have a one-metre span, weigh less than 1kg and be made from commercially available pasta and glue.
This year’s winning team, Lord of the Bridges, smashed last year’s record of 134kg with an astounding weight-bearing effort of 174kg. Congratulations to team members Aaron Nash, Michael Farmakis, Ellen Redden and Yuting Jin.
Two other teams also broke last year’s record, with Dodgy, Dodgy Fabrications Inc and San Remo Structures recording an impressive 161kg and 156kg respectively.
While 2009 teams averaged 46kg, this year’s field almost doubled the effort with an average supported weight of 90kg. The Pasta Bridge competition has been running for four years.

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