Paper Columns: Supporting a load (2 periods)
Students create a structure that is strong in compression, examine failure modes, and use failure analysis, collaboration, and the engineering process to improve their designs.
West Point Bridge Designer (3-4 periods)
Engineering structures are typically designed, tested, and optimized using engineering simulation programs, which incorporate mathematical models of the forces that act on structures and the materials used, and enable engineers to easily incorporate and test changes to the design.
West Point Bridge Designer enables students to design, test, and optimize a design, going through multiple iterations.