Students at the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC), in Kansas City, Missouri, teamed up with students from the Missouri University of Science and Technology (MS&T), in Rolla, Missouri to design and construct a 4.9 m (16 ft) pre-tensioned concrete beam using pre-stressed steel strands. The beam was entered into the 2014 Big Beam Competition, sponsored by the Pre-stressed Concrete Institute. The competition consisted of entrants from across the United States and Canada. Using skills learned throughout their undergraduate and graduate academic careers, the students designed the beam, which was constructed at Core Slab Structures in Kansas City, Kansas, for strength and durability. Upon completion of construction, the beam was shipped to Rolla, Missouri where it was strength-tested under the attentive eyes of the faculty at MS&T. The results from this test were entered into the competition. The UMKC and MS&T team placed 1stin the Midwest Region and 5thnationally.
Team members from UMKC were Timothy Hines, Mayuri Patil, and Kristen Reynolds. Team members from MS&T were Hayder Alghazali, Alex Griffin, Eli Hernandez, Reed Norphy, and Kaylea Smith. Advising faculty at UMKC were Dr. Ganesh Thiagarajan Ph.D. P.E. Associate Professor and Dr. John Meyers Ph.D. P.E. Associate Professor. Advising faculty from MS&T included Mr. Brian Swift, Senior Research Design Engineer (for providing the facility for testing the beam). The 2014 Big Beam Team would also like to mention and sincerely thank Coreslab Structures (Kansas) Inc., PCI producer member sponsor for Big Beam for the facilitation of construction of the beam, Mr. Mark Simpson of Coreslab Structures, who has been a great help throughout the design and construction process, and Mr. Bruno Burgess of Coreslab Structures, for coordination with the construction team and the arrangement of beam transportation to the testing facility.
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Names of the Big Beam team members in the picture on the SEAKM website (from left to right) are Alex Griffin, Hayder Alghazali, Timothy Hines, Mayuri Patil, Kristen Reynolds, Kaylea Smith, and Eli Hernandez.
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