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IV Composites Bridge Contest SAMPE Brazil takes place at IPT in São José dos Campos

Thursday, October 5, 2017  
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Students Make Strong Showing at SAMPE Brazil

The 2ndSAMPE Brazil Composites Week is taking place this week (Oct. 2-6) at the Technology Park of São José dos Campos, SP. Some events will take place at the Lightweight Structures Laboratory from IPT (Institute for Technological Research).

Day one featured the IV Composites Bridge Contest, which is a worldwide competition, its goal is providing real design experience of a composite structure for university students studying materials and mechanical design.

The competition included 22 teams, representing over 120 students. The competition has four categories, as well as a global winner. The latter must have been the winner in at least one of the four categories. The winners were Centro Universitário FEI and Universidade São Francisco; in category C, related to a square profile and glass fiber composites, no team managed to qualify. The overall winner was FEI.

José Everardo Baldo Junior, a researcher from LEL, participated on all the procedures, which included presentations from each team to a jury of experts and testing of the specimens to verify their failure loads. “It is very rewarding to verify the commitment of the students during the presentations and the cheering during the testing when their goals are met,” says Baldo.

Hugo Borelli Resende, the researcher responsible for LEL, emphasized the relevance of competitions like this for thegreat practical learning of design techniques for the students, which leads to better chances of getting good job offers.

The Contest was mainly sponsored by the Barracuda Group, and its Chief Engineer and CEO, Jorge Nasseh, also SAMPE Brazil President, was responsible for the coordination of the event.

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