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A team of Civil and Mechanical Engineering students form the University of Southampton has been awarded first prize in a European design competition organized by the European Pultrusion Technology Association (EPTA).
The brief was to design an elevated bicycle highway to provide a link between the city of Amsterdam and Schiphol Airport. The cycleway had to be constructed from pultruded Fibre Reinforced Polymer composites (FRP), and contain three cycle lanes within a fully enclosed and safe environment. The students used the shape of a tulip for their structure- the national flower of the Netherlands. Their cycleway also featured elliptical windows and curved surfaces, in keeping with the architecture found at the airport.
The team additionally had to consider health and safety features and the environmental impact as well as alternative sources of energy.
Team member James Barber said: “Throughout this project teamwork skills were developed by the whole group, and each team member had the opportunity to act as chairman, secretary and treasusrer. The allocation of a budget to the project by the University, and the addidtional sponsorshipfrom SP Systems, Fibreforce and Scott Bader, has given the group the opportunity to appreciate the financial aspects of an engineering design project.”
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