【Awards and Prizes】 Peng Xue, Yuanyuan Wu, Zhengyang Zhu, Qiujun Wang of Takahashi-Wan Laboratory, Department of Systems Innovation, won the first prize in the “2023 SAMPE Student Bridge Contest World Championship”
Peng Xue, Yuanyuan Wu, Zhengyang Zhu, Qiujun Wang
Faculty/Graduate School, Department (Stream / Program) / Major:
Department of Systems Innovation, D2, D3, M2, M2
Name of award and short explanation about the award:
The Society of Advanced Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE) Student Bridge Contest World Championship is an annual competition for lightweight bridges made of fiber-reinforced composites and is divided into eight categories based on the type of reinforcing fiber and bridge shape. The University of Tokyo team won the 2023 competition in Category B (hollow rectangular cross-section bridge using carbon fiber). This is the second year in a row that our laboratory has won.
About awarded research:
The winning team of the Japan competition is sent to this world competition as the representative of Japan. Takahashi-Wan Laboratory had won the Japan competition for the past four consecutive years and the world competition for the last year. After the optimal structural design by FEM utilizing the anisotropic properties of carbon fiber, we repeated the molding and evaluation tests by hand many times and entered the world competition with our best bridge, which was estimated to have the smallest strength variation based on appearance and sound diagnosis.
Your impression & future plan:
We are very honored to receive this award. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to the members of our laboratory for making it possible for us to receive this award. We did the best we could do at the moment, but we feel fortunate to have won against world-class universities which are regular winners of this award. We gained valuable insights and advice from the interaction with these universities, and we will continue to improve our design and molding techniques to pass them on to the younger members of our laboratory.