Session Start Date

8-24-2012

Session End Date

8-25-2012

Abstract

The first Student Competition on Cold-Formed Steel Design (CFS Competition) was held at the University of North Texas in 2011. The CFS Competition was initiated by Cheng Yu through a National Science Foundation CAREER award. The objective of the CFS Competition is to promote higher education in coldformed steel structural design and to encourage students to use creative thinking skills to solve engineering problems. The subject of the first CFS Competition is to design an optimal thin-walled cold-formed steel cross section under several pre-defined restrictions. The CFS Completion received total 78 entries from students in 5 different countries. The judging panel considered the elastic buckling performance, the constructability, and the essay in ranking the designs. This paper presents the details of the competition problem, the results, and findings which are helpful for future competitions.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Research Center/Lab(s)

Wei-Wen Yu Center for Cold-Formed Steel Structures

Meeting Name

21st International Specialty Conference on Cold-Formed Steel Structures

Publisher

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

8-24-2012

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 2012 Missouri University of Science and Technology, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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The 1st Student Competition on Cold-formed Steel Design

The first Student Competition on Cold-Formed Steel Design (CFS Competition) was held at the University of North Texas in 2011. The CFS Competition was initiated by Cheng Yu through a National Science Foundation CAREER award. The objective of the CFS Competition is to promote higher education in coldformed steel structural design and to encourage students to use creative thinking skills to solve engineering problems. The subject of the first CFS Competition is to design an optimal thin-walled cold-formed steel cross section under several pre-defined restrictions. The CFS Completion received total 78 entries from students in 5 different countries. The judging panel considered the elastic buckling performance, the constructability, and the essay in ranking the designs. This paper presents the details of the competition problem, the results, and findings which are helpful for future competitions.