Students Invited to Enter International Cold-Formed Steel Competition

The 2014 International Student Competition on Cold-Formed Steel Design is seeking students who are ready to put their creative-thinking skills to the test and eager to learn new technologies.

Cold-formed steel refers to products made by rolling or pressing thin gauges of sheet steel into goods. Cold-formed steel has several advantages over other traditional construction materials in that it weighs less, costs less, is easier to transport and requires less labor. Dr. Cheng Yu, associate professor in the Department of Engineering Technology and coordinator of the Construction Engineering Technology Program, added, “Cold-formed steel structure is the newest generation of building systems that enables the construction industry to utilize 21st century’s inventions in manufacturing, building information modeling, and logistics technologies. UNT is hosting the only student competition in the cold-formed steel community worldwide; it is a good thing to have on campus.”

Hosted for the fourth year by the University of North Texas, the competition helps promote a professional interest in cold-formed steel, an economical and recyclable construction material, by encouraging the participation of undergraduate and graduate students in any major. In 2013 a total 55 students from 5 countries participated in this event.

This year’s challenge involves designing an optimal cross section shape for a 96-inch long cold-formed steel stud column which provides adequate compression strength and utilizes the least amount of material. The competition requires that students work on the problem individually, with no team solutions being accepted.

Sept. 30 is the deadline to submit entries, and winners will be announced in December. The top three students will be recognized with a plaque and monetary award. The winning designs also will be exhibited at professional conferences, as well as promoted on websites and in newsletters. The top 10 students will receive a one-year Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute membership.

The sponsors of the competition are the University of North Texas, National Science Foundation, American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), and Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute. The competition was launched by Yu, who said, “This international student competition improves the reputation of UNT abroad and leads to long-term international relationships between UNT and top universities.”

In 2010, Yu was awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER award for a five-year research project to study the design of cold-formed steel shear walls and to develop high-performance structures.

For more information, visit the Cold-Formed Steel Design competition website.

Read the AISI press release.

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