2014 International Student Competition on Cold-Formed Steel Design
Official Website http://cfscompetition.unt.edu
March 24, 2014
The mission of the International Student Competition on Cold-Formed Steel Design (CFS Design Competition) is to promote higher education in cold-formed steel structural design and to encourage students to use creative thinking skills to solve engineering problems.
After the successful 2013, 2012 and 2011 competitions, the 2014 Competition is hosted again at the University of North Teas. We encourage the participation of any students at any level in any major as long as you are creative, interested in designing things, and eager to learn new technologies.
Cold-Formed Steel Engineers Institute, www.cfsei.org
National Science Foundation, www.nsf.gov
American Iron and Steel Institute, www.steel.org
American Society of Civil Engineers, www.asce.org
University of North Texas, www.unt.edu
The 2014 CFS Design Competition is open to all full-time students at any level. All student entrants are required to work on the problem individually, and no team solutions are accepted.
Roger A. LaBoube, Ph.D., P.E., Distinguished Teaching Professor, Missouri University of Science and Technology, US.
Rick Haws, P.E., NBS Group Services, A Nucor Company.
Yuanqi Li, Ph.D., Professor, Tongji University, China.
Yared Shifferaw Bayleyegn, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Drexel University, US.
Cheng Yu, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of North Texas, US.
September 30, 2014 Submission deadline. All submissions shall be received electrically before 6:00 pm at student entrant's local time.
November 2014 Winners selected by the Judging Panel.
December 2014 Winners announced.
January 2015 Awards mailed to the winning students.
1st place student will receive a $600 USD monetary award.
2nd place student will receive a $400 USD monetary award.
3rd place student will received a $250 USD monetary award.
Each of the top 3 winning students will receive an Award Plaque.
Each of the top 10 winning students will receive a one-year CFSEI student membership.
The winning designs will be recognized and exhibited at appropriate platforms such as professional conferences, websites and news letters.
The 2014 CFS Design Competition Problem:
The total score of a valid design consists of two parts: 80% for Efficiency, 20% for Feasibility.
Q and A:
1. The CUFSM only takes two decimals for coordinate inputs but my design has many small elements which need at least four decimals for the node coordinates.
Solution: Use '1/100 inch' as the length unit so that you can adopt
more decimals for the coordinates. Here is
What is Cold-Formed Steel?
Cold-formed steel - Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_formed_steel
CCFSS Cold-Formed Steel for Students. http://www.ccfssonline.org/Student/Student.html
For More Information:
Additional questions on the competition subject, CUFSM software, and submissions should be addressed to:
Cheng Yu, Associate Professor
University of North Texas
3940 E. Elm St., Suite F115
Denton, TX 76207
The Competition organizer would like to thank the Sponsors for their financial supports. The Competition is partially funded by the National Science Foundation through a CAREER award (NSF CMMI #0955189). The momentary awards for 2014 Competition are provided by the American Iron and Steel Institute. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this Competition do not necessarily reflect the views of the sponsors.
The 2014 competition problem was designed by the Judging Panel, their technical advises to this event is greatly appreciated. Special thanks go to Dr. Ben Schafer at the Johns Hopkins University who provided the CUFSM software for this event.
The Competition could not be successful without the promotion and support by the following organizations:
American Iron and Steel Institute, Education Committee,
American Society of Civil Engineers, Cold-Formed Member Committee,
Structural Stability Research Council, Thin-Walled Structures Task Group.
Last updated 03/23/14