The Third National Competition of Structural Design, 24-29 November 2009 Shanghai China 2009年11月24至29日澳大學生參加由上海同濟大學主辦之『第三屆全國大學生結構設計競賽』
The UM Team members
Luo Sai, Liu Bing and Duan Yajuan, Civil Engineering undergraduates of the University of Macau, took part in the “National competition of Structural Design 2009, China” hosted by Tongji University in Shanghai from 24 to 29 November 2009. The UM team was led by Prof. Kun Pang Kou and Dr. Chi Chiu Lam to compete with 59 teams from 58 universities in China which included the Tongji University, the Tsinghua University, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong University etc.
The aim of the competition is to develop friendship and to enhance better understanding among civil engineering students with different cultures from different regions of China. It is also expected that, through this competition, closer ties and improved relationships can be established between the departments of civil engineering of the universities. The first competition was held in Zhejiang University in 2005. The University of Macau was invited to join the second competition which was hold by Dalian University of Technology in 2008.
The title of this year competition is “Goldwind cup”. The theme of the competition was to design and fabricate a wind turbine and the supporting tower to withstand different level of wind loading. The main materials for fabrication were balsa wood and glue. In the competition, each team was required to submit a report of their structural design first, and then finish the fabrication of their designed model within three days. Then, the wind turbine model and tower were tested by applying wind with three different speeds. The corresponding power generated by the wind turbine model was recorded and the deformation of the tower must be within a design limit. The prize ranking of the qualified model was then decided based on the amount of generated power by the wind turbine and the total weight of the turbine and tower. The lightest model which also produced the largest power received the highest ranking.
Through this competition, not only did the students have the opportunity to meet with students and professors from other universities, it also provided opportunities for students and professors from other universities to get to know more about the University of Macau. The next competition will be held in the Harbin Engineering University of China in 2010.