We're building the future with steel--and we're looking for great minds to revolutionize how we do it!
It's all about connections, and in this second part of the SpeedConnection Challenge series, we’re putting the pedal to the metal as we examine how to speed up structural steel floor beam connections.
The key words here are FAST and EASY - to design, fabricate, and erect safely - as well as PERFORMANCE. Your outside-the-box idea could become an open-source, non-proprietary system that will revolutionize the entire industry!
We want to hear perspectives from all industries and academic affiliations--architects, engineers (any type), construction professionals/tradesmen, structural steel professionals/tradesmen, researchers, students, entrepreneurs, and anyone else with a spark of inspiration.
Right now, typical structural steel floor framing uses simple shear connections between beams and girders. While this is frequently an easy and economical solution, there is a catch: Shear connections allow the end of the beam to rotate.
While there are a few current connection configurations that will provide additional rigidity (that is, greater resistance to rotation) at beam connections, they are expensive and time-consuming to build and erect.
That’s where you come in. A new, fast and less costly way to make beam-to-girder shear connections into moment connections could reduce beam sizes, deflections, and vibration problems.
We welcome your “back of napkin” ideas that we can help develop into a revolutionary concept.
Please review the document at the following link for a more detailed overview of current methods, challenges, and the solution we are seeking: Rigid SpeedConnection Challenge
Can you invent a solution that:
We are looking for ideas that:
In 1921, a group of steel fabricators set out to unify a fragmented industry that had no universally accepted standards, codes, or practices. They founded the American Institute of Steel Construction. Thanks to their efforts, steel became the material that owners, designers, and engineers chose with confidence.
Over the next 100 years, the country–and the entire world–would undergo unimaginable changes in its constructions and its technologies due in no small part to the role of structural steel. Designers and builders reached for the sky and buildings became taller and taller.
As AISC moves into its second century, it’s your turn to make an indelible mark on the steel industry by participating in the Rigid SpeedConnection Challenge. (#speedconnection)
The Rigid SpeedConnection Challenge offers up to three winners a prize of US $5,000 each for innovative ideas that identify new ways to connect structural steel floor beams that increase rigidity at the connection. In addition, the winner(s) will be featured in Modern Steel Construction magazine (www.modernsteel.com) and on AISC's social media platforms.
To be eligible for an award, your proposal must (at a minimum):
Up to three prizes of US $5,000 each will be awarded to the highest-scoring ideas based on the judging criteria stated in the Challenge Guidelines. A jury of steel industry experts will determine the winner and, in the case of a tie, vote individually.
The Rigid SpeedConnection Challenge encourages participation from all individuals, regardless of professional or academic affiliation. No specific qualification or expertise in the structural steel industry is required--in fact, we encourage fresh ideas from those who aren't experts! Although we welcome ideas from around the world, submissions must be made in English, and all challenge-related communication will be in English. To be eligible to compete, you must comply with all the terms of the challenge as defined in the Challenge-Specific Agreement, which will be made available upon registration.
Individual competitors and teams may originate from any country, as long as United States federal sanctions do not prohibit participation (see: https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/Programs/Pages/Programs.aspx)
Registration and submissions:
Submissions must be made online via upload to the HeroX.com website, on or before the stated deadlines. No late or offline submissions will be accepted.
Our goal is to develop the seed of your idea into a game-changing, open-source, non-proprietary connection solution. The IP of the winning submission(s) will be transferred to the Challenge Sponsor.