# Well look at that :D

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#### MarkFL

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Congratulations!

What was your official number, and how close was second place?

#### ZaidAlyafey

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At my university a similar contest was organized but the winner wasn't even close to that number it was I guess 180 ...

#### kanderson

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I think I hit around 250-260 pounds, first place, got trophy and a small cash prize which I assume is being mailed because they didnt give it to us their. The second place team hit 239 pounds I believe. Just a side note we used the catenary curve to get our arch.

#### ZaidAlyafey

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I think I hit around 250-260 pounds, first place, got trophy and a small cash prize which I assume is being mailed because they didnt give it to us their. The second place team hit 239 pounds I believe. Just a side note we used the catenary curve to get our arch.
Oh wait that was in bounds , I thought it was in kg. It is still a good number though .

#### kanderson

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The tensil strength our wood was really bad this year so we would've never made it to your 389 pounds or 180 kilograms. but yeah, we had a student who did a triangle design on the stronger wood and it went to 304 pounds. Wonder what a catenary curved arch can do with better wood.

#### Jameson

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Victory: winning contest
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Victory >>> Fail though so you still win

Congrats!! Is there a next level beyond the local competition? You could be national champs maybe.

#### kanderson

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I really dont know, we are supposed to go to some ceremony at the end of the school year. Will bring my papers I had to submit to the university about the contest.

#### MarkFL

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If I recall correctly, the catenary is the strongest arch as the load is distributed evenly.

#### kanderson

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I think so to. It had to do with it supports it self against gravity alone and then after that is what you put on it or something.