Rules

 

Stucture building and applying rules

Bridge category

Material

  • Pasta: commercially available or homemade pasta, made solely of flour (and eggs).
  • Adhesive: any appropriate glue can be applied. The usage is restricted to element bindings at the joints. Strengthening the pasta by glue coating or gluing together the neighboring parallel threads is prohibited.

Loading Platform

  • An 100mm x 50mm x 10 mm plate with a centrally drilled 9 mm bore. The loading force is introduced through an M8 eye bolt, placed in the bore. The eye bolt is fastened by a nut.
  • The plate must not be altered in any way (for instance by boring), and it is to be glued only at the places joining the pasta threads.
  • The loading platform is to be positioned under the pathway, in the middle of the bridge.

Dimensions of the loading platform
Dimensions of the loading platform

Dimensions

  • Distance between the highest (top) and the lowest (bottom) point must not exceed 600 mm.
  • The bottom point must not be lower than 100 mm of the level defined by the points of the supports.
  • The distance between the inner edges of the supports is 1000 mm, therefore the bridge has to be longer than that, but no longer than 1300 mm, and less than 130 mm in width.
  • The total weight of the bridge (including the loading platform, the hook with the nut and the washer) must not exceed 1000 g.

Dimensions of the spaghetti bridge and the place of the loading element
Dimensions of the spaghetti bridge and the place of the loading element

Pathway

  • The bridge must include a 50 mm wide pathway, stretching continuously between two end,
  • For pathway any appropriate pasta can be used (lasagne, wafer),
  • It has to be within the distance closer than 50 mm to the plane defined by the supports,
  • A prismatic body of 50x50 mm in cross-section, and 100 mm in length must be able to be transported along the pathway,

The position of the pathway on the bridge
The position of the pathway on the bridge

Handing in the Bridge

  • Checking the weight criteria of the bridge,
  • Checking the dimension criteria,
  • Ocular inspection of gluing,
  • Checking the pathway function.
  • Any failure in meeting of above conditions draws disqualification.
  • After the breaking, the bridge will be inspected to rule out any inside irregularity of the structure.

Applying the load

  • Supports can be used for holding vertical load forces only. Horizontal support of the bridge is unacceptable,

Proper usage of supports

Proper usage of supports

  • The load is applied to the bridge by pulling the loading platform in vertical direction,
  • The movement speed is 50 mm/min.
  • The bridge is pulled until the bridge is broken,
  • The load capacity of the bridge is the weight, equivalent to the maximal force induced by the pull.

Support category

Material

  • Pasta: commercially available or homemade pasta, made solely of flour (and eggs).
  • Adhesive: any appropriate glue can be applied. The usage is restricted to element bindings at the joints. Strengthening the pasta by glue coating or gluing together the neighboring parallel threads is prohibited.

Loading platform

  • An 100mm x 50mm x 10 mm plate with a centrally drilled 9 mm bore. The loading force is introduced through an M8 eye bolt, placed in the bore. The eye bolt is fastened by a nut.
  • The plate must not be altered in any way (for instance by boring), and it is to be glued only at the places joining the pasta threads.

Dimensions of the loading platform
Dimensions of the loading platform

Dimensions

  • Distance between the highest (top) and the lowest (bottom) point must not exceed 600 mm.
  • The bottom point must not be lower than 100 mm of the level defined by the points of the supports.
  • The distance between the inner edges of the supports is 1000 mm, therefore the structure has to be longer than that, but no longer than 1300 mm, and less than 130 mm in width.
  • The total weight of the support (including the loading platform, the hook with the nut and the washer) must not exceed 1000 g.

Dimensions of the spaghetti bridge and the place of the loading element
Dimensions of the spaghetti bridge and the place of the loading element

Handing in the support

  • Checking the weight criteria of the support,
  • Checking the dimension criteria,
  • Ocular inspection of gluing,
  • Any failure in meeting of above conditions draws disqualification.
  • After the breaking, the support will be inspected to rule out any inside irregularity of the structure.

Applying the load

  • Supports can be used for holding vertical load forces only. Horizontal support is unacceptable,

Proper usage of supports

Proper usage of supports

  • The load is applied to the support by pulling the loading platform in vertical direction,
  • The movement speed is 50 mm/min.
  • The support is pulled until it is broken,
  • The load capacity of the support is the weight, equivalent to the maximal force induced by the pull.