DULUTH - University of Minnesota-Duluth students took on a unique stress challenge Friday.
Students in the civil engineering program conducted a test on two 16-foot concrete beams.
The beams were designed by the students.
They tested their reinforcement to see if their calculations would match the real-life activity.
Both beams were reinforced with traditional materials and one had tension wire added.
"It's really easy to have everything that you think is perfect on paper and it usually doesn't turn out that way in real life. So, it's interesting to do the hands–on stuff," said civil engineering grad student, Robert Kostick.
Two separate classes took part in the challenge.
UMD is one of the only schools in the nation to conduct tests like this.