Swedish steel competition gives students chance to prove metal

Students are being invited to take part in University Challenge, a competition held in conjunction with the Swedish Steel Prize where entrants must develop innovative solutions using high strength steel.


Students must submit innovative ideas that use high strength steel
Students must submit innovative ideas that use high strength steel

Working in groups or as individuals, students must submit a design study, a production method, a concept or an upgrade of an existing product. All entries must include the use of high strength steel. According to the competition rules, entries do not have to be ready for market, but should have the potential to reach that stage.

Students will get the chance to work alongside experts, refining their projects through methods such as strength and fatigue testing, as well as assessing production and market viability.

“The University Challenge is an excellent opportunity for students to get feedback and recommendations on their design ideas,” says Monika Gutén, executive vice president at SSAB, which is sponsoring the event.

Students can enter as individuals or in teams as big as six
Students can enter as individuals or in teams as big as six

“This is also a good event to network with international participants from all over the world.”

All year groups within structural or mechanical engineering and material design programmes can participate, and teams can have up to six members. The deadline for entry is October 15, and the winner will be announced in November in Stockholm, Sweden. 

Last year’s winner, Manuel Genzor from Spain, submitted a proposal for a lighter and safer chassis solution for an agricultural trailer, which could reduce chassis weight by more than 20 percent.