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Drexel University's Concrete Canoe Team and their paper presentation at the Mid-Atlantic Student Conference

Drexel University's Concrete Canoe Team, operating under Drexel's ASCE Student Chapter, competes in the annual Mid-Atlantic Student Conference. During this three-day conference, teams from all over the region fight for bragging rights of who has the better concrete canoe.  The team  was placed first in the Design Paper category, just one of four categories in the Competition. The Oral Presentation, Product Display, and the Races are the other three categories. In this competition, students are challenged to design, build and race their concrete canoes, and due to its competitive nature, teams from around the country work year round to prepare for the competition.  The team set out in May of this year to work on their project.  Team members are using a modified shotcrete technique in order to "spray" their concrete canoe. This differs from the past 6 year in which the team had used a dual-mold system (pour concrete in a female mold and displace the concrete with a male mold).  Last year's canoe, Imperial, was the last generation of the dual-mold system, for this year they are tackling a more sophisticated and innovative method of casting a canoe. They plan to shot our first canoe with this method early next year, perhaps mid-January. This will likely be their prototype to a final canoe they plan to shot in mid to late February.  Aside from designing and constructing the physical canoe, there are dozens of other tasks they plan to complete.  The project consists of several tasks.  These are: concrete design, construction design and assembly, intense aesthetic consideration, intensive technical writing, researching information, superior use of presentation software, strength and paddling skill, and the list goes on.

So with returning members at an all time high this year,  they hope to complete all tasks we take on and ultimately produce a superior product.

The Concrete Canoe team finished first in the design paper presentations and second in product display.

Their paper can be accessed from: DESIGN PAPER_IMPERIAL

In the process, team used several ASTM standards. These include:

ASTM C192/C192M-07, Standard Practice for Making and Curing Concrete Test Specimens in the Laboratory.

ASTM C39/C39M-04a, Standard Test Method for Compressive Strength of Cylindrical Concrete Specimens.

ASTM C1611/C1611M-09a, Standard Test Method for Slump Flow of Self-Consolidating Concrete.

ASTM C1621/C1621M-09b, Standard Test Method for Passing Ability of Self-Consolidating Concrete by J-Ring.

The team will continue to refer to Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Senior Seminar for their team project. They should also find Group Therapy: a group project survival guide page very useful as they continue to work on their group project.

Facebook: Drexel Concrete Canoe Group


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