Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo"
Design Paper (13th):
Cal Poly went with a P-51 Mustang fighter plane theme. Dressed in flight suits and military uniforms, they elected to use power point as their mode of delivery. The team relied on one woman and two men.
They began with an introduction to explain their theme. This was followed by a skit including a briefing on the status of the boat. Each time technical details were presented, a very simple explanation was given.
The team was asked to define what they meant by "low reactivity" and how they came up with an optimal result from their mix design. They were asked how they determined the thickness of their reinforcement, how they used their practice canoe to enhance the effort, if their was a general in charge of the project, how costs were determined, and how they manufactured their concrete prior to placement. The team did a good job explaining the process.
In general, the team responded well under fire and maintained good body language during the entire question and answer session.
Name: CP-51 Mustang
California Polytechnic State University, located in San Luis Obispo, California, was the representative from the Pacific Southwest Region. This year marked their fifth consecutive appearance at nationals. They have two top ten finishes to their credit. Their highest finish to date was seventh in 1999.
Their canoe wall consists of two different types of lightweight concrete, reinforced by fiberglass mesh and Kevlar strands. The team designed and built a stress-reducing rail along their gunwales to increase the strength of their boat and to give the canoe a nice finished look.