The team began by explaining that their presentation of “The Mayfield” was dedicated to the memory of Jeff Mayfield, a faculty member that was an avid kayaker that recently passed away.
Two male and one female team member gave the presentation. The team outlined the steps taken during hull design and mold construction. They elaborated on the design specifications and attributes and explained the methods and materials used to reinforce the boat. They explained how composite tests were conducted and discussed the numerical analyses performed to study their design. They treated the section as a “slab on grade” as opposed to pure bending and used the four-paddler configuration with actual paddler weights to estimate the design loads.
The judges began by asking how did you compute the section properties of your lay-up?
The judges pointed out that the hull was geometrically complex. What steps were taken to transfer the shape from paper to form? How was geometry taken into account during the analysis? What calculations made on last year’s design prompted you to make this year’s design changes?
How did you join your materials in different locations along the hull? If you could change one thing what would it be? Finally, the team was asked about their organizational structure and who the team leaders were.
Name: The Mayfield