of Florida (Gators)"
Excellence in Design Award
After a brief introduction the team introduced their theme and outlined their presentation. They began with project management and the project schedule. Then it was on to hull design where the team explained how they modified their bow.
The team described how they integrated the shape into a FEM package so that the critical loads could be determined. The required specifications were provided along with a desired factor of safety.
The team explained that they tested 30 mixes before selecting their final mix. They outlined the mix constituents and elaborated on the attributes of their design. After specifying the tests conducted and outlining the results, it was on to hull and canoe construction.
The team explained how they constructed and finished their boat. And, after giving a brief summary of the canoe’s attributes, the team brought their presentation to a strong conclusion.
Questions and Comments:
Overall, this was a very strong performance.
The "Gators" from the University of Florida
The Gators’s hull was reinforced using 3 layers of carbon fiber/Kevlar mesh. The team included polypropylene fibers for secondary reinforcement. Matrix materials included poraver and K-1 glass spheres.
They improved on their hull design by incorporating a new bow sghape. The team enhanced the graphics on their entry and paid a great deal of attention to detail. The Gators highlighted a pirate theme; they created their cross section as a cannon and their display as a treasure chest.