"University of Kansas (Kansas)"

(20th overall, 15th in paper, 19th in presentation, 16th in product, 17th in races)

Winner of ASCE's "Spirit of the Competition Award"

Product:


Canoe Name: Ad Astra; Canoe Weight: 354 lb; Canoe Length: 20'

Presentation:

The University of Kansas represented the Mid-Continent Conference and made their fifth national appearance.

Kansas relied on 3 men to make their presentation. The presenters were dressed business casual. The team used 1 screen; there were no animations.

The team based their theme on the Kansas State motto. They began their presentation with a team introduction and outlined the roles that the presenters played during the stint.

After highlighting their primary goal, the team discussed their hull design. They explained that they decided to go with last year's design to save time and money.

The team mentioned that they performed a literature survey to come up with a baseline for their mix design. Then, they described the improvements that they made in that regard.

The team outlined their structural analysis and specified the cases studied. They determined that the maximum stress occurred during the four person co-ed race.

The team mentioned that their canoe survived an unexpected impact when it was dropped the day before. Evidently, one of the cable supports gave way during the canoe weigh-in. They pointed out that this proved that their entry exceeded the normal design requirements.

The team described how they constructed their canoe. They outlined the curing process and explained how they finished the surface to improve the aesthetics.

The team mentioned how an increase in paddling practice helped them to get to nationals and described how they improved their team dynamics to make them more competitive. Then, they brought their presentation to a conclusion.   

Questions and Comments:

  • What is the most important characteristic that you think needs to be addressed in hull design?
  • What are the most important geometrical factors that should be taken into account?
  • What property were you most concerned with when using non metallic fibers?
  • Why is white Portland cement white?
  • Does the use of straight Portland cement always lead to the production of an unsustainable product?
  • Why do you think that the elimination of smaller aggregates leads to higher strength?
  • Where did you invest the cost savings that came from materials?
  • Why didn't you file an accident report for the damage sustained during transport?
  • Considering the cable failure yesterday, what modifications would you make to our canoe weighing system?
  • What feature do you attribute your canoe's survival to?
  • Had we told you that we would drop your canoe, what analysis would you have done to see if it would survive?

Commentary:

Overall, the presentation went well but some of the questions were difficult to answer.

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