Overall length of boat:
Net weight of canoe:
Two Layers of Un-impregnated Graphite Separated
by Mylar Honeycomb
2nd at Nationals
P: Jon Coign
VP: Richard Marcy
S/T: Chloe Raum
Dr. John Gilbert
Mr. Tim Barnett
Mr. John Martin
Mr. Jon Coign
Mr. Phil Gentry
Ms. Kay Bradburn
We built the world’s first Competitively Aggressive Novelly
Engineered Watercraft ("CANEW") by using a Mylar honeycomb to separate two layers of graphite mesh. We won the races and had the best product and design report but finished second overall. Our boat was 22' long and weighed 75 lb. The concrete (41
lb/ft3; 229 psi) had an elastic modulus of only 4.4 ksi.
Our goal was to produce one
of the fastest and most maneuverable boats in the world.
We built our 22’ long,
75 lb canoe by placing concrete over two layers of graphite mesh
separated by a Mylar honeycomb.
macroscopic analyses were used to quantify aggregate failure, bond
strength, and structural performance.
Alumni Notes: We co-hosted
the Regional competition with the University of Alabama at Birmingham
and Alabama A&M University, and took charge of the concrete canoe
competition. The event went very well and mirrored the national
competition. We had no complaints and there were no protests.
Students from the University of Puerto Rico helped to revitalize the
region and added a new sense of pride to the Southeast contingent.
They helped to foster an atmosphere of mutual respect between the
participating schools and, for the first time in a long time, made the
competition fun. We won our bid to nationals along with our sister
school, the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT).
the national competition over UAH by a hair with the theatrics, promotion,
and advertising associated with their "Sequel." Their
display consisted of a full scale marquis designed to promote their
canoe and accentuate the fact that they would dominate the competition
again in the water. They followed this production by a
multi-screen Power Point presentation based on a film critic's
commentary of their plans to unseat us as the defending champion.
To their credit, both of these Broadway performances were remarkable and
unparalleled in the history of the competition.
However, we managed to edit the final chapter of Clemson's
Sequel. In the end, our team won the races by a mere one point
margin. We placed first in the design report, won the coveted
award for the best product, and placed fourth in the visual
presentation. The most difficult ranking to digest was our
eleventh place finish in the display category.
The competition was the toughest ever with the closest finish in
history. We had to make some very difficult decisions, and were
proud and pleased to compete with a formidable international
contingent. During the competition our design appeared on the
front page of the MARKETPLACE in the Wall Street Journal. Although our technology, innovation, and performance
fell victim to Clemson's theatrics, promotion, and advertising, we
concede that, in the
real world, selling a product is as important as building
it. Congratulations 3CT on a well-deserved win!
Stuart Johnson was elected as president of the Chapter, and Dr. Houssam Toutanji
joined Dr. Gilbert as one of our faculty advisors.
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