Overall length of boat: 6.4
m (21 ft)
Net weight of canoe: 47.6
kg (105 lb)
kg/m3 (52.9 lb/ft3)
Reinforcement: Three Layers of Spatially Separated Un-impregnated
Placement: 2nd at Regional
Regional Conference: FIU - University of Miami
National Competition: Drexel University, Philadelphia,
P: Sarah Yeldell
VP: Matt Barron
S: Mo Bryant; Paul Robichaux
T: Todd Watts; Kareen Labrador
COB: Jackie Whitaker
Dr. Houssam Toutanji
Dr. John Gilbert
Mr. Tim Barnett
Mr. John Martin
Canoe Chair: Jackie Whitaker
Coach: Todd Watts
Mr. Phil Gentry
Ms. Kay Bradburn
was a completely new breed of concrete canoe.
We strategically tuned the hull by lowering its natural
frequency so that the forcing function created by our paddlers drove
the boat toward resonance.
the flexible hull deformed in response to the torsional and bending
moments applied, very large stresses and strains developed.
We strove to keep all of the materials elastic so that the
structure was absolutely resilient, enabling the strain energy
stored in the deformed shape to be recovered. As we pulled our paddles
from the water, this energy was converted into forward momentum, thereby
forcing our boat to surge forward between strokes and swim.
lean more about this unique creation, see our 2003
We recently received a Congressional set aside to explore the
possibility of using our materials to retrofit parts in aerospace
vehicles (article) and are working with NASA
Langley in that regard. As reported in an article
entitled, "Rocket Science," written by Dave Denson, the
concrete used in our 2001 entry was used by another group on campus to
build a prototype rocket. They successfully launched their vehicle
and plans are underway to build a larger and more advanced prototype
with the concrete mixture employed this year.
Jae Haroldsen recently published an article
in Odyssey Magazine entitled, "Floating Concrete?." The
article describes how we built "Survivor," the boat that won
us our fifth national championship in 2001. Michael Behar wrote
another article that appeared in the December, 2002 issue of the Smithsonian
Magazine entitled, "Like a Rowing
Stone." Check them out.
Our media contact is Phil
Gentry. Phil is a member of University Relations at UAH.
His telephone number is (256) 824-6420.
Our faculty advisors are Dr.
Houssam Toutanji [(256) 824-6370] and Dr.
John Gilbert [(256) 824-6029].
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