"Michigan Technological University"
(5th place overall; 11th in paper; 4th in presentation; 3rd in product)


Tech relied on 5 people to deliver their presentation.  They used 1 screen and presented their effort from a business standpoint.

The team introduced themselves and focused on how they arrived at the name of their boat.  They stressed that the project was completed on time and under budget.

The team elaborated on the salient features of their canoe and highlighted the attributes of their design.  They said that they relied on IDEAS for their structural analysis and specified the critical loading.  They explained how they achieved the required strength and outlined the testing methods employed.

The tensile and compressive strengths for their concrete were given and details were given regarding constituents such as aggregates and admixtures.  The team elaborated on their testing program and detailed their reinforcement.

Form construction came next and the team provided details of the construction and curing methods employed.  They mentioned how much time they spent on construction and elaborated on the concrete curing cycle.

The finishing methods were given next and the team mentioned practice sessions and their training program.  Finally, they said that innovations led to a very fast construction time.

Questions and Comments: 

  • How was the force of the water modeled in ProLines and IDEAS?
  • How did you achieve the precision outlined in your mix table?
  • Does the ASTM standard that you mentioned in your report apply for computation of the elastic modulus?
  • Explain how you could determine the modulus of elasticity using another test.
  • The judges asked the team to explain their rationale for adding lime.
  • Is the two-person loading really the critical loading condition?
  • How did you construct the boat so quickly when you had to place so many layers?
  • Where did you acquire your Class-C fly ash and where did you get the value specified for its specific gravity?


Canoe Name: Keweenaw Miner 
Length: 20.25 ft
Weight: 208 lb
Color: copper

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