"Ecole de Technologie Superieure (ETS)"
(3rd place overall; 7th in paper; 1st in presentation; 1st in product)


The Ecole de Technologie Superieure represented the Upstate New York Conference and made their third national appearance.

ETS relied on 4 people to make their presentation; 2 men and 2 women.  The presenters were dressed in suits and the presentation was business oriented.  The team used 1 screen and included a video segment to supplement their presentation.

After a brief introduction, the team specified their goal: VICTORY!  They began by describing their hull design and highlighting the attributes of their boat.  

Then, the team went on to structural analysis and explained how they verified their FEA with empirical testing.  They discussed the difference between static and dynamic loading conditions and provided specifications regarding the service loads.

Mix design came next.  The team outlined the constituents and the philosophy behind their mix design strategy.  They elaborated on the curing process and clearly defined their objectives.

Then, the  team described their construction techniques and supplemented their delivery with time lapse sequences.  They described the curing and finishing techniques.  Then it was on to management.

They described their team structure and the development of the project along with the goals and objectives for identifying, recruiting, and retaining new members.  Then, the team brought their presentation to a very strong conclusion.

Questions and Comments:

  • How did you use incorporate the results obtained from your dynamic strain gage measurements into your static results?
  • How do you pass on knowledge to newer members?
  • How did you select the locations for mounting strain gages?
  • Why did you use two different types of latex in your mix?
  • What is the purpose of using latex in the first place?
  • Did you find that the latex increased the density?
  • How did you handle curing considering that you employed large amounts of fly ash and shale?
  • Did you build your boat in the humidity chamber?
  • How long did you keep it there?
  • Did you do any pre-curing?

This was one of the strongest presentations of the day.


Ecole de Technologie Superieure fielded "Toutatis."
Length: 20.0'
Weight: 170 lb
Color: gray, green and black

ETSís hull was reinforced using a single layer of fiberglass mesh placed at the center of the section.  The team included polypropylene fibers for secondary reinforcement.  Matrix materials included recycled glass beads, ceno-spheres, and micro-spheres.  

The team paid attention to detail while constructing their entry.  They performed a dynamic analysis by mounting strain gages on last yearís canoe and used the results to tune this year's static stress analysis.

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