Overall length of boat:
21 ft 2 in.
Net weight of canoe:
Three Layers of Un-impregnated Graphite
Separated by Plastic Grids
2nd at Nationals
U. of Central Florida
P: Greg Laue
VP: Leah Tracy
S: Alicia Lewey
T: Zinnah Reeves
PR: Shane McNeil
Dr. John Gilbert
Mr. Bob Dieterich
Mr. Tim Barnett
Mr. John Martin
Mr. Jeff Lindner
Mr. Kirk Smith
By separating three layers of an unimpregnated graphite fiber mesh by two layers of plastic netting, we introduced the revolutionary new concept of adaptive reinforcement.
We treated the competition as a business venture, and placed second at nationals.
Our boat was 21'2" long and weighed 69 lbs. The 465 psi, low modulus concrete had a specific weight of 28
Our goal in 1997 was to tie
UC Berkeley’s all time record of four national wins. We met the
challenge with "KnotCrackin."
With renewed vigor, we
rekindled our interest in producing an ultra-light composite
frame. Three layers of a graphite fiber weave were separated by
two layers of plastic mesh.
We introduced the
concept of adaptive reinforcement, revolutionizing the process for
designing and constructing thin-walled reinforced concrete composite
We treated the
competition as a business venture and finished second at
nationals. Our fourth victory would have to wait until 1998!
Alumni Notes: Last year's
trophy exchange and the rule that allowed a second place competitor to
go with us to nationals if we were to win again eased tensions at the
Southeast regional. The introduction of a national steel bridge
competition also helped.
The big guns seemed satisfied following the banquet. Florida
won, Southern Tech got to go to the bridge competition, and Florida
Institute of Technology (FIT) attended nationals with us.
The other national contenders underestimated out compatriot from the
Southeast, and they never knew what hit them when FIT and us finished
top two. Our hats went off to FIT when they received their trophy,
and we breathed a sigh of relief knowing that we didn't have to beat
them next year at the regional level to advance to nationals.
The Chapter suffered a big loss when Dr. Crull elected to take a job
at the Army Corps of Engineers but Mr. Bob Dieterich and Mr. Tim Barnett,
two of our part time faculty, became heavily involved in supporting our
efforts. Later that year, Jeff Lindner offered a technical
elective entitled, "Concrete Canoe Design." The course
made a big difference in the 1998 season.
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