Concrete Canoe Racing Stimulates Interest in ASCE Student Chapter

ASCE Student Chapter, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1977, Vol. 47, Issue 11, Pg. 44-45

Document Type: Feature article


Concrete Canoe construction and racing have become a very popular ASCE Student Chapter activity. Such a program can publicize a chapter's activities in general and can serve to attract students to a civil engineering major. The Student Chapter at the U.S. Air Force Academy has found the interest generated by the canoe competition to carry over to other programs such as monthly professional meetings. Included in the article is a discussion of concrete mix design using expanded shale and styrofoam aggregate, stability and strength analyses, canoe fabrication techniques, and a unique steam-curing device. Because of the great participation in the actual design and construction, the decision as to who gets to race is made on the basis of hours spent on the project and the results of time trials conducted at a local lake.

Subject Headings: Concrete | Students | Concrete construction | Shale | Aggregates | Strength of materials | Fabrication | Lakes

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