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SIUE ACI Student Chapter at 2019 ACI Fall Convention!

November 19, 2019, 2:35 PM 

The American Concrete Institute (ACI) Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composites Student Competition was held on 27 October at the Fall ACI Concrete Convention and Exposition in Cincinnati, Ohio.  While competing against 40 other universities, the Luke Snell SIUE ACI Student Chapter team placed second in the Structure Type 1 category.

Students involved in this competition include: Dalton Brookshire, of Nokomis; David Rall, of Belleville; Paityn Jansen, of Breese; Martin Witges, of Columbia; Holly Liebel, of Liberty, Mo.; Joel Kuhlmann, of Edwardsville; and Joe Hemann, of Highland.

“The SIUE Luke Snell ACI student chapter competes in an international concrete competition every semester,” explained Brookshire. “The goal of this semester’s competition was to design and construct an economical light weight concrete beam reinforced with an FRP rebar.”

At the competition, the team’s beam was tested to compare their prediction of a 3.5mm deflection and ultimate load versus the actual load of the beam. Another factor was to achieve the lowest cost per load.

“The construction industry is a small community,” said Brookshire. “Students that attend these ACI competitions not only gain knowledge of concrete properties, but also have an opportunity to network with other students and industry professionals. The relationships made during the ACI conventions prove to be extremely valuable for students upon entering the industry.”

“The students worked very hard to prepare for this competition,” added Anne Werner, PhD, P.E., associate professor in the Department of Construction. “Their second place finish in an incredibly competitive international student competition is truly remarkable.”

Photo shows both SIUE and MS&T students at the student competition in Cincinnati.

 

MST, UMKC, STL & SIUE ACI Student Chapters at 2019 ACI Fall Convention!

Congratulations to the teams sponsored by the Missouri Chapter of ACI for a great showing at the Student Competition during the Fall 2019 ACI Concrete Convention and Exposition in Cincinnati!  In the Type I Beam competition, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville brought home a 2nd place finish, while UMKC and STL had strong showings among the field of 38 teams.  Missouri Science & Technology (4th place) had a strong placement in the Type II Beam category. The Missouri Chapter of the American Concrete Institute is proud of how you have represented us well!

Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Beams
Student team's goals were:

  • Design, construct, and test a concrete structure reinforced with fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) reinforcement to achieve the lowest cost-load ratio. Cost is defined as the calculated batch cost for concrete materials and chemical admixtures plus the cost of the FRP used to reinforce the structure; adjusted for forming costs for more complicated geometries and reduced by credits given for implementation of sustainable design concepts.
  • Predict the ultimate load.
  • Predict the load that will result in a piston deflection of 3.5 mm (0.14 in.).

 

A structure will be classified as a TYPE 1 structure if it is a straight prismatic beam; that is, its cross section is prismatic and the centroid of the cross section (based on the gross concrete cross section) does not vary along the span. A TYPE 1 structure may have a rectangular or non-rectangular, cross section; however, if the cross section is non-rectangular then a Complex Formwork cost adjustment will be applied as specified in Paragraph 4.3. Any structure that does not meet the requirements for TYPE 1 will be designated as a TYPE 2 structure.

More details about the student competition can be read here on the ACI Website

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MST & SIUE ACI Student Chapters named 2018 Outstanding University Winners!

The American Concrete Institute has named Missouri University of Science & Technology and Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville with the ACI Award for University Student Activities.

The award uses a points system based on participation in concrete related activities and programs to reward academic institutions. Universities that have earned 12 or more points are recognized as Excellent and those with six to eleven points achieve Outstanding status.

Points can be earned for the number of students with ACI membership, participation in regional and national concrete competitions, ACI Convention and Committee attendance, community service, student chapter activities, and hosting campus meetings and events.

Submissions for this year’s award program increased by 70% from 2017. Thirty-five universities were designated as Excellent and eighty as Outstanding for the year 2018. Awardees will receive an electronic banner to display on social media and a physical banner to display on campus. Applications for the 2019 program will be due January 31, 2020.

The complete list of the 2018 ACI Award University Winners are available online under the 2018 Past Winners section at www.concrete.org/students/universityaward.

 

Student competition at the Fall 2018 ACI convention in Las Vegas

The Missouri Chapter ACI had 3 teams entering the student competition at Las Vegas in October, 2018. This year's competition was to make a 4 X 8 inch cylinder of pervious concrete. The cylinder was judged on how fast water would pass thorough the concrete, tensile strength as determined by the splitting cylinder test, the cement efficiency of the mixture design and a written report.

This is a worldwide event with 52 schools from South America, Canada, USA and the Middle East competing. Although our schools did not win, they did represent our chapter well. The results are were:

  • University of Missouri Kansas City - 10th overall, best result was 3rd in tensile strength
  • Missouri Science and Technology – 14th overall, best result was 8th in report writing
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville – 45th overall, best result 24th in tensile strength. 

Fantstic job representing the Missouri Chapter ACI!