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  • DESIGN PAPER 2015 ASCE CONCRETE CANOE COMPETITION

    UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI

    ULTRA

  • i

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Table of Contents………………………………………………………………………….i

    Executive Summary…………………………………………………………...…………..ii

    Project Management………………………………………………………………...…….1

    Organization Chart………………………………………………………………………...2

    Hull Design………………………………………………………………………..………3

    Structural Analysis……………………………………………………………………...…4

    Development and Testing………………………………………………………………5 -7

    Construction………………………………………………………………………..…8 - 10

    Project Schedule………………………………………………………………………….11

    Design Drawing………………………………………………………………………….12

    Appendix A – References………………………………………………………………….

    Appendix B – Mixture Proportions…………………………………………………………

    Appendix C – Bill of Materials…………………………………………………………….

  • ii

    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

    For the past 16 years, Miami

    has been the home for Ultra Music

    Festival, a celebration of electronic

    music that not only fills the city

    with vibrant and colorful people,

    but also generates an economic

    boom year after year with tourists

    coming from all over the world.

    This annual music festival has

    become a tradition for the young

    generation in Miami, and it is for

    that reason that UM-ASCE

    Concrete Canoe team decided to call

    the 2015 canoe, Ultra. With this theme, we hoped to exemplify the University of Miami’s

    energetic, driven, and enthusiastic attitude and bring that excitement to the 2015 ASCE

    Southeastern Student Conference, as a taste of one of Miami’s most famous events.

    The University of Miami is located in the heart of Coral Gables, Florida and has

    become one of the most diverse academic institutions in the nation. Founded in 1925, the

    University of Miami is currently home to over 15,000 students from across the globe. The

    College of Engineering is one of 13 colleges at the University of Miami with approximately

    1000 undergraduate students, 160 of whom study in the Civil, Architectural, and

    Environmental Engineering Department.

    Each year, the University of Miami’s Concrete Canoe Team competes in the

    Southeastern Student Conference (SESC). In 2005, the team revived its canoe program

    after a brief hiatus with The U-boat. Four years later, our team made it to top ten two years

    in a row with The Storm Surge and ¡La Fuerza! Two years ago, The Heat turned out to be

    the best University of Miami canoe finished product through the use of a female mold for

    construction.

    This being our 10th year

    competing and learning from

    previous mistakes, we are

    confident that Ultra will have great

    chances of placing and perhaps

    going to Nationals. We hope to be

    making University of Miami’s

    Concrete Canoe history. Ultra will

    showcase the knowledge and

    experience that the University of

    Miami ASCE chapter has acquired

    in the design and construction of

    past concrete canoes. Having designed to sail through the water at high speeds with smooth

    and stable turns, Ultra will be a top contender at the 2015 SESC.

    Image 1: Main Stage at Ultra Music Festival

    Canoe Properties

    Weight (approximate): 200 lbs

    Length: 21.5’

    Maximum Width: 36” Maximum Depth: 17”

    Average Thickness: ½” Colors: Black, Silver, with Neon Spots

    Concrete Unit Weight 62.4 pcf

    Compressive Strength 1600 psi

    Tensile Strength 385 psi

    Reinforcement Ruredil X Mesh Gold

    hectorcastaneda Typewritten Text S&P-Armo/

  • 1

    PROJECT MANAGEMENT

    The project management of Ultra incorporated an upgraded method of construction with proven quality controls to build upon past weaknesses with new designs and

    innovations.

    To stay on task, responsibilities were divided by the co-captains amongst the team

    members. Major milestones included hull design completion, final mixture selection, mold

    completion, canoe casting, and form removal. Prior to the release of the 2015 concrete

    canoe rules, a tentative schedule was formulated to accomplish these tasks. Multiple

    makeup days and contingency plans were formulated to ensure Ultra would be completed

    in time for the competition. This schedule allowed the team to keep on track and on budget

    despite several hiccups along the way. The project was consistently at or close to the initial

    schedule, allowing time to institute levels of quality control. The prescribed schedule also

    allowed extra time to implement new ideas, such as a three-part modular mold design.

    The team observed proper preparation methods for each task and safety measures

    were always a top priority. Required safety standards were implemented for each

    individual phase of the project and updated Material Safety Data Sheets for the materials

    used were readily available.

    Safety was of the utmost concern

    throughout the process, both in the

    construction phase and the testing phase.

    The construction site and the lab were kept

    clean, organized, properly ventilated, and

    properly lighted at all times. The use of

    gloves, masks, and protective eyewear was

    a requirement for anyone working with or

    near chemicals and certain harmful

    materials. Use of power tools was limited to members with proper training and experience.

    Closed toed shoes were mandatory during construction sessions to minimize the risk of

    injury to any members of the team.

    Quality control was of high importance during the construction of Ultra.

    Experienced team members arranged teaching sessions to demonstrate proper casting

    techniques for the new members. This training helped immensely to familiarize the whole

    team with the construction process. At least one of the co-captains was present at every

    construction or testing session to provide expertise and oversee development. This year’s

    team was incredibly devoted and dedicated to their project, resulting in the clean and stylish

    finished product of Ultra.

    300 hrs

    175 hrs1200 hrs

    Man-Hours Spent on Each

    Phase

    Design

    Testing

    Construction

  • 2

    ORGANIZATIONAL CHART

    Project Manager

    Hector Castaneda (Senior) 2nd year in Concrete Canoe Competition

    Project Manager

    Michael Herrera (Junior) 1st year in Concrete Canoe Competition

    Josh Jordan (Grad.) 4th year in Concrete Canoe Competition

    Mix Design and Testing

    Valentino Rinaldi (Grad.) 1st year in Concrete Canoe Competition

    Michael Herrera (Junior)

    Mackenzie Cerjan (Senior) 2nd year in Concrete Canoe Competition

    Design Paper and Presentation

    Codi Funakoshi (Senior) 2nd year in Concrete Canoe Competition

    Jimena Lopez (Senior) 2nd year in Concrete Canoe Competition

    Leonard Barrera (Senior) 3rd year in Concrete Canoe Competition

    Sergio Claure (Senior) 3rd year in Concrete Canoe Competition

    Mackenzie Cerjan (Senior) 2nd year in Concrete Canoe Competition

    Eric Antmann (Grad.) 1st year in Concrete Canoe Competition

    Sathvika Ramaji (Senior) 3rd year in Concrete Canoe Competition

    Crystal Leon (Junior) 1st year in Concrete Canoe Competition

    Michael Herrera (Junior)

    Hector Castaneda (Senior)

    Hector Castaneda (Senior)

    Michael Herrera (Junior)

    Hector Castaneda (Senior)

    Codi Funakoshi (Senior)

    Construction and Development

  • 3

    HULL DESIGN

    The 2015 concrete canoe team set out upon designing a new and innovative shape

    for Ultra. This was done by studying the previous year’s design and understanding what

    problems the canoe and rowers experienced while it was in the water. We determined there

    were two main concerns, which ultimately defined the final hull design for this year’s

    canoe: thickness of the hull, and the width and length of the canoe.

    The 2014 concrete canoe, The Concrete Jungle, had suffered a longitudinal crack

    in its keel during the competition, which compromised the seaworthiness of the entire

    canoe. Our primary objective for this year’s canoe was to ensure the integrity of the