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Chomarat’s carbon fibre reinforcement product C-Grid was used by civil engineering students during the 2008 American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) National Concrete Canoe Competition in Montreal, Canada.
Of the 22 finalists, four teams of students from colleges and universities around the United States used C-Grid in the design and engineering of the canoes. The overall winner, The University of Nevada, Reno, applied light prestressing cables with C-Grid, while other teams combined spun woven carbon fibre fabric and/or and glass fabric together with C-Grid to fabricate their canoes. Three additional teams that used C-Grid were Youngstown State University (15th overall), The University of Houston (14th overall), and Fairmont State University (20th overall).
The teams were judged in four categories: overall appearance, technical design paper, oral presentation and paddling. The University of Nevada, Reno’s canoe, Argentum, had zero deductions out of 100 in the design category and won the overall title, ending the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s five-year winning streak. This was the fourth year that C-Grid reinforcement technology has been used by teams in the ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition since it was commercialized.
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