The San Jose University’s American Concrete Institute (ACI) student chapter of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering sent five students to participate in the ACI Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composite Beam international competition. The competition was hosted by the American Concrete Institute in Detroit, Michigan on March 26-27, 2017. Each team was required to design, construct, and test a reinforced concrete beam with FRP reinforcement to achieve the lowest cost to load failure ratio and to predict the ultimate load the beam can take at failure. Although the team did not win the top prize, the students were still able to gain practical experience in concrete design that will come in handy to them in their future career and personal development.
The SJSU ACI student chapter was recognized with the ACI Excellent University award at the convention, which is the highest award given by American Concrete Institute to university student chapters, based on a point merit system listing the activities of the chapter during a given year.
The SJSU ACI team would like to thank the ACI Northern California and Nevada chapter, the local sponsors, and the SJSU Associated Students for funding part of the trip to this national competition.
This post was courtesy of Dr. Akthem Al-Manaseer.