One of the most famous aspects of the WKU Civil Engineering department is the annual student participation in the Concrete Canoe Competition. This year-long project requires seniors to design, manage construction for, and compete with a twenty-foot long boat made out of concrete and reinforcement. It is important to know the loads that the canoe will experience during its use in paddling races. The process for determining these internal forces is called structural analysis. For my project I will be discussing the analysis process employed for the 2013 concrete canoe, exploring accuracy, technical knowledge required, and the practical application of all computations.
Advisor(s) or Committee Chair
Professor Matthew Dettman
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Daley, Aaron J., "A Discussion of Structural Analysis Techniques for Western Kentucky University's Concrete Canoe, "Courageous"" (2013). Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects. Paper 393.