FRP Composites Student Competition Winners Announced by ACI

The American Concrete Institute announces the winners of its Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composites Student Competition. The FRP Composites Student Competition winners were announced during the Concrete Convention and Exposition in Cincinnati, OH, USA.

The competition objectives were for students to design, construct, and also test a concrete structure reinforced with fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) to achieve the optimal load-to-cost ratio, predict the ultimate load, and predict the load that will result in a piston deflection of 3.5 mm (0.14 in.).

Structure Type 1 Category

1st place: Universidad Central Del Ecuador (Ecuador)

Students: Amaguaya Pacalla Mario, Cárdenas Sánchez Marlon, Morales Arcos Luis Vicente, Quilumbaquín Álvarez Emerson Patricio, Albán Duque Erik Jonathan, Brito Fray Juan, León Tapia Alexis
Faculty Advisor: Ing. Sánchez Oñate Diego Mauricio, Ing. Luis Wladimir Morales Gubio

2nd place: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (USA)

Students: Dalton Brookshire, David Rall, Paityn Jansen, Martin Witges, Holly Liebel, Josh Hemann, Joel Kuhlmann
Faculty Advisors: Anne Werner

3rd place: Bannari Amman Institute of Technology (India)

Students: Govindhan Shanmugam, Gowtham Thirumoorthy, Ranjithselvan Karuppusamy, EniyaChandramouli Gunasekaran
Faculty Advisor: Manjunath Nochikkuttai Venkatachalam

Structure Type 2 Category

1st place: Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador)

Students: Bernardo Carrera, Daniela González, Mirta Grefa, Elizabeth Rueda and also Melanie Soria
Faculty Advisor: Eng. Gustavo Tapia

2nd place: North Carolina State University (USA)

Students: Amy Butler, Renzo Cieza Morro
Faculty Advisors: Roberto Nunez

3rd place: University of Minnesota Duluth (USA)

Students: Joshua Comstock, Grant Magnuson, Matthew Henderson, Joshua Tomczak and also Brandon Anderson
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mary Christiansen

Registration for the Fiber-Reinforced Concrete (FRC) Bowling Ball Competition will open on November 1, 2019. The competition will take place during The Concrete Convention and Exposition at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, IL, USA, on March 29, 2020.

ACI’s nationally recognized student competitions give students the opportunity to participate in interesting and also educational concrete projects. For further information on ACI’s Student Competitions, please visit

About ACI

The American Concrete Institute is a leading global authority for the development, dissemination, and also adoption of its consensus-based standards. It also serves as a technical resource and offers educational, training and certification programs. The association began in 1904. Additionally, it has its headquarters in Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA. It also has a regional office in Dubai, UAE. Additionally, the ACI has a resource center in Southern California.

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