ACI announces winners of student fiber-reinforced polymer composites competition

The American Concrete Institute (ACI) announced the winners of its 2015 Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites Competition. The competition took place at The Concrete Convention and Exposition in Kansas City, Missouri, over April 12 through 15. The first, second, and third place teams received cash awards of $750, $500 and $250, respectively.

During this exciting competition, students designed, constructed and tested a concrete structure reinforced with fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) bars to achieve the optimal load-to-cost ratio, predicted the ultimate load and predicted the load that would result in a piston deflection of 0.14 inches (3.5 mm).

Structure Type 1 Category (Straight Prismatic Beam)
1st Place: Universidad Central del Ecuador: Edwin Ivan Cahuatijo Sojos, Verónica Yolanda Torres Cueva, Verónica Alexandra Castro Cerón, Juan Carlos Cajamarca Chauca, Erick Fernando Zumárraga Potosi
Faculty Advisor – Luisa Paulina Viera Arroba

2nd Place: Escuela Politecnica Nacional: José Antonio Samaniego Pactong, Julieana Maribel Romero Gualán, Edwin Iván Lituma Cruz, Juan José Torres Valdivieso
Faculty Advisor – C E Eugenia De Las Mercedes Villacis

3rd Place: The University of Texas at Austin: Noah Mcilhon, Matt Comer, Andrea Cruz, Ricardo Soto, Chi Phung
Faculty Advisor – Kevin Folliard

Structure Type 2 Category
1st Place: Universidad de Cuenca: José Alberto Gallardo Briones, Teodoro Esteban Amaya Astudillo, Juan Pablo MendietaCorrea, Pedro José Márquez Pesantez, Klever Marcelo Maurad Guncay
Faculty Advisor – Fernando Zalamea

2nd Place: Universidad San Francisco de Quito: Andres Robalino, Daniel Murray, David Gonzales, Juan Pablo Stacey, Victor Tapia
Faculty Advisor – Eva Lantsoght

3rd Place: Universidad Central del Ecuador: Victor Andrés Cando Lara, Luis Fernando Cando Lara, Pedro Vicente Corregidor Maldonado, Angel Daniel Paucar Velasteguí
Faculty Advisor – Margarita Flor Ph.D

For more information on ACI’s Student Competitions, please visit

Structure Type 1 First Place winners from Universidad Central Del Ecuador
Structure Type 1 First Place winners from Universidad Central Del Ecuador

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