Vancouver, B.C. (April 24th, 2014) – Kryton International Inc. is excited to be sponsoring the University of British Columbia (UBC) Concrete Canoe team as they compete in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Concrete Canoe Conference Competition, held April 24 – April 27 at Oregon State University. The UBC Concrete Team is a student run club that designs, builds, and races a canoe made of concrete.
Kryton is a silver sponsor of the team, and our Krystol products have been added to the concrete mix as the only waterproofing solution, to ensure the canoe stays dry against hydrostatic pressure.
The UBC Concrete Canoe Team is a very new, 100% student run design team with 20+ members. They are comprised of members in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year Engineering registered with the ASCE. The team allows students to work collaboratively with each other to complete the design with the constraints given in the rule book.
The Concrete Canoe Competition is a concrete design competition for Civil Engineering Students. It involves:
The UBC Team’s design goals were to use a lightweight concrete; to use local products and resources; and to create a high quality precedent for future teams.
Structural analysis was performed by estimating the demands of the canoe, followed by an analysis of the internal stresses as a result of these demands.
In the absence of 3D-modeling, it was necessary to reduce the problem to a complex enough model to capture the structural behavior, while being simple enough to analyze.
This approach was broken down into three processes:
The team contacted Kryton in early October of 2013 and visited our Vancouver Head Office to discuss the mix design for concrete. Kryton supplied the team with two 5 kg pails of our Krystol Internal Membrane (KIM-HS) Concrete Waterproofing Admxiture to use in their mix design.
Prior to 2014, the team completed the mix design for the concrete with a final density of approximately 990 kg/m2. In late January 2014, they constructed the canoe formwork, and finally cast the canoe at Armtec precast facilities.
About Kryton International Inc.
Kryton International Inc., named as one of B.C.’s best places to work four years in a row, is the inventor of the crystalline waterproofing admixture and has been waterproofing concrete structures with its proprietary Krystol technology since 1973. Kryton is a pioneer of crystalline waterproofing and leads the industry today through its active involvement with the American Concrete Institute, International Concrete Repair Institute, American Shotcrete Association and many other thought-leading organizations. Kryton manufactures and exports its products to more than 50 countries globally.