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Teams are challenged to apply sustainability concepts and to use their knowledge of concrete mixture design by producing pervious concrete which balances permeability and splitting tensile strength. Teams are additionally challenged to develop a mixture design which demonstrates cementitious efficiency; i.e. maintaining the overall performance of the mix with the lowest amount of cementitious material. A report that documents the team’s cylinder production process and ability to generate an accurate mix design is also scored. Only teams judged to have a complete and accurate mix design are eligible for inclusion in the Cementitious Efficiency prize category.
Two prize categories are offered, Cylinder Performance and Cementitious Efficiency. First, second, and third place entries in both categories will be awarded a certificate of recognition, will be recognized in Concrete International magazine (if space allows), and will be recognized on ACI's website. In addition, for each category the first place team will receive a $750 award, the second place team will receive $500, and the third place team will receive $250. Results will be announced and prizes awarded at the student lunch, the day following the competition.
Each school shall be eligible for only one prize per category.
This competition uses a falling-head permeameter method, see Figure 1. A picture of a similar (but not exact) falling-head permeameter test setup may be obtained in ACI 522R-06 “Pervious Concrete.” A parts list used in the permeameter is also available upon request. General information on pervious concrete can be obtained from ACI 522R, ACI 522.1, and ACI 211.3, Appendix 6. Note: ACI documents are available to student chapters in the MCP online through the local chapter.
These rules have been approved only for the Fall 2018 competition, a PDF copy can be accessed here.
All American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) specifications listed refer to the most current version available.
ACI reserves the right to perform a detailed examination and check all entries for compliance with the competition rules, errors (intentional or unintentional) in the Official Mixture Design spreadsheet, and for plagiarism in the report. Due to the complexity of this task, the examination may be done after the competition if needed. If the examination shows that a team did not follow the rules or plagiarized, the team, their advisor, and all of their school teams may be disqualified. ACI Committee S801 will further document recommendations to disallow the team, their advisor, and/or school/university from participation in future ACI competitions and submit this to the Student and Young Professional Activities Committee for possible action. By participating in the competition, use of student reports and competition results for future competitions, presentations, or data analysis by ACI committees and members is expressly permitted.
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