ASU Concrete Canoe Team


American Society of Civil Engineers


About Us

Every year, the ASU Concrete Canoe Team competes with universities around the U.S. to design, construct, and race a canoe made of fortified concrete. During the competition, each team is scored based on their design paper, final product, presentation, and their placement in the race. For a team to be successful, it must be comprised of creative, innovative, athletic, and hard working people. We are not only engineers; we are also athletes, artists and great friends.

Mix Design

The mix design team develops a strong, lightweight concrete with suitable workability to be placed on the mold. The design includes altering the proportions of cement/pozzolans, aggregates, chemical admixtures, and fibers. The testing includes gradation and absorption of aggregates, compressive and flexural strength of concrete.


The construction team designs and builds the mold, stands, and display with input from Mix Design, Hull Analysis, and Aesthetics. This team decides how to best incorporate the structural elements of the canoe, such as reinforcing meshes, ribs, pre-stressed tendons, and post-tensioned tendons.


The aesthetics team chooses a theme and creates the visual elements for the canoe, stands, and display. This team determines how to incorporate the chosen visual elements into the canoe and finds suitable stains, pigments, and paints to achieve the desired visual elements.

Hull Design/Analysis

The hull design team creates the shape of the hull using ship modeling programs and quadratic splines. This team also performs: hydrostatic and frictional resistance analysis to evaluate the canoes performance in the water, structural analysis on the canoe to determine the stresses experienced during racing to establish concrete strength required and produces the CAD outputs used to create the mold.


The paddling team races the canoe at competition. Members are chosen by attendance at practices, skill, and dedication to the canoe team. Each year, ASU competes against 17 other student chapters at the Regional Pacific Southwest Conference (PSWC). The conference provides us with an opportunity to demonstrate our engineering knowledge and ability. The ultimate goal at regional conference is to advance to the national competition, which is achieved by placing first at the regional conference.