The popularity of concrete canoe races is presumably based in part on the general dismay that heavy concrete can float on the water. Concretekenu competitions have a tradition in the United States for almost half a century, but their popularity is also growing in Europe. The boats participating in the competitions are made of ferrocement, one of the aims of the competition is to learn about and utilize the specific behavior and technical parameters of the material, which differ from the traditional reinforced concrete structures. The competition provides an opportunity to experience the relationships of geometry, material composition and technology directly through the design and construction of the canoe. Since 2013, the departmental team has been participating in the competitions in Hungary. Due to faculty traditions and potential, we primarily strive to optimise the geometry of the ship – but we also experiment with material composition and formwork technologies. In recent years, we have taken the overall first and second place, and several times our canoes have been awarded the Innovation Special Prize.
Other participants include:
Alumni: Dr. Károly Juhász (and many others)