The American Concrete Institute announces the winners of its Fiber-Reinforced Polymer (FRP) Composites Student Competition, held recently at the Concrete Convention and Exposition in Cincinnati, OH, USA.

The competition objectives were for students to design, construct, and test a concrete structure reinforced with fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) to achieve the optimal load-to-cost ratio, predict the ultimate load, and predict the load that will result in a piston deflection of 3.5 mm (0.14 in.).

Structure Type 1 Category

1st place: Universidad Central Del Ecuador (Ecuador)

Students: Amaguaya Pacalla Mario, Cárdenas Sánchez Marlon, Morales Arcos Luis Vicente, Quilumbaquín Álvarez Emerson Patricio, Albán Duque Erik Jonathan, Brito Fray Juan, León Tapia Alexis

Faculty Advisor: Ing. Sánchez Oñate Diego Mauricio, Ing. Luis Wladimir Morales Gubio

2nd place: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (USA)

Students: Dalton Brookshire, David Rall, Paityn Jansen, Martin Witges, Holly Liebel, Josh Hemann, Joel Kuhlmann

Faculty Advisors: Anne Werner

3rd place: Bannari Amman Institute of Technology (India)

Students: Govindhan Shanmugam, Gowtham Thirumoorthy, Ranjithselvan Karuppusamy, EniyaChandramouli Gunasekaran

Faculty Advisor: Manjunath Nochikkuttai Venkatachalam

Structure Type 2 Category

1st place: Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador)

Students: Bernardo Carrera, Daniela González, Mirta Grefa, Elizabeth Rueda, Melanie Soria

Faculty Advisor: Eng. Gustavo Tapia

2nd place: North Carolina State University (USA)

Students: Amy Butler, Renzo Cieza Morro

Faculty Advisors: Roberto Nunez

3rd place: University of Minnesota Duluth (USA)

Students: Joshua Comstock, Grant Magnuson, Matthew Henderson, Joshua Tomczak, Brandon Anderson

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mary Christiansen

Registration for the Fiber-Reinforced Concrete (FRC) Bowling Ball Competition will open on November 1, 2019. The competition will take place during The Concrete Convention and Exposition at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, IL, USA, on March 29, 2020.

ACI's nationally recognized student competitions give students the opportunity to participate in interesting and educational concrete projects. For more information on ACI’s Student Competitions, please visit