This morning in the Stevin lab, a group of U-BASE enthusiastics with the CCR committee as leaders, has casted the concrete canoe for this year's race in Enschede. Months of preparation went into this: choosing the right type of concrete mix, building an organization to make the canoe and especially lots of hours have been spent on building the mould. And now it all lead to this moment.
This year's committee has built a complete new mould, designed to challenge the best and aim for the first place. The concrete mix of this year is a geopolymer concrete, with glassfibers and glassfiber nets as reinforcement. This is a very sustainable type of concrete, produced by the committee's partner Orcem. This morning, about 12 students have been busy for a few hours mixing it, placing the reinforcement nets and then swiping the concrete on the mould. Now the canoe has to harden for a while, after which it will be taken out of the cast and have its maiden voyage near the lab. And then: on to Enschede to win the first prize!