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University of Balamand Civil Engineering students won second and third prizes in the ACI (American Concrete Institute) Egg Protection Device Competition

September 20, 2017-The University of Balamand Civil Engineering Department claimed second and third prizes in the ACI (American Concrete Institute) Egg Protection Device Competition, where twenty groups from 6 Lebanese universities participated in the competition.

The competition focused on designing and building the highest-impact-load resistant plain or reinforced concrete Egg Protection Device (EPD).

The University of Balamand participated with three teams, team 1: Dola Nehmeh and Antoine Helal supervised by Dr.Nagib Gerges, team 2: Rula Rachkidi and Majd Younes supervised by Dr.Hikmat Zerbe, and team 3: Mahfoud Shaikh Al-Shabab and Vladimir Abou Sejaan supervised by Dr.Tony Gergess with the support of Dr.Nariman Khalil, Eng. Philippe Hawi, and Eng.Nina Helal.

The results were announced on September 20th at the Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand Hotel, during ACTS-ACI Lebanon Chapter Annual Conference on Future Concrete, and the Balamand teams won the second place (Rachkidi-Younes), and third place (Nehmeh-Helal).

The aim of the ACI competition is to learn and report on concrete's impact resistance and other real-life aspects which an EPD simulates.

Students in the competition designed a reinforced concrete frame restricted to specific dimensions and weight and limited steel reinforcement. The designed EPD was exposed to an impact load of 8 kg falling, one time, from each of the following increasing heights of 0.5 m, 1.0 m, 1.5 m, 2.0 m, 2.5 m, and up to five times from the maximum height of 3.0 m.

The winning EPD was determined based on the maximum energy (load x height) prior to failure and larger number of impact repetitions at 3.0 m height, for EPDs reaching this load stage, and based on a minimum mass of the EPD that should not exceed 3000 grams.

The University of Balamand civil engineering teams were able to meet all the requirements of the testing procedures and were thus awarded second and third prizes.

Our Congratulations! ​​​​​​
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