American Concrete Institute makes $50,000 available to student teams

The American Concrete Institute (ACI) is making $50,000 available for student teams from international universities to participate in the Fiber-Reinforced Concrete Bowling Ball Competition during the ACI Concrete Convention & Exposition in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, on March 25-29, 2018.

The objective of the competition is to demonstrate the effect of fibers in reinforced concrete, gain experience in forming and fabricating a concrete fiber-reinforced element, and encourage creativity in engineering design and analysis.

The inaugural FRC Bowling Ball Competition was held in 2002 during the ACI Convention in Detroit, MI, USA, and has challenged student teams regularly at ACI conventions since then. Travel stipends of up to $10,000 will be awarded to each of five teams of students from international universities who have not previously participated in an ACI student competition.

Ronald G. Burg, executive vice president, American Concrete Institute, said: “In addition to teams from across the United States, ACI has historically enjoyed participation in our student competitions from universities throughout the Spanish-speaking Americas, the Middle East, and beyond.

“Through this funding assistance, we hope to expand the global footprint of students active in ACI competitions, engage even more students through ACI’s free student membership program, strengthen the network of ACI’s international student chapters, and increase the number of students and professionals contributing to ACI’s knowledge resources.”

Teams interested in applying for the travel fund must submit their completed application by September 30, 2017. ACI will announce the travel stipend recipients by October 31, 2017. Registration and updated rules for the Bowling Ball Competition will be available on January 1, 2018. To submit an application or review past winners and past rules, visit the ACI Student Portal at

Student Competition information can be found at

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