The Queen’s Concrete Toboggan Design Team is a competitive design team providing engineering students a chance to be involved in a multi-faceted design challenge where our team makes safety paramount. The team provides a social atmosphere that strongly encourages and develops team building while also giving engineering students experience with real world design. Opportunities in design, sponsorship, technical writing and creative ability are among the facets that member’s experience. Furthermore, the Team aims to provide
students an opportunity to meet other like-minded students from other disciplines and years of study at Queen’s and from other schools across Canada.
The Concrete Toboggan Team focuses each design year on the final goal of competing at the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race (GNCTR) that takes place each January, with Ottawa, ON being the competition location for 2016. The GNCTR is the oldest engineering design competition in Canada, and each year it draws around twenty schools from across Canada and the United States. The design consists of both concrete and mechanical components as the toboggan consists of a metal frame running on concrete skis. Over the course of the year, mechanical designs must be created for the frame, braking, and steering systems, and then they are fabricated. The concrete mix design is chosen through a combination of research based on performance needs, and through mix design testing which yields real world data about the mix. Then the final mix is poured into the ski molds that have been created, and the skis are left to cure. Lastly, each competing team at the GNCTR has a technical exhibit to showcase both the toboggan and the spirit of the school. Overall, the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race offers a competitive setting to culminate the hard work put in by the Team over the course of the year.