Inland Branch: Egg Protection Device Competition 2016
The 2016 Inland Branch Egg-Protection Device (EPD) competition attracted almost 200 students from the University of Johannesburg and University of Pretoria. This annual event was sponsored by PPC and was held at their Jupiter Works in Johannesburg. Divided into various teams, the students developed a wide range of designs for their concrete devices, following the strict specification and guidelines laid down by the Inland Branch.
The construction of the devices really challenged the students in terms of their knowledge of concrete technology, innovation and engineering design principles. However, of the 49 devices that were entered into the competition only 27 managed to pass the qualifying tests, which included dimensions and overall weight.
Johan van Wyk, as the Vice-Chairman of the Inland branch (who acted as MC for the day) told the students, “the first thing to remember is to read the rules, and the second thing is to follow the rules, which the 22 disqualified teams had failed to do.
Testing of the ability of the devices to protect an egg beneath them was the highlight of the day with a few only lasting 1 blow from the dropped weight.
There were solid, bulky designs as well as light, almost architectural designs, but no-one could accurately predict how long each device would last before it failed. There were clearly some anxious moments for some of the students, some of whom had spent endless hours in the planning and construction of their entries.
Winners of the competition, with a weight-adjusted score of 10 was the "Boni and Kids”, whilst the runner up with a weight-adjusted score of 5.7 blows was the “Dead Pool Team”. Third place went to the “Batlokwa Concrete Society” Team with a weight adjusted score of 5.5. All three teams were from the University of Johannesburg.
The prizes, also sponsored by PPC were presented by Thabiso Maloa, Engineer at the company and consisted of R4,000, R2,000 and R1,000 for first, second and third places respectively.
Full results were as follows:
|Team||Weight of Device||No. of blows to crack egg||Weighted score|
|Boni and Kids||4.642 kg||17||10.0|
|Dead Pool||3.748 kg||7||5.7|
|Batlokwa Concrete Society||5.170 kg||12||5.5|
Boni and Kids
Batlokwa Concrete Society
|Michel Lolo||Waren Mkwanazi||Lipson Maphosa|
|Lifa Mdaka||Bafana Vilakazi||Makgale Malatji|
|Takunda Chipenzi||Lensolate Balane||Matome Rakwala|
|Shegofatso Padi||Tshidiso Moloko||Kgwadu Lekgathe|
|Bonisile Ndlovu||Sfiso Khoza||Nosipho Mathebula|
|Lindokuhle Gumbi||Moloko Mafefe|
|Thabo Kekana||Elials Maelaopo|
In closing the event the MC gave thanks to PPC for their generous sponsorship, and use of the company facilities and resources.
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