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Tent design for disaster areas scoops accolade

A project assessing the best tent design for use in disaster areas has won Cambridge civil engineering student Petia Tzokova £250.

Tzokova presented her research project at the ICE East of England graduate and student papers competition held at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, last month.

She was a member of a team undertaking the project for a masters in engineering at Cambridge University.

The team collaborated with the Switzerland-based Shelter Centre, which provides temporary shelters for people made homeless in disasters and conflicts throughout the world.

The project involved tests on three tents provided by the Shelter Centre, the Department for International Development and the Red Cross.

Tests included foundation designs, tent behaviour under wind load, bolt hole locations and tensile strength.

Tzokova goes forward to the next round in which papers from all ICE regions will be considered. Three will be selected for the national final.

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