June 22, 2008
June 22, 2008
June 25, 2008
Ocean and Marine
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Model Building and Testing as an Undergraduate Research Approach to Advancing Air-Assisted Marine Vehicle Technology
High-performance air-assisted marine vehicles can benefit many naval and civil applications. However, traditional R&D methods for these craft require enormous resources and sophisticated facilities. An innovative undergraduate research approach has been initiated that aims at advancing the air-supported marine vehicle technology. An emphasis is made on building and testing models of novel air-assisted amphibious transport concepts. One research project and outreach activities are described in this paper.
Advanced air-assisted marine craft, such as Power Augmented Ram Vehicles (PARV), Wing-In- Grounds (WIG), and Air Cavity Ships (ACS), can benefit many naval and civil applications, including landing/patrol/rescue missions, high-speed Sealift, Arctic operations, and shipping and recreational industries. For example, a demand for these craft has been demonstrated by a recent Broad Agency Announcement of the Office of Naval Research.1 Due to complexity of technologies associated with high-speed motion at the air-sea interface and complex physics of multi-phase flows, traditional rigorous R&D approaches require enormous resources and sophisticated facilities. These problems hold back the advancement of high-performance fast marine transportation.
At the same time, these impressive technologies are very appealing to undergraduate students interested in motor sports on the water, ground, and air. Although most undergraduate students do not have sufficient fundamental knowledge for traditional research on advanced topics, these students are very responsive to the build-and-try method for complex engineering problems. At Washington State University, an alternative and productive research approach in high- performance marine vehicles has been recently initiated.
Small-scale models of air-assisted marine craft with relatively simple structures are designed by a faculty advisor and built and modified by undergraduate students. Propulsion and control system elements for these models are acquired inexpensively from hobby suppliers. The modular model design allows us to test many parameters and to come up with new technical ideas in much shorter time frame and at much lower budgets than it would be possible in traditional R&D. Although our tests do not aim at very precise measurements, the engineering-level accuracy can be achieved with specifically designed low-cost force balance systems, manual pressure multiplexers, and other sensor/data acquisition elements. Outdoor tests with remotely controlled self-propelled models of air-assisted craft in a variety of test conditions add to the understanding and confidence in the novel marine vehicle concepts and serve as great demonstrators for marine industry and for recruiting and retaining students in engineering.
The main steps in this program on advanced marine vehicles are planned as follows:
Matveev, K. (2008, June), Model Building And Testing As An Undergraduate Research Approach To Advancing Air Assisted Marine Vehicle Technology Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--3093
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