Arthur G Erdman, T. M. Berg, A. Malewicz, S. Overgaard, D. Seeley, G. D. Meixel, B. Hoffmann

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Humans have attempted to convert peddling motion into rotating propellers for water transportation for over 100 years. Until recently, all watercraft floated on the top of the water during propulsion. The goal of this project was to build a human-powered, propeller-driven, hydrofoil-supported watercraft to compete for the world speed record that will fly on the water at speeds of 10 mph or greater. Design challenges include the development of subsystems for propulsion, flotation, control, and structural support, that can readily accept the changes resulting from analysis of the engineering data on the performance of this craft. This paper outlines several aspects of the process for the initial development of the hydrofoil, the propeller, the frame, and the transmission.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Dec 1 1987


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