The crew has just finished up putting outriggers on there boat and will be using them to help balance it in case of wind or waves. The entire solar panel along with the outrigger elevator is attached to the main hull with bolts and nuts. Measurements have been carefully made for this part.
Team Aqua Ω came up with a new idea in making a sturdy nose cone involving bending the aluminum pontoon in a certain area to meet together to a cone shape. However we did not realize how hard and stiff the aluminum was gauged and ended up not working to our advantage. We continue to […]
Currently team Aqua Ω has been trying to trouble shoot an idea for the front tip of our boat. We have ideas such as using a sheet of metal to make it or even possibly using fiber glass to make a hard cone on front. This has been the hardest part of making the boat […]
Engineer students along with Team Aqua Ω go to a local canoe and boat supplier to ask questions on how we can use ideas from professional boat builders. We learned any new terms such as rocker and how to make things more dynamic. The presetnations helped with many students design problems and helped get new […]
The team has started to cut the boat a little above the half line on the pontoon for maximum buoyancy. The hull took about 3 jigsaw blades to fully cut through because the blades dulled quickly. Cutting the parabolic back was harder than it looked because of the plug that made the small capsule.
Team Aqua Ω has made plenty of plan drawings and different plans such as making our own frame and boat or using a pontoon. We are leaning towards using the pontoon for a design. The pontoon has been cut in half to be shared by different groups. The designs will differ according to the plans […]
*Please read the whole post* This year 3 teams have been formed (Aqua Ω, Iron Wolf, and Blugatti) in the 2013 Virginia Engineering Club and we look forward to building great solar boats this year. We have two experimental classes, and a regular class team(s). Visit the regatta site here! Watch the experience from the […]