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Authors' Class Standing

Joshua Pevitz, Sophomore Daniel Brunson, Sophomore

Lead Presenter's Name

Joshua Pevitz

Faculty Mentor Name

Michelle Howell

Abstract

This project seeks to find if it is possible to apply soliton theory to reduce or eliminate surface disturbances that a watercraft produces as it moves. It aimed to do so by developing several unique hull shapes crafted from the principles of soliton theory that were optimized for different sizes and styles of vessel. The solitons used were derived from sets of partial differential equations whose solution has the unique ability to maintain its shape as it propagates. Through a combination of modeling programs and advanced manufacturing methods, students created physical and computer models to test the soliton boat design. Utilizing Embry-Riddle’s new non-linear wave lab, students were able to take measurements using high definition and high speed cameras in such a way that the fluid flow around the ship could be recorded. In combination with computer simulations, this quantitative data was analyzed and resulted in HELWAVE’s conclusion surrounding the application of solitons.

Did this research project receive funding support (Spark or Ignite Grants) from the Office of Undergraduate Research?

Yes

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HELWAVE: High Efficiency Low Wake Aquatic Vehicle Exterior

This project seeks to find if it is possible to apply soliton theory to reduce or eliminate surface disturbances that a watercraft produces as it moves. It aimed to do so by developing several unique hull shapes crafted from the principles of soliton theory that were optimized for different sizes and styles of vessel. The solitons used were derived from sets of partial differential equations whose solution has the unique ability to maintain its shape as it propagates. Through a combination of modeling programs and advanced manufacturing methods, students created physical and computer models to test the soliton boat design. Utilizing Embry-Riddle’s new non-linear wave lab, students were able to take measurements using high definition and high speed cameras in such a way that the fluid flow around the ship could be recorded. In combination with computer simulations, this quantitative data was analyzed and resulted in HELWAVE’s conclusion surrounding the application of solitons.

 

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