NC State Mechanical Engineering Technology Hovercraft
Two completed hovercrafts - June 12, 1998
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Side view of finished Craft
shot of night class and finished craft
Hull of craft
June 12th 1998: The Day Class hovercraft was finished and tested today.
The Night Class hovercraft had its first test on Friday, June 5th, 1998, a week
ahead of the Day Class. Both crafts have been successfully tested
in the NC State parking lots, and the Night Class has already been on water.
The only problem we ran into on both crafts was a slight weight bias towards
the rear. We will add some internal ballast in the nose of both crafts
to balance them out. A light cinder block resting on the nose of
the Night Class craft helped it plane out beautifully over water.
Both crafts will be on display at the NC State Rib Cookoff in Mansfield, Ohio
on July 9 - 11. Come on out and see the work of our Mechanical Engineering
Congratulations to the students on a job well done!
April 15th: The hull bottoms are skinned and the seams have been
fiberglassed. All structural members are in place, including the
rear engine support (upper right picture). Next step is to install
floatation (about 60 sealed, one gallon milk cartons, capable of supporting
500 lbs) and then skin the deck, sides and front (upper left picture shows
skin cut to fit, ready to attach). The front lift duct was fabricated
and fiberglassed and will be installed after the skin is attached.
Engines are in transit, and skirt material has arrived. We have expanded
our class time to help ensure completion of the project, and the effort
is noticeable -- it's looking more like a hovercraft every week!
Feburary 18th: The NC State Engineering Technology Hovercraft has
become three dimensional. Both the day and night classes have begun
connecting the individual ribs shown above using longitudinal stringers.
The next step is to skin the craft, and our goal for the end of this quarter
is to have the hulls completed. During Spring Quarter, we will work
on fan and duct components and install the engines. The hull will
be covered with 1/8" plywood and filled with foam for floatation.
Both bottom pictures are taken from the front of the craft.