International Journal of Mathematical, Engineering and Management Sciences

ISSN: 2455-7749

Design and Development of Unmanned Hovercraft

Surendar Ganesan
Centre for Autonomous System Research, Vel Tech Rangarajan Dr. Sagunthala R & D Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai, India.

Balasubramanian Esakki
Centre for Autonomous System Research, Vel Tech Rangarajan Dr. Sagunthala R & D Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai, India.

DOI https://dx.doi.org/10.33889/IJMEMS.2019.4.5-093

Received on April 11, 2019
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Accepted on July 04, 2019

Abstract

The present study focuses on the development and performance analysis of unmanned hovercraft. The inherent characteristics of hovercraft such as hovering and gliding on diverse surfaces like water and land are intended for pollution control in remote water bodies. The vehicle is designed with bag skirt configuration for ease and smooth functioning on multiple terrains. Computer Aided Design (CAD) model with incorporation of spraying mechanism as a payload is conceptualized. Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) analysis at internal flow condition is performed and bag pressure of the skirt is assessed. The prototype model of vehicle to accommodate a payload of 0.8kg is fabricated from suitable lightweight materials and the experiments are conducted to explore the desired operation of hovering and forward thrust systems. The performance studies are made with velocity component in linear direction on land and water surfaces.

Keywords- Unmanned hovercraft, Bag skirt, Air cushion vehicle, CFD, Spraying system.

Citation

Ganesan, S., & Esakki, B. (2019). Design and Development of Unmanned Hovercraft. International Journal of Mathematical, Engineering and Management Sciences, 4(5), 1180-1195. https://dx.doi.org/10.33889/IJMEMS.2019.4.5-093.

Conflict of Interest

The authors affirm that there is no conflict of interest to be declared for this publication.

Acknowledgements

The Authors would like to thank the funding support from DST – GITA (Ref: 2015RK0201103) under Indo – Korea joint research collaboration. The technical assistance from Centre for Autonomous System Research and Dept. of Aeronautical Engineering, Vel Tech Rangarajan Dr.Sagunthala R&D Institute of Science and Technology are also greatly acknowledged.

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