2 OPERATION 30 minutes continuous use by single operator Maximum operator payload of 200lbsSteering column mounted thrust throttleOperator adjusted lift powerStanding positionDual rudder steering
3 SAFETY Lift power adjusted prior to mounting All motors started and checked prior to mountingPre-operation inspection of steering and skirt integrityProtective gear to be wornFan-blade housingInitial trials conducted with supervision and balance assistance
4 LIFT FAN ANALYSISAir flow vs. rpm curves for various fan manufacturers require a 12 inch fan, 6 and 8 blades, and fixed pitch of degreesA fan of this size needs to rotate at approximately 3600 rpm
5 LIFT ENGINEAir pressure and lift calculations with a fan efficiency of 70% and a motor efficiency of 85% require a 2.5HP motorThe lawn mower engine is oversized by approximately 0.3HP to compensate for pressure losses in the skirt, fan, and platform assembly
6 THRUST ANALYSIS FORCES ON HOVERCRAFT Reynold’s #:Air Drag:Exposed surface, plate approximation: 1.1mX1.6mμk assumed to be ~ 0.04
7 THE GOVERNING EQUATION Newton’s 2nd Law:After solving differential eq. and taking t to gives max velocitySelect a fan that satisfies the constraints
8 SELECTION OF FAN AND MOTOR 30’ diam. 2 blades, 6 hp, 1725 max rpm, 9500 max cfm, 13 degree pitchEq. yields 6 max mphThe important properties that affect hover speed: weight, kinetic friction, and fan volumetric flow rate and diameter
9 SELECTION OF THRUST ENGINE Gas engine with at least 4.5 hpEngine inefficiency: need hp6.4 hp, ¾’’ diameter shaft, 4 stroke, electric start, on/off start, choke, and throttle16.9 L x 13 W x 13.8 H, 55 lbs
10 PLATFORM DIMENSIONSDimensions for the plywood platform are 2.5’ x 6.25’6” extended outrigger system maintains the necessary space for all equipment and the riderBalance was a contributing factor in the sizing of the platform
14 CONTROLS Rudders swing side to side by moving handlebars Rudders attached with door hinges and supported by rodThrottle cables for lift and thrust engine attached to handlebars
15 SKIRT DESIGN Pliable and Durable Material: Reinforced nylon from a whitewater raftAttached to outrigger and base to form semi-circle ringReinforced holes
16 BUDGET*We currently have a useable engine for lift, but, since it cannot be left on the Cialitron after the final demonstration, we are looking for a permanent engine
17 WAIVER AND RELEASESince our project has a notable risk of injury to the person and property of the rider, we thought it best to draft a waiver releasing Columbia University from liability for any/all injury sustained while riding the Cialitron.All members of LevTech have signed this waiver.Any person wishing to ride the Cialitron must sign a waiver.
18 Where do we go from here? Next Steps: starting fabrication of the parts for which we currently have materials (including the lift engine)ordering parts from McMaster et al.continuing our aggressive search for engines that fit within our budgetincreasing the intensity of our donation campaign
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