The team set out to develop an automation and control system to operate the existing tow tank located in the FSDE building. Using the control and data acquisition program, the team set out to collect data from the dynamometer as the tow tank operates. The collected data would be used to provide a detailed evaluation of the function of a model hull. The design team will validate the functionality of the model boat, dynamometer, and towing platform.
The UPEI design team has been tasked with integrating the dynamometer, the tow tank, and the tow carriage; As well as creating a user-friendly control and data acquisition interface.
The components that were developed by previous student teams are shown below.
Model hull manufactured by a 2nd-year student team in the 2020-2021 school year. It is based on the full scale design created by a 4th-year student team in 2019-2020 school year.
Dynamometer created by a 4th-year student team in the 2020-2021 school year. The dynamometer features a load cell to measure force, a LVIT to measure heave, and a inclinometer to measure pitch. This is the apparatus that collects data.
Motor carriage and rail system developed by a 3rd-year student team in the 2020-2021 school year. This is what provides motion to tow the model hull through the water.
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