Recent advances in radio controlled model testing

Deakin, Barry and Buckland, Dickon (2010) Recent advances in radio controlled model testing. In, 2010 Chesapeake Powerboat Symposium, Annapolis, US, 19 - 20 Mar 2010. 11pp.


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Self propelled models under radio control have been used for many years to assess the manoeuvring and handling of ships. The limitations for testing small, fast craft have been linked to the low model weight required and the ability to install enough power, as well as the cost of modelling. Engineers at the Wolfson Unit have developed test methods appropriate for studying the particular problems of small craft, with small budgets, but model speed has always been limited by the available components.

Recent advances in motor and battery technology, the availability of model water jet drives, and developments in small data logging and GPS systems have enabled cost effective modelling of very fast craft. Their handling characteristics can now be assessed accurately at an early stage of the design. This helps to ensure a successful boat, determine the acceptable boundaries of the design, or modify it to eliminate any problems found.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
V Naval Science > V Naval Science (General)
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Engineering Sciences > Fluid-Structure Interactions
ePrint ID: 165123
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19 March 2010Delivered
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2010 08:54
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:29

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