Lifting paddle wheel : full-size protype craft development.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
This report describes the construction, testing and analysis of a large scale lifting paddlewheel craft.No large scale vehicle of this style exists to date; a small scale version has previously been successful. A 4wd farm bike provided the basis for the prototype with modifications for use in an aquatic environment. Following open water tests, ongoing developmental work was carried out. This included the analysis and prediction of the crafts performance, operation of the lifting paddlewheels and comparison of the successful small scale craft to that of the prototype constructed.The prototype did not operate as the lifting paddlewheels were intended. Predictions initially showed a deficit in power comparable with the craft comparison which showed a large difference in the power to weight of the crafts. Modifications to increase the power and following tests proved to also be unproductive. Analysis of the farm bike prototype dynamics showed a possibility of successful operation should certain criteria be met.