Introduction team hydrofoils

What makes our boat so special is the active use of wings. The hull can be lifted out of the water by means of the hydrofoils, so the boat basically “flies” above the water. Thom, Jurriën and Florian will be involved in designing and building the hydrofoil system this year.

The use of hydrofoils ensures that there is less water resistance, which means that less energy will be lost. The air resistance is so small compared to water resistance that it is almost negligible. That is why the aim is to make all parts that are under water as small and hydrodynamic as possible. This allows more efficient use of energy, making it easier to achieve a higher speed. This is ofcourse desirable during racing.

During the design of the hydrofoils, the size, hydrodynamics and configuration of the hydrofoils and how they should be controlled are considered. To lift the hull out of the water, the hydrofoils must be controlled so that they are positioned at the right angle, which causes the boat to rise. It must be ensured that the angle of the hydrofoils is not too big because otherwise this will lead to more resistance.

To ensure that the boat can fly stable, we must know exactly how the boat is positioned in relation to the water. Sensors are used to measure this distance. By measuring this distance, a control system can be used to determine whether the wings need to be rotated more or less in order to reach and stay stable at the correct height.

After designing the hydrofoils, these can be produced. The right production methods and producers will be sought to realize the hydrofoils.

To ensure that the boat can achieve sufficient speed to actually fly, there must be something that moves the boat forward. This is what team propulsion will focus on this year, they are the next subteam that we will introduce to you.

From left to right: Florian Ventur, Jurriën Bos, Thom Goesten
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