Key concepts. Vehicles Air Friction Engineering Aerodynamics Introduction Have you ever ridden on a hovercraft? It is like gliding on a cushion. Our goal is to make our hovercraft design more aerodynamic by reducing the cross-sectional area of the reference face and eliminating any flat surfaces. I can’t speak to what sources you were reading, but the air under a hovercraft is higher than ambient air pressure, not lower. Wikipedia.

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Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering, K. Sign up using Facebook. Learn more about the News Feed. Since the pressure in the skirt is greater than the pressure produced by the weight of the hovercraft, an upward force is created. Or better yet, a source program in the memory of a given computer can be accessed remotely by people on terminals that can be thousands of miles away from the computer itself. Pf long did the hovercraft hover?

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For example, if it took three breaths to blow the balloon up as large as you safely could, use only two breaths or a little less to inflate it this time. Compare the hovercraft’s performance over different surfaces. This is truly a four season vehicle. Cockpit noise is further reduced by enclosing and insulating the engine.


The goals of this project are hovercdaft to build a hovercraft on which you can glide over a flat surface, and 2 to test what features affect the performance of the hovercraft.

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Wikipedia is usually a good first place to look. Our Experts won’t do the work for you, but they will make suggestions, offer guidance, and help you troubleshoot. Use safety goggles when using power aerodynamiics.

By this the drag force produced by attaching the wing at the noted angle of attack can be calculated. Mark Eichenlaub 41k aerodynamcis Inthough, he worked with his son, W.

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The airfoil has a thickness of How does the volume of the balloon correlate with how long the your CD craft hovers?

Try different types of materials for the skirt. Riding on Air—Build a Real Hovercraft.

Select your language of interest to view the total content in aerodynnamics interested language. Before you build your hovercraft, make sure you know what the following terms mean. Good science fair projects have a stronger focus on controlling variables, taking accurate measurements, and analyzing data.

The large balloon held the largest amount hoveecraft air and should have allowed the hovercraft to stay aloft for the longest amount of time. I suppose they call it “low pressure” because it’s lower than “high pressure”.

Detach the balloon from the pop-top lid.

The top of the hovercraft, with the blower. You may print and distribute up to copies of this document annually, at no charge, for personal and classroom educational use.