Team #7: Human Powered Hydrofoil
About the Project
Hydrofoils are lifting devices used in water. They are similar to wings of an airplane, just in water. When a watercraft equipped with a proper hydrofoil gains enough speed, the craft will lift out of the water and ride solely on the hydrofoil(s). This reduces the drag of the watercraft and allows for greater speeds.
The objective of our project is to create a fully functional human powered-only hydrofoil bike for a competition held in April, 2019 against other mechanical engineering capstone teams. The competition has a set of rules and guidelines the teams design must meet for it to be eligible to compete. The team is responsible for the design, analysis, and fabrication of the hydrofoil bike.
The Hydrofoiler XE-1 is a Human Powered Hydrofoil bike made by Manta5. It incorporates an electric assist motor and costs $7,500. https://manta5.com/products/manta5-hydrofoiler-xe-1
The Decavitator is the current record holder for human powered vehicles on water. It was designed and created by a team of students and professors at MIT. http://lancet.mit.edu/decavitator/
The Aquaskipper is an example of a flapping wing hydrofoil. That is a hydrofoil that generates propulsion by forcing the hydrofoil to move up and down in the water http://www.aquaskipper.de/
The Wetwing is an example of a recumbent seating style for human powered hydrofoils http://human-powered-hydrofoils.com/hydrofoils/wetwing/
Keith Berube, Ph.D., P.E.
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering Technology
207.581.2342 / 5711 Boardman Hall, room 204