Conceiving and designing chassis components for hydrofoil vessels
This technology provides innovative solutions in conceiving and designing chassis components of hydrofoil vessels and in this respect enabling lighter structure of the hydrofoil vessels and thus providing higher speed and ensuring stable mechanics of the hydrofoil vessel to the extent that the production of hydrofoil vessels would be far more optimized in the sense of “poka-yoke” principle.
Inventors technology is focused on electrical vessels on foils (hydrofoil vessels). Hydrofoils are using special underwater foils which enables the vessel to sail/glide in a different innovative way – to sail/glide above the water surface. Research institute has the technical know-how and knowledge related to technologies covering the field of chassis components – carrier structure of hydrofoil vessels. The technology provides optimal framing of the hydrofoil vessels resulting in lighter structure of hydrofoil vessels and therefore enabling higher speed and higher efficiency of hydrofoil vessels. Technology in a broader context further provides optimization of driving the hydrofoil vessels since it influences the control of the angles of the foils which are crucial for the stability of the hydrofoil vessels. Technology is based on the use of modern composite materials and biologically solid waste polymers (Eco-friendly). Technology is using modern methods such as FMEA (Failure mode and Effects analysis) method, QFD (Quality function deployment) method and Taguchi method.
Powerful engines which must be used by conventional vessels due to high water resistance, consumes a lot of energy. On the other hand, foils of the hydrofoil vessels work by the system of lever and lift the vessel above the water and, as a result, water resistance is reduced and the use of energy for navigation is increased. The technology at hand provides optimization of the positioning of the foils by special chassis components (central beam) and therefore enables the best possible water resistance and the minimum energy consumption. Technology also uses composite materials which further provide pollution free products and is environmentally friendly.
Stage of development
The technology is in the TRL 6- technology demonstrated in relevant environment.
Technology is R&D project whose ultimate usage has to be tested and demonstrated in relevant environment.
For the purpose of the development of special chassis components (central beam) which also influences the angles of the foils of hydrofoil vessel, the technology would demand a computer simulations. With the help of computer simulations the system will be optimized to such extent that it would function properly. Computer simulations will further provide the calculation of the expected motor load and in this respect the selection of suitable materials. The simulations will also enable the optimization of power consumption.
Challenge and needs
Since current hydrofoil vessels on the market face challenges to enable the precise operation of the vessel's movement, the technology (focusing on providing ligher structure, higher speed and stable mechanics of the hydrofoil vessels) will enable optimal functioning of the vessel powered by an electric motor and hydrofoil technology and thus making an ideal watercraft for driving anywhere from intercity rivers to canals, eco-zones, seas and estuaries. The development project will therefore ensure stable mechanics of the vessel to the extent that the production of such vessels would be far more optimized in the sense of “poka-yoke” principle. Research organization would need the cooperation of the hydrofoil vessel producer to be able to test and keep checking the results of development project during the project.
The technology would influence the boating industry, namely optimizing the production of hydrofoil vessels. Taking into consideration the fact that hydrofoil vessels are the future of boating industry and the entire water traffic, the results of the development project would have an impact on the water transportation, luxury market, recreational boating etc. including positive environmental effects since hydrofoil vessels are eco-friendly.
Technology is not yet protected by a patent.
Potential markets and targets
The exponential growth of the travel and tourism industry across the European region will positively impact the development of the global market. The rapid economic development and the increasing demand for charter services in Southeast Asia will boost the demand for new products in the market. The global recreational boat market is driven by growth in travel and tourism across the European, Russia, APAC, and Latin American region. The rapid economic growth, increasing HNWI population, and the growing popularity of Southeast Asian tourist beach and marine destinations will boost revenues in the global recreational boating market.
Potential markets for the end product of the technology are all the hydrofoil vessels producers and other recreational boating producers around the world. The largest producers of the recreational boating are located in Canada, Western Europe, Australia, China and USA. The application of the development project to the production of hydrofoils would influence the complete boating industry economy.
Research organization is not aware of any other organization dealing with the same tehnological know-how, however the research organization is aware of some researchers and design institutions focusing on the same field.
Potential partners are the producers of hydrofoil vessels and other recreational boating producers.