UNH Hovercats Racing: Design and Fabrication of a Racing Hovercraft

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Students Involved:

Joseph Marston UNH - Department of Mechanical Engineering
Kristen Kelso UNH - Department of Mechanical Engineering
Alethea Evangelou UNH - Department of Mechanical Engineering
Philip Gagnon UNH - Department of Mechanical Engineering
Justin Farrell UNH - Department of Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Advisors:

Barbaros Celikkol UNH - Department of Mechanical Engineering

The Hovercraft project is being designed and targeted for recreational vehicle enthusiasts who are seeking a fun way to explore the outdoors and race in competitions. Initially, one prototype will be built with intentions of Formula S class racing, and mass producing the product after rigorous testing. The prototype will be presented at the Hover Club of America's annual International Hover Rally in June 2007.
The hovercraft design will include extensive testing that will be done on the previous version of the Hovercraft in order to reduce material cost, and increase strength and speed of the vehicle. The hovercraft will be designed on the principles of operator safety, capability of traveling on all terrain, cost, size, maneuverability and maintainability. The vehicle must be capable of carrying one occupant and have a maximum payload of 2501bs. Another specification that must be met in order to race the hovercraft at HCA's International Hover Rally for Formula S class machines is that any number of engines may be used provided their total displacement does not exceed 500cc (750 cc if 4 stroke engines are used).


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  • UNH Hovercats Racing: design and fabrication of a racing hovercraft (2007). Joseph Marston, Kristen Kelso, Alethea Evangelou, Philip Gagnon and Justin Farrell. Advisor: Barbaros Celikkol.