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cc group
24-Nov-11, 12:47 PM
We are HE students studying a foundation degree in engineering. We have been assigned a project to design and build a hovercraft to carry 2 people and capable of acheiving a speed of up to 40mph. We have a limited budget to work with (500 initial budget to get started with the task of sourcing extra money as the project progresses) but we have a range of construction facilities available to us to offset some of the build costs, such as falmouth marine college to assist in constructing a GRP hull. As none of us have any experience of building hovercraft any advice on design and construction methods would be greatly appreciated! Thanks http://www.hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/icon6.png

gaz
24-Nov-11, 04:04 PM
welcome to the forum, there are a lot of very helpfull people on here and you will no doubt get masses of help.

What campus are you based on? I live in Cornwall and would be willing to bring my craft (its home built from plans) down for you to 'crawl' over so you can get an idea of whats involved.

phone number sent via PM.

Al
24-Nov-11, 07:40 PM
We are HE students studying a foundation degree in engineering. We have been assigned a project to design and build a hovercraft to carry 2 people and capable of acheiving a speed of up to 40mph. We have a limited budget to work with (500 initial budget to get started with the task of sourcing extra money as the project progresses) but we have a range of construction facilities available to us to offset some of the build costs, such as falmouth marine college to assist in constructing a GRP hull. As none of us have any experience of building hovercraft any advice on design and construction methods would be greatly appreciated! Thanks http://www.hovercraft.org.uk/images/icons/icon6.png

Have a look at some of the plans readily available from different manufacturers. Keep the bottom half as per plan and alter cosmetics and non critical areas, that way you will end up with a working craft.

Good luck

broad5186
24-Nov-11, 08:40 PM
great that a college is doing real projects, my interest in hovercraft and racing came from a project i led with engineering students at wigan college

whatever you do stick to something you know works, don't try to re-invent the wheel

for 500 consider a 2nd hand craft as a donor for all the running gear

good luck Tony