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    Cool Cornwall college student project

    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

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    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.

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    Default Re: Cornwall college student project

    Quote Originally Posted by cc group View Post
    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
    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

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    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

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