Fabrication of a SWATH vessel scale model for seakeeping tests using rapid prototyping methods
Author(s)DiMino, John Robert
Fabrication of a Small Waterplane Area, Twin Hull vessel scale model for seakeeping tests using rapid prototyping methods
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering.
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This paper describes the techniques used to fabricate a one meter long, 1/6 scale model of a Small Waterplane Area, Twin Hull (SWATH) Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) that will be used primarily for dynamic seakeeping testing in the MIT Tow Tank. The model represents a design conceived by Stefano Brizzolara, which will be used for launching, recovering, and servicing Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUV) at sea. Construction methods included a number of rapid prototyping methods rarely used for this kind of project, including 3D printing, lasercutting, and spraypainting. The benefits and disadvantages of each of these processes will be discussed. Although there was insufficient time to conduct any tow tank tests, several data-recording techniques are reviewed which may be used by future students continuing the research of this vessel.
Thesis (S.B. in Mechanical and Ocean Engineering)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 2013.Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. Vita.Includes bibliographical references (page 26).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology