Development of Experimental Techniques and Seakeeping Tests of Catamaran Model in Open Water

by Eduardo Manuel Gonzalez Bachelor of Science Ocean Engineering Florida Institute of Technology 2002

A thesis Submitted to Florida Institute of Technology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of

Masters of Science in Ocean Engineering

Melbourne, Florida May, 2005

©Copyright 2005 Eduardo Manuel Gonzalez All Right Reserved

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We the undersigned committee hereby approve the attached thesis

Development of Experimental Techniques and Sea-keeping Tests of Catamaran Model in Open Water by Eduardo Manuel Gonzalez

_______________________________________ Andrew Zborowski, Ph.D. Professor and Program Chair Ocean Engineering

_______________________________________ Eric D. Thosteson, Ph.D., P.E. Assistant Professor Ocean Engineering and Oceanography

_______________________________________ Chelakara S. Subramanian, Ph.D. Associate Professor and Program Chair Aerospace Engineering

_______________________________________ Gorge A. Maul, Ph.D. Department Head Department of Marine and Environmental System

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Andrew Zborowski.11b) and is accessed using Telnet. calibration and data processing of the LOMAC multihull in conjunction with Douglas Guardino Data acquisition system. Tests were successfully performed with different propellers in different wave conditions and propulsion. The sensor package consists of two accelerometers. To acquire this data. The purpose of this project is to design an instrumented remotely controlled model in order to establish the testing facilities to evaluate ship motions in waves. Once the LOMAC multihull was completed. used previously by a Marine Field Project group. The LOMAC (Littoral Operates Multi-Purpose Auxiliary Craft) catamaran model was selected as the test platform. Ph. was reshaped. rebuilt and restored and the propulsive and steering systems where redesigned to work at an optimal level.D. hull and motion analysis were done on the LOMAC multi-hull with it onboard instrumentation. tests were done to evaluate the linear motions about three axes and the rotational motion about the longitudinal axis. an inclinometer. The unfinished hull. iii . and GPS. data acquisition. Procedures were developed for model operation.Abstract Title: Development of Experimental Techniques and Sea-keeping Tests of Catamaran Model in Open Water Author: Committee Chair: Eduardo Manuel Gonzalez Dr. The presented project is a part of a larger project aiming at the development of the experimental facility for testing marine vehicles in coastal waters. The instrumentation sends near real time data wirelessly from a remote location using TCP/IP and wireless Ethernet (802. the instrumentation designed and constructed by Doug Guardino was adapted and used aboard the LOMAC multi-hull.

...............................................................................27 DATA ACQUISITION AND COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS ....................34 CATAMARAN MODEL TEST PREPARATION.............5 FIBERGLASS WORK .........................................................4 2............................................................................................................................................0 2......................................................................................................................................................................... VIII ACKNOWLEDGEMENT.................................................................................................................................12 MOTOR CONTROLLERS AND BATTERIES .................................1 GOALS ..................................................................44 STEERING SYSTEM TEST ........................................7 2...........................................................26 RADIO CONTROL SYSTEM ................................................................43 4.....................9 4.............................21 STEERING SYSTEM ................................................6 4.2 1................ VI LIST OF TABLES.................................................2 BACKGROUND ........................................................................................................................................................................................................7 4....4 4...3 4........................5 2.0 4...................................................................................................10 4...............................................0 INTRODUCTION...................2 2.................................................1 LOMAC Multi-hull Model........................................................................................................................................................................................3 3...................................................2 1...........20 LOMAC SYSTEMS...............................................18 RESTORATION RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS .............37 WIRELESS COMMUNICATION SETUP ...................................................................29 LOMAC INSTRUCTIONAL MANUAL ...........11 STATIC AND DYNAMIC STABILITY ASSESSMENT ..................................57 PROPULSION TEST AND ANALYSIS ...........5 LOMAC RECONSTRUCTION ....................................................................4 4..............................................40 PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS ..........50 LOMAC DATA ACQUISITION TESTS ....................................................38 DATA PROCESSING ........................................................................... IV LIST OF FIGURES.....................13 DATA ACQUISITION SYSTEM ..........................................2 3.......................6 2.........................................2 Wireless Data Acquisition System...................................... IX DEDICATION...............................X 1...............................................2 4............................................64 CALM WATER TESTS .............................................3 2............................10 ACRYLIC DRY BOXES ..................................................................................................................0 3.................................................................................................................8 3..............................................................................49 DATA ACQUISITION SYSTEM TEST ..........................41 TESTING AND RESULTS ...........................70 iv ..6 PROPULSION DRIVES ................1 1........................................................................................21 DRIVE SYSTEMS .............1 1.....4 2.......1 4...........................................................1 2.......1 3...........................2.....8 4........................................................2..............................................................Table of Contents ABSTRACT....................17 PROPELLER SELECTION .......................... III TABLE OF CONTENTS.............................34 OPERATION OF CATAMARAN MODEL ............................16 STEERING SYSTEM .....................................................................................................................

..............................................................................99 REFERENCES ................................................13 5.................................112 APPENDIX G: EXPERIMENTS SETUP..105 APPENDIX B: SAMPLE DATA FROM TEST........................................................0 LITTORAL TEST..........................86 DISCUSSION..............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................109 APPENDIX E: PRO SURF HYDROSTATIC CURVES...............................................111 APPENDIX F: STATIC STABILITY ILLUSTRATIONS...........................................................4......76 PLANING PERFORMANCE TEST..............................0 6.........107 APPENDIX D: CONSTRUCTION PICTURES ....12 4........91 CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS .................................................................................................................................................103 APPENDIX A: CAMPUS MAP ...........................113 v ..................................................................................................106 APPENDIX C: TEST PICTURES ...............

................................... 16 Figure 14: Data Acquisition System Size Improvement .............................................................. 55 vi ....................... Couplings and Drive................................... 9 Figure 8: Graupner Speed 700 BB Turbo and Propeller Drive .....................................................................................................List of Figures Figure 1: Excessive Trim on LOMAC Model .............................................................................. 5 Figure 2: Hull Imperfections....................................................................................................................................................... 26 Figure 20: Rudder System Diagram .......... 11 Figure 9: Installed Motor and Drive................ 11 Figure 10: Acrylic Dry Boxes................................................ 36 Figure 28: Wireless Communication System Setup............................................... 35 Figure 25: Propulsion System Connections............................................... 35 Figure 26: Motor/Drive Connections ................................... 8 Figure 6: Restored Hull 2 ............................................................................... 14 Figure 12: Comparison of Traxxas and JES System................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 17 Figure 15: Rudder Assembly ........ 53 Figure 35: Truck X Axis Acceleration and Inclination during Test 1 ...... 54 Figure 36: Truck Trajectory during Test 1b ......................................................................... 15 Figure 13: Comparison of JES and Initial System .... 51 Figure 32: Truck Trajectory during Test 1 ...................... 36 Figure 27: Servo/Rudder Connections .............................................................. 52 Figure 33: Truck Heading during Test 1 ................. Shafts and Tap Set .................................................................................. 6 Figure 4: Hull Fairing....... 7 Figure 5: Restored Hull 1 ............................................................ 26 Figure 21: Futaba SkySport4 Transmitter and FP-R127DF Reciever ............ 33 Figure 24: Propulsion System Connections Diagram ........................................................................................................... 53 Figure 34: Truck Acceleration during Test 1.. 50 Figure 31: 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 2x4 ..... 24 Figure 19: Graupner Speed 700 BB Turbo........ 41 Figure 30: Location of Calm Water Test.......................................... 23 Figure 18: JETI JES 600 Navy Motor Controller ........................ 8 Figure 7: Deck Hatch Construction...... 55 Figure 37: Truck Velocity during Test 1b . 18 Figure 16: Propellers............................................................................................................................................. 39 Figure 29: LOMAC Catamaran Model ....................................... 6 Figure 3: Hull Imperfections 2..................................................................... 30 Figure 23: Data Acquisition System Parts Identification Picture ............................................. 12 Figure 11: Comparison of Traxxas and Initial Motor Controller System ...................................... 27 Figure 22: Data Acquisition System ................................................................... 20 Figure 17: Traxxas EVX 3014 Motor Controller........................

............................ 76 Figure 58: 17 ft Research Boat ................ 61 Figure 43: LOMAC Model Heading during Test 2a....... 63 Figure 48: Propellers.. 73 Figure 52: LOMAC Model Heading During Test 3a................................................. 85 Figure 72: Model X Axis Acceleration and Inclination during Test 4c............................................ 58 Figure 41: Model Accelerations for Test 2............................................................... 88 Figure 77: Accelerations and Velocity Recorded during Test 5................................ 88 Figure 76: LOMAC Model Heading Recorded during Test 5......................................................................................................................... 60 Figure 42: Trajectory of LOMAC Model during Test 2a....... 89 Figure 78: Planning Performance in Littoral Conditions ........... 75 Figure 56: LOMAC Model Heading During Test 3c ...... 81 Figure 65: Trajectory of LOMAC Model during Test 4b .........................Figure 38: Truck Heading during Test 1b .................... Shafts and Accessories ..................................................................... 72 Figure 50: LOMAC Model Accelerations Recorded during Test 3....................................................... 63 Figure 47: LOMAC Model Heading During Test 2c .......... 74 Figure 55: Trajectory of LOMAC Model during Test 3c.................... 72 Figure 51 : Trajectory of LOMAC Model during Test 3a......... 62 Figure 45: LOMAC Model Heading during Test 2b.......................................................................................... 87 Figure 75: Trajectory of LOMAC Model Recorded during Test 5.. 84 Figure 69: Trajectory of LOMAC Model during Test 4c..................................................... 65 Figure 49: Velocity of LOMAC Model during Test 3 ............. 80 Figure 64: Velocity of LOMAC Model during Test 4b .............. 73 Figure 53: Trajectory of LOMAC Model During Test 3b........... 78 Figure 60: LOMAC Model Heading during Test 4a............................................................. 84 Figure 70: LOMAC Model Heading during Test 4c.................................................................................. 80 Figure 63: X Axis Acceleration and Model Inclination during Test 4a.......................................... 56 Figure 39: Truck Accelerations during Test 1b .......................................................................... 61 Figure 44: Trajectory of LOMAC Model during Test 2b .................... 82 Figure 66: LOMAC Model Heading during Test 4b....................................... 74 Figure 54: LOMAC Model Heading During Test 3b. 79 Figure 62: LOMAC Model Acceleration during Test 4a ........................................... 77 Figure 59: Trajectory of LOMAC Model during Test 4a..................................... 56 Figure 40: Model Velocity Recorded on Test 2................................................................................................. 86 Figure 73: Planning Performance in Calm Water during Test 5 ..... 82 Figure 67: LOMAC Model Acceleration during Test 4b ............................ 85 Figure 71: LOMAC Model Accelerations during Test 4c......... 75 Figure 57: River Test Locations............................................................. 87 Figure 74: Model Velocity Recorded during Test 5 ....................................... 83 Figure 68: Model Velocity Recorded during Test 4c................................................................................. 78 Figure 61: Model Velocity during Test 4a .......................... 89 vii ....... 62 Figure 46: Trajectory of LOMAC Model during Test 2c...................................................................

..................................... 28 Table 5: Futaba Transmitter Configuration 2 .............................................. 25 Table 3: Futaba Transmitter Configuration 1 ................... 65 Table 14: Propulsive Analysis and Parameters............................. 45 Table 11: LOMAC Model Centers.......................................... 23 Table 2: Graupner Speed 700 BB Turbo Specifications ................................... 28 Table 4: Futaba Receiver Configuration 1..................... 29 Table 7: Troubleshooting Procedures....................................................................................................... 68 Table 15: LOMAC Model Planing Speeds........................................... 45 Table 10: LOMAC Model Form Coefficient...................................................................List of Tables Table 1: Traxxas EVX 3014 Motor Controller Specifications ............................... 90 viii ............................................................................................................................. 48 Table 12: Turning Radius of Steering Systems ........ 50 Table 13: Propeller Thrust Data................................................... 42 Table 8: LOMAC Model Parameters .......................... 44 Table 9: LOMAC Model Dimensional Ratios................................................................................................... 28 Table 6: Futaba Receiver Configuration 2...........................

Jose Vargas. Without these individuals this project would never have been realized. Markus Holla and Vince Salvo for assisting me with field tests. Andrew Zborowski for guiding me throughout my undergraduate and graduate studies and for serving as my committee chairman.Acknowledgement I wish to express my sincere gratitude to Dr. I wish to express my sincere gratitude to my parents for their support and encouragement. I am thankful to Dr. Chelakara Subramanian for serving on my thesis committee. ix . Rebecca Hasman. Brandi Alderson. I greatly appreciate the help of Bill Battin for his advice and for letting me use his tools. Derek Tepley. Special thanks to Mike Walghren. I am thankful to Nakul Saran for providing advice and sharing a work space and supplies and helping me with field test Special Thanks to Kurt Leyba for teaching me TCP/IP and Ethernet connection. Eric Thosteson and Dr. Nicole Botto.

x .Dedication To my family who supported me.

Andrew Zborowski designed a small water-plane area single chine multi-hull that could be used in the littoral zone. fast. and relatively inexpensive vessels that can operate in the littoral zone. re-designing the steering and propulsion systems and minimizing the weight of the instrumentation package. Dr. Once these tasks are completed.0 Introduction In the last decades. 1. This involves re-shaping and re-constructing the model. maneuverable. Taking into consideration these requirements.C. there has been increased interest in small.M. and to evaluate the performance characteristics of the model by collecting data with an instrumentation package.A. to redesign the systems within LOMAC. L.1 Goals The goal of this research is to restore the LOMAC multi-hull model.1.O. which stands for Littoral Operated Multi-hull Auxiliary Craft. the data obtained from the 1 . is an experimental hull form intended for fast ocean transportation and/or multi-mission military use in the littoral zone.

Due to insufficient time.1 LOMAC Multi-hull Model The process of development of the LOMAC catamaran hull began as part of a Marine Field Project presented by Cencer et al (Cencer 3).instrumentation will be used to measure the model behavior in both calm and wave conditions.2 Background The LOMAC project is an ongoing project that began during the fall semester of 2002. The hull was design using Pro Surf and it was constructed using fiberglass and polyester resin on a male mold carved from foam. 1. undergraduate and graduate students have contributed to the success of the entire project. These 2 .2. Multiple faculties. This left multiple hull imperfections that affected the performance of the model. the senior design group was unable to finish the shaping procedure of the hull. 1.

excess resin in the bows. Similar to the motor controllers. To drive these motors.imperfections included unbalanced hulls. internal leaks. lack the capacity to power the LOMAC model. For propulsion. the steering system was built by Doug Guardino. and deformed chines. un-even decks. however they were bulky and were heavy. therefore maneuverability was limited. The system was not successful because it worked under the assumption that differential power of the model would steer the model and there was not enough power to create a turning moment to act on the model. hull dents. These motors although good in reputation. The motor controllers worked excellently. a set of Graupner Jet Drive system and Graupner Speed 600 series motors where installed in each hull. The overall system did not meet expectations since the motors did not deliver enough power. Other disadvantages of this system were the fact that the jet drives had no reverse. and the jet drives were incorrectly installed which made the drive system obsolete. 3 . Doug Guardino built two motor controllers and an R/C controller interpreter as part of his graduate work.

The control system of the LOMAC model is a Futaba FP-R127DF FM receiver and a Futaba SkySport4 controller. an inclinometer. The sensor package employs two accelerometers on three axes. accelerometer board. GPS board.2 Wireless Data Acquisition System The wireless data acquisition system was designed and constructed by Doug Guardino. With multiple channels. it is a system that is highly adaptable to future changes in the model drive system. These are the PICNIC board. digital compass and the wireless Ethernet bridge. LCD/inclinometer breadboard. Its main purpose was to acquire data from sensors and send it from a remote location to a computer were the data would be processed. All of the boards are connected via a 40 pin IDE cable that pass power and access to the pins of the PICNIC to the other board and provides for future expandability (Guardino). 1. 4 . and a global positioning system (GPS). a digital compass. The communication is facilitated by the use of the stand alone TCP/IP stack and Ethernet controller in the Wiznet IIM7010A system (Guardino). The sensor package is composed of five different sections.2.

which made the s model trim excessively by the bow. When the model was acquired. The model’ center of gravity was six inches off to the bow. The hull leaked through the jet drive into the motor and motor controller compartment. it was in unfinished conditions. was well documented and it is described in details in this section. The restoring process.0 LOMAC Reconstruction The first stage of this project involved the reconstruction of the LOMAC Multi-hull model.2. The model was also 20 lbs over the required weight and had a maximum velocity of less than 1 knot. Figure 1: Excessive Trim on LOMAC Model 5 . which took place during spring 2004 through spring 2005.

creating an excessive trim that would later 6 . major reconstruction was needed since excessive polyester resin and micro-balloon compound from earlier construction had caused the center of gravity of the model to shift 6 inches towards the bow. leaks and to move the center of gravity further to the stern.1 Fiberglass Work The first step taken to improve the model was to remove hull imperfections. In addition to fixing the leaks located at the bow of both hulls. This involved re-shaping both inside and outside surfaces of the hull and painting the model.Figure 2: Hull Imperfections Figure 3: Hull Imperfections 2 2.

The decks were then sealed with Interlux Pre-Kote primer and painted with Interlux one-part polyurethane “steel gray” paint. 150 and 180 grit). the un-even freeboard was reconstructed and leveled using bondo-glass and new decks were constructed out of 1/8 in. The excessive polyester resin and micro-balloon compound were removed with the use of a dremel tool and the bows were re-shaped and strengthened with a fiberglass reinforced filler (bondo glass). Figure 4: Hull Fairing As part of the restoration project. 120.affect the planing performance of the model. self adhesive foam strips were attached to the under-side of the deck were it rest on the lip of the hull. The painting procedure consisted of wet-sanding each paint layer with 150 grit sandpaper and 7 . The preparation of the model for the painting procedure consisted of sanding the outside hull surface with decreasing sandpaper roughness starting with 80 grit and finishing with 280 grit (80. To assure a water resistant seal between the decks and the hulls. pine wood to replace the older decks.

This process was repeated for 2 layers of Interlux Pre-Kote primer and 4 layers of Interlux one part polyurethane “steel gray” paint. The finished hull was then wetsanded with a 400 grit sandpaper to remove surface blemishes and minor scratches.cleaning the hulls with Interlux Brush-Ease 433 after each layer was applied. Figure 5: Restored Hull 1 Figure 6: Restored Hull 2 8 .

Figure 7: Deck Hatch Construction To improve the model efficiency. two of which are removable for fast accessibility to the internal compartments. the onboard instrumentation could be visible at all time. the jet drives were removed and replaced with a straight shaft propeller drive in each hull. To install the new propeller drive. A series of hatch frames were made out of balsa wood. Then 0. Stephen Wood. which was sealed with 3 coats of Interlux PrimeKote and 2 layers of Interlux one-part polyurethane “steel gray” paint. To fit these frames. ¼ in. the jet drive openings were sealed using bondo-glass.An idea propose by Dr.5 9 . With acrylic hatches. The finished decks included three hatches per hull. acrylic hatches were cut-out and placed on the openings. a set of openings were cutout on the decks to improve access to the on board systems.

inch holes were drilled in each hull at the angle the drive shaft would exit the hulls. This angle was estimated to be 16 degrees. After completing the drive installment, the same painting procedure explained earlier was followed for that section of the model.

2.2 Propulsion Drives
The existing Graupner jet drives were tested for propulsion efficiency and it was noticed that both jet drives had leaks and not enough thrust was being produced to overcome the resistance of the model. The drives were then

dismantled and inspected to identify possible reasons for the lack of propulsion. As a result, the drives were not properly assembled and the shaft had been bent in the assembling process. These jet drives were removed and a Graupner straight shaft propeller drive was installed in each hull, eliminating the leakage of the previous drive system. The motors were also upgraded from a set of Graupner Speed 600 with a 3:1 gear ratio to a Graupner Speed 700 BB with no gear ratio. The new Graupner Speed 700 BB Turbo was capable of delivering more torque and thrust. To secure the Graupner Speed 700 BB Turbo, motor mounts were attached to the hull using bondo-glass. To connect the motor to the propeller shaft, a set of flexible couplers were used rather than a conventional u-joint since these are known to

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decrease the efficiency of motor drive systems. The propellers used for this application were a set of Graupner 4 blade propellers.

Figure 8:Graupner Speed 700 BB Turbo and Propeller Drive

Figure 9: Installed Motor and Drive

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2.3 Acrylic Dry Boxes

A set of dry boxes were built using ¼ in. acrylic and adhesive caulk(Figure 8). The dimensions of the boxes were 17in. by 4in. by 4in and weighted 3 lbs each. The main purpose of these boxes was to keep the batteries and motor controller protected from water. Even though the restored model no longer had leaks, the deck seal was only water resistant therefore some precautionary measures needed to be taken in case water made it into the motor controller compartment.

Figure 10: Acrylic Dry Boxes

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The model steering. motor controllers.4 Motor Controllers and Batteries Initial test with the new motors and propeller drives demonstrated that the model was to heavy for proper operation. which consisted of using differential steering with the motors.2. the model total weight was of 39 lbs and it had a maximum velocity of 3. did not create enough turning moment to make it turn effectively. With the new Traxxas motor controller and Ni-MH batteries. and acrylic dry-boxes were replaced with a 6 cell 3000 Ni-MH (Nickel Metal Hydride) batteries. 13 . In an attempt to decrease the model design weight from 58lbs to 36lbs.5 mph.(Figure 11) This new system had been built by Casey Connor et al. during the marine field project of the summer 2004 semester (Connor 28). the lead acid batteries. a TRAXXAS motor controller and a plastic box.

The motor controllers can be water cooled for improved efficiency. The model maximum speed with the Jes motor drive and Ni-Cd batteries was of 5. Figure 10 through 14 .8 knots.Figure 11: Comparison of Traxxas and Initial Motor Controller System To increase the maximum velocity of the model. a set of 10 cell 2400 mAh Ni-Cd(Nickel Cadmium) batteries and Jeti Jes 600 Navy water cooled motor controllers replaced the 6 cell 3000 mAh Ni-MH and the Traxxas motor controller. eliminating the use of a dry box in the deck of the model. The new motor controller system was installed within the model’ s hull. The only negative aspect of the new system is that it does not have reverse operation and it operational time is shorter than with the Traxxas drive system.

Figure 12: Comparison of Traxxas and JES System 15 .Figure 12 show the comparison on size of all three drive systems used during this project.

ply wood board and stored on an 11 in.5 Data Acquisition System As suggested by Dr. Thosteson. The instrumentation box initially weighted 16 lbs. by 12 in. by 7in. pine 16 . box and the instrumentation was mounted on a 1/8 in. more compact box. The data instrumentation system was previously mounted on a ¾ in. plastic box. To decrease this weight.Figure 13: Comparison of JES and Initial System 2. by 12in. by 7in. This was done by re-arrange the data acquisition instrumentation in a smaller. the existing plastic box was replaced by a 6in. the data acquisition system was reduced in size in an effort to decrease the model weight.

6 Steering System A rudder system was necessary since differential steering did not supply the model with acceptable maneuverability. a computer hub that was not been used was removed from the data acquisition package. The re-arranged data acquisition system was smaller. more compact and had a total weight of 10 lbs. The new system consisted of both differential and rudder steering to create a turning moment on the model.wood board. Also. Figure 14: Data Acquisition System Size Improvement 2. The 17 .

Figure 15: Rudder Assembly 2.2.rudder system was constructed using a Graupner rudder. types and materials. 3 set of 18 . The specifications of the steering system are further explained in Section 3. With a large variety of propeller dimensions.7 Propeller Selection To increase the model maximum velocity. Dr. He argued that a plastic propeller would bend at higher revolutions decreasing it efficiency drastically. a stainless steel L support bracket and a Futuba S3004 high torque servo. Thosteson recommended replacing the nylon propellers with a metal propeller.

propellers were selected to test it performance. longer shafts were constructed from 4mm stainless steel pipes to give the propeller a larger clearance from the hull. 19 . Also. The addition of the more efficient Prather propeller made the model reach planning speed of over 7. new. Prather 2 blade stainless steel propellers and Graupner 2 blade carbon fiber propellers. After a propulsive analysis and comparison between all 4 type of propellers. (Figure 16) These propellers were compared to the existing 4 blade Graupner nylon propellers that had been used in previous trial tests.3 knots. the existing 4 blade propeller was discovered to be the least efficient of all and the Prather two blade propellers was determined to be the best option for model. mounting adaptors better known as “drive dogs” were used to secure the propeller to the shaft. This increased the shaft efficiency by limiting the propeller slip on the shaft. In addition to this propulsive analysis. These propellers were Octura 3 blade brass propellers.

8 Restoration Results and Conclusions At the end of the model restoration. By placing the data acquisition system aft of the longitudinal center of gravity. the trim on the model would be adjusted. The model was place in the water to observe how it would trim with the decreased weight and arrangement of new systems. the model had a smoother surface. 20 . the model still trimmed toward the bow. however it was a small enough trim that the addition of weight on the stern compartment of the model would solve the problem.Figure 16: Propellers. the fully equipped LOMAC catamaran would trim approximate 1 degree toward the bow. Shafts and Tap Set 2. more accessibility to it compartments. no leaks and new drive and steering system. As a result. As a result.

The model maximum velocity recorded by the data acquisition system at the end of the restoration process was of 7.321 knots. This was achieved by using the Graupner Speed 800 Turbo BB motors, JES motor controller and 2700mAh 10 cell Ni-Cd batteries. Also, maneuverability of the model was greatly improved with the addition of rudders behind each propeller.

3.0 LOMAC Systems

The LOMAC model employs several systems for optimal operation. Theses systems are the drive, steering, radio control and data acquisition/ communication systems.

3.1 Drive Systems

During this research, the model was equipped with two drive systems. The first system consisted of a Traxxas 3014 motor controller with 6 cell 3000

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mAh Ni-MH batteries and the second system used a JES motor controller with 10 cell 2700 mAh Ni-Cd batteries. Both systems powered a set of Graupner Speed 700 BB motors.

The Traxxas system was assembled by a marine field project group during the 2004 summer semester. The motor controller, which controls two motors at once, can be used with a maximum of 12 cells batteries. Among it features, it has Novak Electronics Smart Braking™ technology (Traxxas.com). This braking technology applies brakes to the motor between forward and reverse rotations. It also has 3 programming modes, which are: the normal mode with forward, brake and reverse, the racing mode with forward, and no brakes or reverse, and the marine mode with forward, 20-percent reverse and no brakes.

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Figure 17: Traxxas EVX 3014 Motor Controller

Table 1: Traxxas EVX 3014 Motor Controller Specifications
Input Voltage: 12 cells (14.4 volts nominal) Published Motor Limit: 19 turns (550 size) On-Resistance: 0.006WBrakes with Novak Electronics’Smart Braking™ Three Drive Profiles Normal: Forward/ Reverse/ Smart Braking™ Racing: Forward/ Brakes/ (no reverse) Marine: Forward/ 20% Reverse/ (no brakes) Novak Electronics’One-Touch Set-Up Thermal Shutdown Protection Microprocessor based Gold plated battery connectors BEC Voltage: 5.0 DC BEC Current: 1.5 Amps

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Power Wire 14G/9"Input & Switch Harness 23G/9" (replaceable) Transistor Type HYPERFET III PWM Frequency 1000 Hertz The JES system consists of a JES 600 Navy motor controller that is powered by a10 cell Ni-Cd battery. Unfortunately. Figure 18: JETI JES 600 Navy Motor Controller 24 . by 1in. including the wires (Hobby-Lobby). has dimensions of 2in. this motor controller does not have reverse. which is water cooled.Rated Current Forward and Reverse: 160 Amps Braking Current: 320 Amps Continuous Current @ 100 F: 30 Amps Reverse Delay (after Smart Braking): 0 sec. The motor controller. It has adjustment for setting the motor start point and a two color LED that indicates zero power and maximum power even without a motor connected (Hobby-Lobby). The JES 600 Navy also has Opto coupling which keeps the controller free from motor induced interference and a current limiter to prevent burnout. and weights 1.5 oz. It is designed to be used with up 30 cells and the maximum current load for 10 cells or more is 60 amps (Hobby-Lobby). by 9/16in.

efficiency without gearbox Length of case. The specifications of the motors are shown in Table 1. efficiency Current drain when stalled Max.2 mm 14 mm 5 mm 320 g 25 .The motors selected for the LOMAC model are the Graupner Speed 700 BB Turbo. These motors are suitable for drive systems of model boats over 30 lbs.5 A 65 A 75 % 67 mm 42. shaft Diameter Free shaft length Shaft diameter Weight 9.6 V 14. excl.4 V 15000 rev/min 2A 12. Table 2: Graupner Speed 700 BB Turbo Specifications Nominal voltage Operating voltage range No-load rpm No-load current drain Current drain at max.

Differential steering can be controlled by simply applying different amount of thrust to each motor to create a turning moment on the model.2.5 in. The rudder assembly consists of a Graupner rudder with dimensions of 2.25 in.Figure 19: Graupner Speed 700 BB Turbo. Figure 20: Rudder System Diagram 26 . by 1. The effectiveness of this system is shown in Section 5. Each rudder pivots on an external mounted hinge located at the stern of each hull. Couplings and Drive 3.2 Steering System The steering system of the LOMAC Model consists of using differential steering and rudder steering.

3. This 4 channel system has a range of approximately 1300 ft and controls the power delivered to each motor and the servo motors controlling the rudder system. Figure 21: Futaba SkySport4 Transmitter and FP-R127DF Receiver Channel Location Movement Controls 1 2 Left Left Right-Left Up-Down Not used Port Motor 27 .3 Radio Control System The LOMAC model is operated using a Futaba Sky Sport 4 transmitter with a FP-R127DF receiver. Tables 2 through Table 5 show both configurations of controls for the LOMAC model.

3 4 Right Right Up-Down Right-Left Std Motor Servo Motors Table 3: Futaba Transmitter Configuration 1 Channel Controls 1 2 3 7 Port Servo Std Motor Port Motor Std Servo Table 4: Futaba Receiver Configuration 1 Channel Location Movement Controls 1 2 3 4 Left Left Right Right Right-Left Up-Down Up-Down Right-Left Port Servo Port Motor Stbd Motor Stbd Servo Table 5: Futaba Transmitter Configuration 2 Channel Controls 1 Port Servo 28 .

configuration 2 must be used. 3.2 3 4 Std Motor Port Motor Std Servo Table 6: Futaba Receiver Configuration 2 The only difference of the configurations is that configuration 1 uses one channel to control both servo motors connected to the rudder system. Separate rudder control will be useful for decreasing the forward motion of the model if necessary.4 Data Acquisition and Communication Systems 29 . In the case that the operator prefers having separate rudder control.

Figure 22: Data Acquisition System The PICNIC is the communication system that gets the data from all the sensor systems. These are the PICNIC board.2. As mentioned in Section 1. The location of each component is shown in Figure 21. (Guardino) It gathers the sensor data by use of the analog channels or the I2C bus and also controls the IIM7010A via the I 2C bus. controlling the TCP/IP functions. digital compass and the wireless Ethernet bridge. the data acquisition system is comprised of six sections. accelerometer board. LCD/inclinometer breadboard. (Guardino) 30 . GPS board.2.The data acquisition system (Figure 20) was built during the fall 2003 semester by Doug Guardino as part of his graduate work.

The inclinometer is an optical encoder that displays it inclinations in degrees times 10. The board includes two channels for each accelerometer axis. velocity and heading. the inclinometer will calibrate to zero regardless of the inclination at which it is when it get initialized. acquires data 25 times a second. 31 .The Accelerometer Board. It uses a PIC to read one of the many sentence from a GPS making that sentence available on-demand to another PIC via the I2C bus. This GPS records position. Position and velocity are always acquired while the heading is only acquired when the GPS is in motion. which uses analog acquisition. These channels are use to calibrate the center and the gain of each accelerometer axis. Every time the system is started. The accelerometers are read by the PICNIC directly using the analog inputs. the GPS system sends one set of data every second. (Guardino) Overall.

therefore all values are positive and heading values can only range between 0-90 degrees. It is also used in the system to backup the GPS heading data since the GPS will only provide heading data while the model is moving.The digital compass outputs its heading via two analog values that represent the magnitudes of the North/South and East/West components. these values can be used to find the actual heading (Guardino).com). 32 . The .168. Since the pic microcontroller does not support trigonometric functions.50.(Linksys. which has frequency band of 2. The digital compass board is connected to the system’ accelerometer s board. by using geometry. The wireless communication of this data acquisition system is supplied by a Linksys wet11 wireless Ethernet bridge. instead of 0-360 degrees.4 GHz and complies with IEEE 802.1.11b. has an outdoor range of 980 ft and a data transfer rate of 11 Mbps. The IP address of the Ethernet bride located in the sensor package is 192. Unfortunately. the compass only read magnitudes.

Figure 23: Data Acquisition System Parts Identification Picture 33 .

It will help users to prepare the hull. perform all necessary internal connections. 4.4. create a wireless connection between the instrumentation package and a computer. no complex connections are required and the preparation of the system can be completed within 60 seconds. record useful data. perform model operation. As a result. To properly setup the propulsion system of the model.1 Catamaran Model Test Preparation The propulsion system of the multi-hull model was designed to be simple in nature.0 LOMAC Instructional Manual The following section of this report serves as an instructional manual for the use of the LOMAC multi-hull model and the instrumentation package built by Doug Guardino. 34 . data processing and model maintenance. see Figure 23 and 24.

Figure 24: Propulsion System Connections Diagram Figure 25: Propulsion System Connections 35 .

Figure 26: Motor/Drive Connections Figure 27: Servo/Rudder Connections 36 .

Make sure Channel 2 and 3 are at zero. Turn on the Futaba Sky Sport 4 Transmitter 3. Slightly move both channel 2 and 3 in the Transmitter below zero and return to zero.3. the motor controllers will beep. The Model is now set to respond to the Futaba Sky Sport 4 Transmitter. Immediately after turning on both model and transmitter. 2. It is important for the operator to know that every time the model is turned on.4. The operation of the model is simple. Turn on the model (on/off switch is located on starboard hull). 1. To operate the motor speed. use vertical motion in the transmitter. the motor controller will set zero speed to the initial setting of the Transmitter. it is crucial that the Transmitter is set at zero speed in channel 2 and 3. Therefore. 4. located to the left of the transmitter.2 Operation of Catamaran Model The operation of the model is performed with the FUTABA sky sport 4 shown in Section 3. The following step by step instruction will properly calibrate the motor controllers. 37 . Beeping will stop. Channel 2.

3 Wireless Communication Setup The data acquisition system communicates to any computer using TCP/IP and can be access in a computer with the use of Telnet or Hyperlink. controls the starboard motor. The following step by step instructions show how to communicate between the data acquisition package and the computer via a wireless connection. 4. Individual motor control gives increased maneuverability by creating differential steering. Doug Guardino recommended using Telnet over Hyperlink since Microsoft Office Excel imported the data from Telnet better than the data from Hyperlink. To control the rudders as one unit use channel 4(horizontal movement on transmitter right lever) and to control the rudders individually use channel 1 for the port rudder and channel 4 for the starboard rudder. 38 . Depending on what configuration you use on the receiver (see Section 2. the two rudders will be controlled in one or two channels. which is located to the right of the transmitter.controls the port motor while channel 3.1). The instructions can be only apply in computer with Windows XP operating system.

4. Turn data acquisition package on.1. press Enter 39 . Telnet will initialize. Go to the Start menu and click Run. 2. 3. Increase the buffer size from 80 to 150. click Ok. type set logfile x. Make sure properties are applied to current window only. 9. Turn on computer and start windows XP.txt where x will be the name of the data file. 8. In the “Open” box.50. In the Telnet window. press Enter.168. 7. 5. 6. Right click the upper left corner of the Telnet window and go to Properties.Figure 28: Wireless Communication System Setup 1. Type open 192. click Ok. type Telnet and click Ok.

2. 3. In the “Original Data Type” box. Data should now be streaming. Semicolon. A connection should now be open between the data acquisition system and the computer. choose Tab. 11. 1. Open Microsoft Office Excel. 12. 6. choose Delimited. click Next. Click Finish. If. 40 . Choose the txt. To convert the data to a useful form. The following instructions show step by step of how to do this data import. 4. click ok. import the data to Microsoft Office Excel. In the “Delimiters” box.10.( “A” stands for “acquiring data”) 4. Go to Data>Import External Data>Import Data. 5. NOTE: Make sure the GPS readings on Telnet display an “A” before starting any tests. click Next. File.4 Data Processing The data obtained from the sensor package via Telnet is saved in the computer as a txt. GPS data displays a “Hello World” message. file that is being imported. Comma and Space. restart the data acquisition system until “Hello World” is no longer displayed.

4. they are experimental systems that are capable of working improperly from time to time.5 Problems and Solutions Even though the systems used in LOMAC catamaran model work properly. This section includes the solution to every problem encountered during this research. Figure 29: LOMAC Catamaran Model 41 .

Receiver/Transmit ter Model does not respond Charge batteries Check connections Make sure receiver antenna is fully extended Motor Controller If there is current going thought the motor controller but motors do not work Make sure the connection on the transmitter is not reversed. Leave the GPS on for 5 minute and then check if the “V” changes for “A”( acquiring) Data Acquisition Data Acquisition GPS does not initialize. Charge Battery. Restart the system. Motor Does not responds when it is suppose to respond.Table 7: Troubleshooting Procedures Component or System Rudders Problem Solution Do not work. the motor accelerates without control. does not work properly Shut down during testing Excessive noise.1. Restart the model and follow the calibration procedure from Section 3. Drive System Vibrate Excessively. Change receiver batteries Rudders Motors Motors Motor Only one rudder work Do not work. and ensure that the motor is properly align with the shaft. Water leak is present in the shaft housing. Drive System Shaft or motor slips in the coupling connection Clean coupling with WD-40 and ensure that the connection are tight between the motor. Check connection on servo-receiver Charge batteries Check connection between motor/motor controller/battery Check coupling connection. Check receiver batteries Ensure that all receiver connections are proper. coupling and shaft. 42 . Calibrate Propellers. delayed control response. Charge transmitter batteries. Motor Following the motor controller beeping after turning it on. GPS gives no position coordinates( displays a “V”) Data Acquisition Data Acquisition Drive System Fails to turn on. Inclination data is not calibrated. Make sure that the instrumentation box is leveled when turned on. works sometimes. Remove the white cap from the shaft enclosure and fill enclosure with EP bearing grease (Pennzoil). Make sure Motor is properly align with shaft. Make sure the coupling is properly fastened. make sure the motor is properly fasten in it bracket.

(Figure 57) 43 . These tests were conducted at 2 different locations. These locations were the wave tank pond located at the Florida Institute of Technology(Figure 30) and areas in the Indian River adjacent to the SR-192 causeway in Melbourne. Finally the third section of the graduate work involved sea trials of the LOMAC model with the onboard data acquisition system on calm and littoral conditions to obtain near real-time data of the motions of the model. These test trials were done at a freshwater pond at the university premises. The tests were conducted in three sections. After all the systems performed optimally. The first section included tests using a truck to acquire proper acceleration data from the data acquisition system. The main goals of these tests were to achieve planning speed of the model and to familiarize with the model controls and maneuverability. The second set of test involved the trials of the refurbished LOMAC multi-hull model. a test with different propellers were conducted to identify the most efficient propeller. Florida.Testing and Results Several tests were performed during the course of this project.

05 23.36 64. in.2 in.3 in.12 31. The results which are shown in Table 7 were obtained using Definition 1 through Definition 10.6 Static and Dynamic Stability Assessment The static and dynamic stability assessment was done for the LOMAC multi-hull during the Marine Field Project of 2003.19 14.24 4.80 20. lbs. Unfortunately. lbs. in. in.37 23.30 46.58 5.27 2.80 43.13 3.19 62. in. in. lbs. The model dimensions and given parameters were organized in a table and the dimensional ratios and form coefficients were calculated.03 226. in.40 5. in.90 1039.78 694.48 Spring 2005 5. This led to the necessity to perform the stability assessment once more.06 Units ft.95 11. ft.16 226.95 11.25 5.2 in.19 62.72 11. in. in.63 28.2 44 .10 3. the model underwent an extensive reconstruction process which included re-shaping and the re-design of internal systems.46 36.80 58.4.33 5. (Gilmer and Johnson 43-47) Table 8: LOMAC Model Parameters Parameter Length Over All Length Over All Length at Waterline Length at Waterline Hull Beam Hull Spacing Beam Over All Draft (light ship) Draft (batteries & drives) Draft (data acq system) Displacement (light ship) Displacement (batteries & drives) Displacement (data acq system) Volume of Displacement at Tf Area of Mid-ship Section at Tf Area of Max Section at Tf Area of the Waterplane at Tf Symbol LOA LOA LWL LWL B s BOA TL TL TF ?L ? ?F ? AM Ax Aw Fall 2003 5.37 64.27 2.31 5.37 23.

87 0.86 0.56 260.41 Table 10: LOMAC Model Form Coefficient Parameter Block Coefficient Prismatic Coefficient Vertical Prismatic Coefficient Waterplane Area Coefficient Max transverse Section Coefficient Mid-ship Section Coefficient Volumetric Coefficient Symbol CB CLP CVP CWP CX CM ? /L3 Fall 2003 0.84 0.16 4.57 0.64 6.88 0.52 216.68 12.94 0.Table 9: LOMAC Model Dimensional Ratios Parameter Length/Beam Ratio Length/Beam Overall Ratio Length/Draft Ratio Beam/Draft Ratio Beam Overall/Draft Ratio Symbol L/B L/BOA L/T B/T BOA/T Fall 2003 10.47 2.68 17.00 Block Coefficient CB ? ? LBT Definition 1 Prismatic Coefficient CP ? CVP ? CWP ? ? LAx ? TAW AW LWL B Ax B x Tx Definition 2 Vertical Prismatic Coefficient Definition 3 Water-plane Area Coefficient Definition 4 Maximum Transverse Section Coefficient C x ? Definition 5 45 .46 2.59 0.54 Spring 2005 10.93 0.00 Spring 2005 0.17 1.53 0.15 1.50 0.

The KM value was obtained from Pro Surf hydrostatic curves from 46 . vertical and transverse center of gravity. using the length of the string and the distance between the mast and the weight at the end of the string. (Definition 7) The location of the LCG with respect to the aft perpendicular is then calculated with Definition 8(Appendix G). To determine the vertical center of gravity. the inclining experiment was performed. The center of gravity consists of the longitudinal. A fish scale was then attached with fishing line to the bow and the model was then leveled. The distance from the pivot point to the longitudinal center of gravity (LCG) was then calculated with moment balance.Midship Section Coefficient CM ? AM BT Definition 6 Another set of important stability parameters are the centers of gravity of the model. it will be assumed that the transverse center of gravity is at the center of the beam. A small weight on a string is then attached to the mast creating a pendulum. In order to determine the longitudinal center of gravity. Since the model must be symmetrical. The Metacentric height of the model is then obtained using Definition 10 and the vertical center of gravity (KG) can be calculated with Definition 11. This experiment consists of mounting a mast at the transverse centerline of the model. The inclination angle is determined with the use of basic trigonometry. the hull was balanced on a pivot point with a known distance to the aft perpendicular. The inclination or heeling angle is then plotted at three different weight intervals and the slope is then identified. Known amounts of weights are then applied at the deck of the model to create a righting arm and an inclination angle.

a more accurate GM and KG must be calculated.“LOMAC: Littoral Operated Multi-purpose Auxiliary Craft”. The distance between the vertical center of gravity (KG) and the vertical center of buoyancy (KB) is then obtained with Definition 15. the Moorish equation (Definition 14) was used. (Cencer) Due to changes in KG from the addition of weights. These new values are obtained with Definition 12 and Definition 13 respectively. Moment Balance LCG Location Fa ? Wx Definition 7 Definition 8 LCG ? x ? p ? ? ArcTan GM ? w l Heel Angle Definition 9 Metacentric Height wt ? Tan? Definition 10 Vertical Center of Gravity Metacentric Height KG ? KG ? GM Definition 11 Definition 12 GM ? KG ? slope ? Vertical Center of Gravity Center of Buoyancy ? 0 KG 0 ? wkg 0 ? T?5 C ? KB ? ? ? B ? 3 ? 2 CWP ? ? ? BG ? KG ? KB Definition 13 Definition 14 Center of Gravity/Buoyancy Distance Definition 15 47 . To obtain the distance between the keel and the center of buoyancy.

55 18. in.11 2.17 70. s 1982). in. the longitudinal trim on the model was obtained with the use of the data acquisition system. the determination of the radius of gyration will not be included in the scope of this project.2028 0. in.30 -4.58 3.37 72. aft in.48 1.31 23.The dynamic stability of the model depends on how well the vessel can right itself as well as the radius of gyration about it axes and it determines how stable the vessel is while in motion.12 0.56 2.9542 Spring 2005 68.94 25.07 62.32 3.(Connor et al. in.03 -2.2028 0.05 -0. 2004) Due to time constraints. in. 2004) The roll frequency is dependent upon the ship’ beam and the metacentric height (Gillmer and Johnson.9498 Units in.37 -1. in.25 30. Avg Roll Frequency Coeff Average Roll Frequency Symbol GM BM KB KM* BG LCG VCG LCB VCB F FF K ? Fall 2003 61.63 4.(Connor et al.30 65. Roll Period ? ? kB GM Definition 16 Table 11: LOMAC Model Centers Parameter Metacentric Height Metacentric Radius Vertical Center of Boyancy Keel to Metacenter Distance Distance between VCG and VCB Longitudinal Center of Gravity Vertical Center of Gravity Longitudinal Center of Boyancy Vertical Center of Boyancy Aproximate Trim Angle Trim Angle with Data Acq Sys.80 0. Finally.62 1.78 4. The static and dynamic stability assessment was done following the procedures from “LOMAC Monohull”. degrees degrees sec 48 . aft in.

this was not possible since the system was non-operational at the moment of the experiment. the model was tested with the use of the differential. 49 . The turning radiuses of the different steering methods are shown in Table 12. rudder steering and the combination of both differential and rudder steering. The circles would be done using differential steering. Three circular trajectories would be measured using a tape measure. however.7 Steering System Test To determine the effectiveness of the steering system.4. rudder and differential/rudder steering. The experiment consisted of driving the model through a full circle at a velocity of 3-4 knots. Recording the circular trajectory with the data acquisition system would have been a more accurate option. This experiment was conducted in the Florida Institute of Technology Wave Tank Lake (Figure 30). This velocity corresponds to the speed of the model using only one motor for propulsion.

0 ft.5 ft. In the test.8 Data Acquisition System Test The objective of this test was to familiarize with the data acquisition system and to check that all sensors were functioning correctly. the data acquisition package was secured into the front passenger seat of a Dodge 50 .5 ft.Figure 30: Location of Calm Water Test Table 12: Turning Radius of Steering Systems Approximate Turning Radius at V= 3-4 knots Differential Steering Rudder Steering Differential/Rudder Steering 14. 4. 8. 4.

All sensor work properly and acceleration. the GPS did not acquire data for 49 seconds. therefore it was concluded that the weather conditions affected the GPS signal. In future testing. The GPS antenna was placed on the roll bar of the truck to maximize signal reception. during the test. heading and velocity readings were collected. cloud cover would be taken in 51 . inclination. It was notice that the sky was mostly cloudy. However.Ram 1500 (Figure 31). position. Figure 31: 2001 Dodge Ram 1500 2x4 The test consisted on logging data while driving from the Link building to the wave tank building on the campus of Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. Florida (Appendix A).

8 Latitude North 2803. Position and Trajectory for Data Acquisition Test 1 8037. Inspection of the acceleration data reveals that the accelerometers are not calibrated. In Figure 35 the inclination data revealed a trend which is best understood when overlaid with the acceleration data on the X axis.75 2803.3 2803.4 8037. The digital compass also malfunctioned by not recording the east/west vector of the heading.5 Longitude West 8037.95 2804 Figure 32: Truck Trajectory during Test 1 52 .9 2803.85 2803. Notice how the data taken while the truck drove through Country Club Road is erratic. With the exception of that section of the data.55 8037.7 2803.65 2803. In Figure 32.35 8037. the data collected was accurate.consideration before conducting tests. the trajectory and position of the truck as the data was been collected is shown.6 2803.45 8037. Figure 34 shows the four accelerometer outputs.

5 -1 -1.Truck Heading Recorded by Data Acquisition System 400 350 300 Heading (degrees) 250 200 150 100 50 0 0 50 100 150 Time (sec) 200 250 300 350 Figure 33: Truck Heading during Test 1 Truck Accelerations Recorded by Data Acquisition System 1 0.5 0 0 Accelerations (g) 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 Z1 Axis Y Axis Z2 Axis X Axis -0.5 -2 Time (sec) Figure 34: Truck Acceleration during Test 1 53 .

4 Time (sec) -15 Figure 35: Truck X Axis Acceleration and Inclination during Test 1 A second data acquisition system test was performed to prove that the GPS lack of signal reception during the first test was caused by cloud cover. there was no cloud cover and the GPS recorded data flawlessly. 54 .6 20 0.2 5 X Axis Acceleration Inclinometer 0 0 28 56 84 112 140 168 196 224 252 280 308 0 -5 -0.8 30 25 0.Truck X Axis Acceleration and Inclination Recorded by Data Acquisition System 0.4 Acceleration (g) 15 inclination (degrees) 10 0.2 -10 -0. For this test.

6 2803.25 2803.5 8037.Truck Trajectory Recorded by Data Acquisition System 8037.8 2803.3 8037.9 2803.45 Longitude (West) Trajectory 8037.85 2803.95 2804 Latitude (North) Figure 36: Truck Trajectory during Test 1b Truck Velocity Recorded by Data Acquisition System 45 40 35 30 Velocity (knots) 25 Velocity 20 15 10 5 0 0 20 40 60 80 100 Time (sec) 120 140 160 180 Figure 37: Truck Velocity during Test 1b 55 .65 2803.75 2803.55 2803.4 8037.35 8037.55 8037.7 2803.

5 -2 Time(sec) Figure 39: Truck Accelerations during Test 1b 56 .5 Z1 Axis Y Axis Z2 Axis X Axis -1 -1.Truck Heading Recorded by Data Acquisition System 350 300 250 Heading (degrees) 200 Heading 150 100 50 0 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 140 160 180 Time (sec) Figure 38: Truck Heading during Test 1b Truck Acceleration Recorded by Data Acquisition System 0.5 0 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 140 160 180 Acceleration(g) -0.

both of which are of a positive value. Even though the system performed acceptably. The method requires the data acquisition package to travel a full 360? degrees in the course of the test to be properly calibrated (Guardino). therefore if the data acquisition package is stationary. The primary goals of this test was to understand the model controls. the digital compass provides two readings.During both test all sensors functioned and accurate data were transmitted from the data acquisition package to the computer. several observations were noted.9 LOMAC Data Acquisition Tests The model sea trials were performed in the freshwater pond in front of the Florida Institute of Technology wave tank (Figure 30). record accurate data from the data 57 . the method used to process the heading data has a problem. a heading of 0 degrees will be recorded. According to Guardino. This prevents the reading from exceeding a value of 90 degrees when the ATAN2 function is used to find the true heading. To compensate for this problem. the digital compass records a reading regardless of whether the system is in motion or not. a North/South component and an East/West component. The GPS bases it heading readings on change in position. Unfortunately. 4.

33 knots. For this test. Achieving planning speed was a secondary goal.3 in which each motor is connected to a different channel and both rudders are connected in one channel. 58 . the data acquisition system was used to trace the perimeter of the lake. The control configuration A discussed in Section 3.acquisition system and to observe how the model maneuvered in calm water. By tracing the perimeter of the lake. the model was controlled through a series of turns in the pond. easier interpretation of the model trajectory would be allowed. Model Velocity Recorded by Data Acquisition System 6 5 4 Velocity (knots) 3 Model Speed 2 1 0 0 64 128 192 256 320 384 Time(sec) 448 512 576 640 704 768 Figure 40: Model Velocity Recorded on Test 2 During the 13 minute test. the maximum velocity of the model was of 5. In addition.

The inclinometer was fixed after the first sea trial and accurate readings were obtained. making it a highly maneuverable vessel and the trim of the model with the added weight of the data acquisition system was acceptable (nearly zero degrees). more readable method to analyze and display the data. the digital compass was removed. It must be noted that the reason why the test is divided in three sections( a.proved to be adequate. The data collected from the GPS was accurate and is shown in Figure 42. The accelerometers were then calibrated as close as possible to where it needed to be and the gain was set at an optimal level. Several observations were taken during this test. The digital compass was initially installed to serve as a backup system for the GPS when the model is not in motion. 44 and 46. the acceleration data was not calibrated (Figure 41). the digital compass was removed. Since the model is in motion most of the time. The model could turn 180 degrees within a 10 ft radius. Since the GPS heading reading was accurate and the model would always be in motion. During these tests. and the digital compass is troublesome. b & c) is because it proved to be a simpler. 59 . and the digital compass and inclinometer failed to record data.

2 -0.8 Time (sec) Figure 41: Model Accelerations for Test 2 60 .6 -0.6 0.2 Acceleration (g) 0 0 96 192 288 384 480 576 672 768 Z1 Axis Y Axis Z2 Axis X Axis -0.Model Accelerations Recorded by Data Acquisition System 0.4 -0.4 0.

685 2803.38 8037.375 8037.72 2803.725 Figure 42: Trajectory of LOMAC Model during Test 2a Model Heading Recorded by Data Acquisition System 350 300 250 Heading (degrees) 200 GPS Heading 150 100 50 0 40 50 60 70 80 Time (sec) 90 100 110 120 Figure 43: LOMAC Model Heading during Test 2a 61 .71 2803.395 8037.715 2803.7 2803.Model Trajectory Recorded by Data Acquisition System 8037.37 2803.385 Trajectory Lake Perimeter 8037.69 2803.39 Longitude West 8037.695 2803.705 Latitude North 2803.

695 2803.725 Figure 44: Trajectory of LOMAC Model during Test 2b Model Heading Recorded by Data Acquisition System 350 300 250 Heading (degrees) 200 GPS Heading 150 100 50 0 378 388 398 408 Time (sec) 418 428 Figure 45: LOMAC Model Heading during Test 2b 62 .38 8037.705 Latitude North 2803.385 Model Trajectory Lake Perimeter 8037.375 8037.715 2803.Model Trajectory Recorded by Data Acquisition system 8037.37 2803.69 2803.7 2803.72 2803.71 2803.395 8037.685 2803.39 Longitude West 8037.

37 2803.Model Trajectory Recorded by Data Acquisition System 8037.685 2803.39 Longitude West 8037.715 2803.375 8037.71 2803.725 Figure 46: Trajectory of LOMAC Model during Test 2c Model Heading Recorded by Data Acquisition System 350 300 250 Heading (degrees) 200 GPS Heading 150 100 50 0 420 430 440 450 460 470 480 490 500 510 Time (sec) Figure 47: LOMAC Model Heading During Test 2c 63 .38 8037.695 2803.72 2803.69 2803.7 2803.395 8037.385 Model Trajectory Lake Perimeter 8037.705 Latitude North 2803.

a set of Octura brass three blade propellers and a set of Prather stainless steel two blade propellers. a set of Graupner nylon four blade propellers. four pairs of propeller were tested.4. The results of the propeller test are shown in Table 13.10 Propulsion Test and Analysis The purpose of the propulsion test was to determine the thrust delivered by each propeller and to determine which propeller was more efficient for the model. These were a set of Graupner carbon fiber two blade propellers. For the experiment. (Figure 48) The test was conducted on the swimming pool of Southgate Apartment at the campus of Florida Institute of Technology (Appendix A). This process was done three times and an average value for thrust was taken for each set of propellers. The model was then run at full speed for a ten second interval and the thrust in pounds was recorded. 64 . the model was attached to a scale with 50 lbs braded fishing line (Appendix H). For this test.

3 15.20 13.8 16.3 15.20 15.50 After the thrust of each propeller was determined. Definitions 17 through Definition 33 were used to determine the parameters shown in Table 14. a propulsive analysis was done for each set of propeller. Shafts and Accessories Table 13: Propeller Thrust Data Propellers 1st Trial 2nd Trial (lbs) Graupner 2 Blade Graupner 4 Blade Prather 2 Blade Octura 3 Blade 14. (Gillmer and Johnson 1982) 65 .3 13.5 (lbs) 14.45 3rd Trial (lbs) 14.55 Total Thrust (lbs) 14.1 13.9 16.2 13.80 16.7 16 15.Figure 48: Propellers.

Advance Coefficient J? vA nD Definition 7 Thrust Coefficient KT ? KQ ? T ? n2 D 4 JK T 2? ? 0 Definition 8 Torque Coefficient Definition 9 Torque Q ? KQ ? n2 D5 Definition 10 Propeller Loading ?K ? PL ? ? T ? 4 ?J ? P D SHP ? THP ? 1 4 Definition 11 Pitch/Diameter Ratio Definition 12 Shaft Horsepower 2? nQs 550 Tv A 550 Definition 13 Thrust Horsepower Definition 14 Propeller Horsepower PHP ? 2? nQ (THP ) Tv A RT vS 550 Definition 15 Effective Horsepower EHP ? Definition 16 Shafting Efficiency ? S ? PHP SHP Definition 17 Hull Efficiency ? ? H ? ? EHP (1 ? t ) ? THP (1 ? w ) ? ? B 0 Definition 18 Relative Rotative Efficiency R Definition 19 66 .

? D Propulsive Efficiency ? EHP ? ? H ? 0? PHP S R Definition 22 Propulsive Coefficient EHP ? ? D? SHP ? ? H ? 0? R? S Definition 23 67 .Propeller Efficiency Total Resistance ? B ? ? 0? R Definition 20 Definition 21 RT ? (1 ? t )T ? P.C .

24 0.11 3.33 7699.17 0.98 0.70 17.95 0.10 0.36 0.63 Octura 3 3.57 11.69 2.44 9.95 0.00 13.8 19.98 0.97 12.96 0.92 1.95 0.40 9.33 12.17 10.98 0.07 2.17 0.48 0.44 Prather 2 3.0.37 1.40 0.62 2.60 0.25 8.94 13.61 hp hp hp hp % % % % Lb.17 2. ft. % assumed assumed assumed mph ft/sec knots mph ft/sec knots assumed assumed % slugs/ft3 lb.2 lb.+/.51 0. in.94 15.94 0.30 0.Table 14: Propulsive Analysis and Parameters Propeller Parameters Blades Pitch Pitch 2 Diameter Diameter 2 Rev per Sec Rev per Min Pitch x Rev Apparent Slip Ratio Water Density Thrust Torque Thrust Coefficient Torque Coefficient Advance Coefficient Open Water Prop Efficiency Propeller Loading Pitch/Diameter Ratio Speed of Advance Speed of Advance Speed of Advance Speed Speed Speed Wake Speed Thrust -deduction factor Shaft Horsepower Propeller Horsepower Thrust Horsepower Effective Horsepower Efficiency behind Propeller Shafting Efficiency Relative Rotative Efficiency Hull Efficiency Total Resistance of Model Quasi-propulsive Efficiency Propulsive Coefficient P P D D n n pxn Sa ? T Q Kt Kq J ?0 pl P/D Va Va Va V V V w t SHP PHP THP EHP ?B ?S ?R ?H Rt ?D P. rev/sec rev/min 68 .97 0.93 4.16 2.11 4. Graupner 2 2.95 0.71 14.44 0.94 16.50 2.50 2.67 0.37 2.22 7.71 1.14 1.38 0.8 12.17 0.01 8.30 2.10 0.65 0.74 0.8 12.17 0.87 10.33 7699.24 10.4 1.11 4.52 0.68 0.95 0.86 20.34 1.76 11.50 Graupner 4 1.45 5.64 3.17 0.56 1.02 0. assumed assumed .64 0.4 1.33 7699.16 1.29 0.61 0.13 0. No.80 0.11 3.88 0.20 3.4 1.28 0.68 1.81 5.19 128.20 128.35 0.97 13.04 0.4 1.60 7.98 0.14 128.50 16.25 0.35 0. ft.46 0.C.17 0.86 4. in.04 0.94 14.20 6.97 14.45 0.17 1.25 2.69 0.97 12. lb-ft.29 0.53 0.06 0.32 0.33 7699.62 6.06 2.18 128.89 1.46 2.96 0.98 0.20 2.09 0.80 6.97 1.95 0.44 11.80 3.38 6.8 23.42 0.

instead of saltwater. 69 . This is mainly due to the fact that several conditions were assumed when developing the propulsive analysis. giving the Prather propellers the largest and the Graupner 4 blade propeller the least. Also. A more accurate prediction could be done by performing multiple iterations of this analysis. it was discovered that the previously used Graupner 4 blade propellers was the least effective propellers. In Section 4. The predicted velocity of each propeller was higher than any velocity reached experimentally. After completing this analysis. the more effective the propeller will be for the model. The propulsive parameters of each propeller were then calculated and compared (Table 14). was used.13 it is discuss how freshwater tests limited the maximum velocity acquired by the model.After conducting the thrust experiment. the freshwater density. it was discovered that the pitch/diameter ratio coincide with the propeller thrust. This leads to the conclusions that the larger the pitch/diameter ratio is. The Graupner 2 blade propellers delivered the most thrust followed by the Octura 3 blade and the Graupner 2 blade propellers.

was off by +/. The new set of propellers gave the model a maximum speed of 7. although accurate. however the acceleration. The previously used Graupner propellers had efficiencies below 56%.0. The data acquisition system recorded heading. the model had achieved a maximum velocity of 5. At this speed.95 hp to push the model at 12 knots while the Graupner 4 blade propeller requires 2. It was concluded that the 70 .33 knots (Figure 49). the model was fully-planing.The efficiencies of each propeller also yield results that showed the Prather propeller being the most effective with an open water efficiency of 71% and a quasi-propulsive efficiency of 67%. This second sea trial was also performed in the wave tank lake at the Florida Institute of Technology campus. a set of 2 blade Prather Propellers were selected as the most efficient propellers for the catamaran model.11 Calm Water Tests In Section 5. trajectory and velocity accurately (Figure 51 through Figure 56). The efficiencies of the propellers are also comparable in the calculations of required horse power (hp).74 knots.5.44 hp to push the model at 6. 4.33 knots. The Prather propeller was estimated to require 1.2 G (Figure 50). Previously.

accelerometers could not be calibrated mechanically (adjusting the y-intercept potentiometer) and could only be calibrated by altering the program within the pic microcontroller. The inclinometer worked properly during this test. It displayed data in the LCD screen of the data acquisition system. Unfortunately, the inclination data was not sent through the wireless communication therefore no data was recorded.

During this test, the model was controlled over a series of loops and sprints. The test was divided into three sections to simplify the data analysis. Figure 51, 53 and 55 display the trajectory of the model at each of the three tests while Figure 52, 54 and 56 display the heading of the model recorded by the GPS.

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385 Longitude West 8037.715 2803.725 Figure 55: Trajectory of LOMAC Model during Test 3c Model Heading Recorded by Data Acquisition System 350 300 250 Heading (degrees) 200 Heading 150 100 50 0 400 405 410 415 420 Time (sec) 425 430 435 440 Figure 56: LOMAC Model Heading during Test 3c 75 .69 2803.Model Position Recorded with Data Acquisition System 8037.395 8037.39 8037.705 Latitude North 2803.7 2803.38 Position Lake Perimeter 8037.365 2803.685 2803.695 2803.375 8037.72 2803.71 2803.37 8037.

To facilitate the operation of these tests. Figure 57: River Test Locations 76 . the model was taken to the Indian River for littoral tests. The first test was performed north east of the SR-192 causeway while the second test was performed south of the SR-192 causeway (Figure 57).4. a 17 ft aluminum boat was used (Figure 58).12 Littoral Test Once the LOMAC model was tested in calm water.

the model performed a series of sprints and loop in a 150 ft by 100 ft area. The wind and wave action were not a factor on the model velocity since the model sprinting maneuvers were always done perpendicular to the wind and wave action. The velocity data recorded by the data acquisition system reveals the highest ever recorded velocity which was a velocity of 7.Figure 58: 17 ft Research Boat The location of the first test was selected because the wave action was minimal and wind was not present. These maneuvers are shown in Figure 59. 77 .728 knots. During this test. (Figure 61) Several field observations were taken during this test.

625 8034.595 2805.Model Trajectory Recorded by Data Acquisition System 8034.34 2805.6 8034.355 2805.62 8034.365 Figure 59: Trajectory of LOMAC Model during Test 4a Model Heading Recorded by Data Acquisition System 400 350 300 Heading (degrees) 250 200 Model Heading 150 100 50 0 0 20 40 60 Time (sec) 80 100 120 140 Figure 60: LOMAC Model Heading during Test 4a 78 .335 2805.35 Latitude North 2805.615 Longitude West 8034.61 Series1 8034.345 2805.36 2805.605 8034.

creating a larger oscillating acceleration data. Avg. Mov. (Velocity) 4 3 2 1 0 0 20 40 60 Time (sec) 80 100 120 Figure 61: Model Velocity during Test 4a The acceleration data was also recorded during this test. 79 . (Figure 62) Although not calibrated. the model was navigated through its own wake. During the last sprinting maneuver.Model Velocity Recorded by Data Acquisition System 9 8 7 6 Velocity (knots) 5 Velocity 2 per. the data reveals the accelerations increasing at the beginning of each sprinting maneuver.

2 Acceleration (g) 0.1 Z1 Axis X Axis 0 -0.3 0.3 10.0 0.1 20 40 60 80 100 120 Z2 Axis Y Axis 0 -0.0 X Axis Acceleration Inclination 0 0 20 40 60 80 100 -5.0 -0.2 5.4 15.Model Accelerations Recorded by Data Acquisition System 0.5 0.2 -15.5 Time (sec) Figure 62: LOMAC Model Acceleration during Test 4a X Axis Acceleration and Model Inclination Recorded by Data Acquisition System 0.1 -10.3 -0.0 Figure 63: X Axis Acceleration and Model Inclination during Test 4a 80 .0 0.1 0.4 0.0 -0.3 Time (sec) -20.2 -0.0 Inclination (Degrees) Acceleration (G) 0.4 -0.0 -0.

The inclination data is shown in Figure 72.The second set of tests took place south of the SR-192 causeway. Mov. Velocity. the angle of attack decreases and so does the acceleration. (Velocity ) 3 2 1 0 0 20 40 60 Time (sec) 80 100 Figure 64: Velocity of LOMAC Model during Test 4b 81 . During these tests. The main goals of these tests were to successfully operate the model in littoral conditions and to obtain inclination data. Avg. Model Velocity Recorded by Data Acquisition System 7 6 5 Velocity (knots) 4 Velocity 2 per. the data acquisition system was oriented so that the inclinometer would measure the inclination in the longitudinal axis(x axis). In theory. accelerations trajectory and heading graphs for this tests are shown in Figure 64-71. the acceleration and inclination in the x-axis would be directly related since the model increase its angle of attack as it increase velocity and as the model reaches planning velocity.

Model Trajectory recorded by Data Acquisition System 2805.355 2805.375 2805.615 8034.365 Longitude West 2805.38 2805.345 2805.37 2805.595 8034.62 8034.35 2805.6 8034.625 Figure 65: Trajectory of LOMAC Model during Test 4b Model Trajectory Recorded by Data Acquisition System 400 350 300 250 200 Model Trajectory 150 100 50 0 0 20 40 60 Time (sec) 80 100 120 Figure 66: LOMAC Model Heading during Test 4b 82 .605 8034.36 Velocity (knots) 2805.34 8034.61 Latitude North 8034.

3 0.4 0.3 8 0.4 Time (sec) Figure 67: LOMAC Model Acceleration during Test 4b X Axis Acceleration and Inclination Recorded by Data Acquisition System 0.05 X Axis Acceleration Inclination -4 0 0 20 40 60 Time(sec) 80 100 -6 Figure 68: Model X Axis Acceleration Recorded during Test 4b 83 .3 -0.25 6 Inclination(Degrees) Acceleration(G) 0.2 0.2 4 2 0.Model Accelerations Recorded by Data Acquisition System 0.15 0 0.35 10 0.1 Acceleration (g) Z1 Axis X Axis 0 -0.1 20 40 60 80 100 120 Z2 Axis Y Axis 0 -0.1 -2 0.2 -0.

352 2805.35 2805.364 Figure 70: Trajectory of LOMAC Model during Test 4c 84 .5 3 Velocity (knots) 2.607 8034. (Velocity) 2 1.348 2805.605 8034.602 8034.601 8034.346 2805.603 8034.599 2805.6 8034.5 0 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 Time (sec) Figure 69: Model Velocity Recorded during Test 4c Model Trajectory Recorded by Data Acquisition System 8034. Avg.609 8034.5 1 0.36 2805.608 8034.354 2805.606 Longitude West 8034.604 Model Trajectory 8034.362 2805.358 Latitude North 2805. Mov.5 4 3.356 2805.5 Velocity 2 per.Model Velocity Recorded by Data Acquisition System 4.

Model Heading Recorded by Data Acquisition System 350 300 250 Heading (degrees) 200 Heading 150 100 50 0 0 10 20 30 40 50 Time (sec) 60 70 80 90 100 Figure 71: LOMAC Model Heading during Test 4c Model Acceleration Recorded by Data Acquisition System 0.2 -0.3 Time (sec) Figure 72: LOMAC Model Accelerations during Test 4c 85 .3 0.1 -0.1 Z1 Axis Y Axis Z2 Axis X Axis 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 0 -0.4 0.2 Acceleration (g) 0.

3 -0. This test was performed in both calm (Figure 73) and wave (Figure 78) conditions for comparison. To obtain the angle of attack.1 -11 -0.7) was used for the littoral test.13 Planing Performance Test The LOMAC model underwent planning performance test on the spring 2005 semester. the data acquisition system was oriented so that the inclinometer could record the inclination on the longitudinal axis.3 9 0.4 Time (sec) -21 Figure 73: Model X Axis Acceleration and Inclination during Test 4c 4. The primary goal of this test was to collect data that could show the angle of attack of the boat changing as the model went from displacement to fully-planning.4 0.2 -16 18 36 54 72 -6 X Axis Acceleration Inclination -0.1 -1 0 0 -0.X Axis Acceleration and Incliantion Recorded by Data Acquisition system 0. A new test was done for the calm water test while data from Test 4a (Section 5.2 Acceleration (G) 4 Inclination(degrees) 0. For the calm water 86 .5 14 0.

test. (Figure 77) Model Velocity and Angle of Attack vs Time 9 12 10 8 7 6 6 Inclination (degrees) 4 Velocity (knots) 5 2 0 -2 3 -4 2 -6 1 -8 -10 0 16 32 Time(sec) 48 64 Velocity 8 Angle of Attack 4 60 per. an acceleration graph was plotted with the model velocity to observe how the velocity increases as acceleration increases.4 49.28 16.2 74. (Angle of Attack) 0 Figure 74: Planning Performance in Calm Water during Test 5 Model Velocity Recorded by Data Acquisition System 9 8 7 6 Velocity (knots) 5 4 3 2 1 0 108 116 124 132 141 149 157 166 174 182 190 199 207 215 224 232 240 248 257 265 273 282 290 298 8.7 66. Avg. Mov.8 91.8 33.4 306 58 0 Time (sec) Figure 75: Model Velocity Recorded during Test 5 87 .1 99.5 82.1 41.6 24.

382 8037.692 2803.378 8037.388 8037.712 2803.696 2803.716 Figure 76: Trajectory of LOMAC Model Recorded during Test 5 Model Heading Recorded by Data Acquisition System 350 300 250 Heading (degrees) 200 150 100 50 0 0 10 20 30 Time (sec) 40 50 60 Figure 77: LOMAC Model Heading Recorded during Test 5 88 .376 8037.38 8037.7 2803.708 2803.384 8037.386 Longitude (West) 8037.39 8037.Model Trajectory Recorded by Data Acquisition System 8037.374 2803.704 Latitude (North) 2803.

(Z2 Axis) 20 per.Model Accelerations Recorded by Data Acquisition System 0.0 Time (sec) 1 20 40 60 80 3 6 Velocity (knots) Velocity Angle of Attack 60 per.2 1 -0.0 4 0.0 5 2. Avg.3 7 0. Avg. (Angle of Attack) 0 Figure 79: Planning Performance in Littoral Conditions 89 . (Series5) 20 per. Mov. Time 14. Mov.2 6 Acceleration (g) Velocity (knots) Z1 Axis X Axis Z2 Axis Y Axis Series5 3 per.0 7 8.1 5 0 0 10 20 30 40 4 3 -0.1 2 -0. (Y Axis) 20 per.0 -8. Mov.0 Angle of Attack (degrees) 6.0 12.0 -4. Mov. Mov. Avg.0 2 -6. Mov.0 9 8 10.0 -10.0 0 -2. Avg.4 9 8 0. (X Axis) 20 per. Avg. (Z1 Axis) 0.3 Time (sec) 0 Figure 78: Accelerations and Velocity Recorded during Test 5 Model Velocity and Angle of Attack Vs. Avg.0 4.

Table 15: LOMAC Model Planing Speeds Calm Conditions Approximate Displacement Velocity Approximate Semi-Planing Velocity Approximate Fully-Planing Velocity Approximate Maximum Angle of Attack Maximum Recorded Velocity V< 4.15 knots <V< 7.658 knots* Littoral Conditions V< 4.1 knots for calm and wave conditions.10 knots < V < 7.728 knots* *At maximum power with both 10 cell Ni-CD fully charged. The main reason why the salt water tests recorded higher velocity than the freshwater tests is because at the freshwater test. This show how efficient the hull shape is since it does not get greatly affected by wave conditions.15 knots 4.3 knots in wave conditions.15 knots 5 degrees 7.30 knots V> 7. The model was unable to maintain a maximum velocity for more than 4 seconds due to the size of the lake. Therefore the model was decelerated before it would reach the maximum velocity.The results of this test show that the fully planing speed of the model is at 7.10 knots 4. Also note how the maximum velocity is within 0.30 knots 6 degrees 7. 90 . the model velocity was limited due to the testing facilities (freshwater lake).15 knots V> 7.15 knots in calm conditions and 7.

maximum velocity and acceleration were lower than those in the second drive system. and increased maneuverability. the model still trimmed by the bow. The main purpose of this procedure was to finish the hull. 91 . The first system was the Traxxas drive system. The improved maneuverability was due to the reverse operation offered by the Traxxas motor controller. In the end. however.0 Discussion The reconstruction of the LOMAC catamaran model and re-design of its new systems was highly successful. lower the weight and move the longitudinal center of gravity closer to the stern of the model. All objective were completed by fairing and re-shaping the hull. which used 6 cell 3000 mAh Ni-MH batteries. Re-designing the drive and steering system of the model led to the success of this graduate work.5. however. The Traxxas drive system had the advantages of longer range. the addition of on-board systems and the data acquisition system would correct that trim angle. Two drive systems were tested within the scope of this research.

The new system employed the combination of rudders and differential steering. giving the model a turning radius of 14 feet. By eliminating this excessive trim. an addition of 2 10 cell batteries on the JES system will not only duplicate the operational time of the model. rudders were added to 92 . In the present conditions. but it will also trim the model further to the stern. the model maneuverability using only differential steering was still unacceptable. the maximum velocity and fastest initial accelerations were reached. To improve on the steering system. Also. The steering system of the model was design to further improve the existing steering system. With this system.The second system was the JES drive system. the Traxxas drive system is better for further research. 2700 mAh Ni-Cd batteries. differential steering was now a useful method of turning the model. By re-designing a more efficient drive system. Unfortunately. which was powered with a pair of 10 cell. In the initial system. the range of the model was reduced due to the increased current draw from the motors allowed by the JES motor controller. the JES motor controllers did not have reverse like the Traxxas motor controller. however. the model relied on the use of differential steering to be maneuverable. the thrust in the model was not enough to propel it and was even less efficient in turning the motor around. Initially. making it impossible to properly test the model in the wave tank pond. This will eliminate the 1 degree bow trim that the model has. However. therefore maneuverability was limited. the model will be balanced and will navigate more efficiently at planing speed.

with drive and steering. The first test performed was the static stability experiment. it was necessary to perform this experiment again. The striking similarities between both tests are due to the fact that the 2003 model was tested with nothing on board and the model itself was heavier than the restored 93 . First. the model can be steered at high velocity with the rudders without decreasing maximum velocity performance with the use of differential steering. Several differences between both experiments were present. most of the other parameters yield similar results. Since the model had been reconstructed and the center of gravity had been moved further to the stern. The purpose of this experiment was to recalculate several of the static stability parameters. The experiment was performed in the same manner as it was done by Mark Cencer et al. The test performed during this research involved different aspect of naval architecture. static stability experiment. the 2003 experiment was performed on the LOMAC model with no drive or steering system within the hull. and sea trials in both calm and littoral conditions. This included propulsion analysis. The 2005 experiment included a fully loaded LOMAC model. In addition to the turning maneuverability. This improved the maneuverability drastically to less than a 5 ft turning radius. The result show that although the longitudinal center of gravity was moved approximate 5 inches to the stern.each hull.

The propeller was mainly design to operate at lower revolutions. the model did not reached planning speed. the data acquisition succeeded in recording trajectory. This lack of velocity was caused by the amount of current allowed by the motor controller to go through the motors and the efficiency of the propeller. During this test. The Traxxas motor controller can deliver up to 30 amps continuous current while the JES NAVY 600 can deliver 60 amps maximum current. The data acquisition system successfully recorded most of the trajectory. the 2005 model was tested with all systems on board.(Cencer 2003) However. heading. The low pitch propeller became flexible under high revolutions. A second test was performed in a day were the cloud cover was minimal. The propeller efficiency was the other problem that led to lower velocity. velocity. The propeller in use was the 4 blade nylon propeller by Graupner. Once all model systems were operational. which decreased the efficiency of the propeller. however. Unfortunately. 94 . the data acquisition system was tested by recording the movement of a Dodge Ram Pickup truck. accelerations and inclination.3 knots was reached in calm water conditions. The first sea trials were conducted using the Traxxas system and 4 blade nylon Graupner propellers. the model had not exceeded the 2 knot mark. cloud cover proved to affect the reception of the global positioning device.2005 model. Previously. except the data acquisition system. An average maximum velocity of 5.

this problem 95 . the revolutions per minute (rpm) were to high for the design rpm.3 knots. The JES system utilize 10 cell NiCd batteries and also allows the motor to draw more current from the batteries. One negative aspect of this system is the decreased operational time due to the increase current draw by the motors. During these test. In both three and four blade propellers. to the Graupner 4 blade propeller. Contrary. The Graupner 4 blade propeller proved to be the least efficient propeller of all four.A propulsive analysis was done for 4 different pairs of propellers to determine the most efficient one. The Octura three blade propellers followed the Prather propellers in efficiency. This was due mainly to the material it was made and the application it was made for (low revolution propeller). they had a smaller pitch than the Prather propeller. these propellers are made of stainless steel. therefore the propellers suffer from minimal deformation at higher revolution. These were made out of brass. the model exceeded the theoretical planning velocity of 7. therefore some cavitation existed.6. cavitation is kept to a minimal. The replacement of the drive system from the Traxxas to the JES system and the conversion of propellers proved to be a major step in obtaining the planning speed. which are shown in Section 5. Fortunately. By using a 2 blade propeller. The experiment led to the selection of the Prather propellers which had the highest pitch and only 2 blades. however.

To perform these tests. the operational time of the model would increase by 100% and the added weight in the motor compartment would improve the less than -1 degree trim angle.becomes an advantage with the addition of two more identical 10 cell batteries. With this addition. therefore increasing the thrust delivered by the propeller and decreasing the model draft.2 to 0. At these tests.4 ft. which is denser than freshwater. 96 . The lack of space in the pond prevented the model to maintain a high velocity for extended period of time. two factors were not considered. Calm water tests were performed in a small freshwater pond. the model was navigated in the Indian River. The approximate height of the waves encounter by the model during the river tests were of 0. It was expected for the model to reach a lower maximum velocity due to the increased wave action. Increased thrust and decreased draft were minor changes but they could affect the performance of the model by increasing the model velocity by a fraction of a knot. Also littoral tests were conducted in saltwater. However. all systems performed flawlessly and a maximum velocity of 7. This addition will further improve the overall performance of the LOMAC multi-hull model. The model was also tested in littoral conditions.6 knots was achieved.

The angle of attack and velocities of the LOMAC catamaran model as it travel from displacement to fullyplaning also yield similar results in both calm and littoral tests (Table 15). The oscillations were present in the littoral test and were related to the wave action during the test. It was observed that wave action did not affect the velocity of the model since the velocity in both calm and littoral tests were within 0. inclination and velocity values resemble striking similarities with the exception of an increased oscillated acceleration values. This experiment consisted on using the inclinometer (previously oriented in the y axis) in the x axis to measure the angle of attack as the model went through displacement. and fully-planing mode. The acceleration.After conducting all necessary testing to prove the effectiveness of the LOMAC model and systems.728 knots were achieved in the last calm (Figure 73) and littoral tests (Figure 78) respectively. This test was done in both calm and littoral condition. Maximum velocities of 7.3 knots which was the theoretical value for the model planing and the trim at high velocity was approximately -1 degree (1 degree toward bow). semi-planing. the model reached planing speed at approximately 7. As a result.658 and 7. By collecting such data. a planning experiment was performed. The 97 .1 knots of each other. the fully-planing velocity and the average trim of the model at high velocity could be measured and compared to theoretical values.

proving the effectiveness of the model in wave conditions.model was minimally affected by the wave tests. 98 .

6. The differential/rudder system gives the model a turning radius of less than 10 ft.0 knots with the Traxxas system. several recommendations have been suggested to be able to improve the performance and appearance of the model. The accelerometers require calibration since the potentiometers used for calibration do not have the range to calibrate the accelerometers to zero. During the reconstruction of the model. which went through a reconstruction of the hull and re-design of the internal systems. An upgrade of motors from the Graupner Speed 700 BB Turbo to the Speed 800 BB Turbo would add torque and thrust.0 Conclusions and Recommendations The reconstruction and evaluation of the LOMAC catamaran model concluded in March 2005. s All systems are in working conditions. the digital compass data output requires extensive data processing before obtaining a useful set of data. however.7 knots with the JES system and 6. The model’ range is limited to the radio controlled range of approximately 980 feet. is now capable of attaining maximum velocity of 7. which will make the model 99 . The operational time of the vessel is of approximately 32 minutes using the Traxxas system and 24 minutes using the JES system. The model.

An excellent replacement for the Prather 250S model (diameter =2. the system could be used in smaller and less stable mono-hull models such as the catamaran model.3.have a better initial acceleration and a higher maximum velocity. The addition of 2 more 10 cell 2700 mAh Ni/Cd batteries connected in parallel would increase the model operational time to approximately 48 minutes.8 inches. The spacing between the propeller and hull was increased after the propellers were assigned. Also. The system that requires the most improvement is the data acquisition system. Operational time for the model using the Graupner Speed 800 BB Turbo and 4 10 cell batteries would be of approximately 40 minutes due to the increase current draw from the larger Speed 800 motors. To increase maneuverability.6) is the Prather 255S model which has diameter of 2. if the motors in use are the Graupner Speed 700 BB Turbo.4 inches and a pitch of 3. pitch=2. The size reduction could be accomplished by eliminating some components and by replacing other 100 . a larger fiberglass rudder can be designed and manufactured to increase the turning moment on the model. Making the system smaller enough to fit within the LOMAC model is very important since it will decrease the wind resistance and lower the center of gravity of the model. therefore a set of bigger Prather propellers would improve the velocity of the model.

Replacing the linear accelerometer with accelerometers that can measure both linear and rotational acceleration would highly also improve the effectiveness of the data acquisition system. 101 . For example. oriented in the X-axis would help understanding how the boat inclines in a three-dimensional environment.components with smaller components that can perform the same operation. Once. The addition of several sensors would make the system more effective at recording ship motions. the LCD can be eliminated or replaced by a smaller LCD screen. the breadboard that connects the inclinometer and LCD screen to the PICNIC board can be replaced with a smaller circuit board. This would prevent the operator from having to spend hours organizing the data for further review. The lead acid battery used to supply the power to the system should be replaced with a smaller NiCd or NiMH battery that can weigh up to 50% less. The addition of a software program that could analyze the data as it is collected by the data acquisition system would give the operator a better understanding of the behavior of the model during tests. Installing an inclinometer. all sensors are properly calibrated. Therefore. the LCD screen is no longer required in the system.

the LOMAC catamaran model could be use for many applications. research on beach topography. wave studies. and catamaran ship responses. In the future.During this project. The system proved to be simple. efficient and easy to operate. 102 . the LOMAC catamaran model surpassed expectations by reaching planning velocity and by successfully recording accurate data from a variety of sensors. Among them.

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52 1.7 4.083 -0.32 0.078 0.156 0.0 6.137 -0.142 0.156 0.12 1.21 0.186 -0.2 0.142 0.0 0.171 -0.3 1.068 0.2 0.56 0.0 0.186 0.Appendix B: Sample Data from test Time (sec) 0 0.137 0.122 -0.073 -0.0 3.3 6.151 -0.186 0.147 0.147 -0.48 1.48 0.122 -0.151 -0.0 -0.56 Z1 Axis (g) -0.142 -0.24 Digital Compass X Y Vector Vector 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2 2 5 1012 1011 1011 1014 1012 1012 1012 1012 1013 1013 1011 1014 1011 1011 1015 1012 1012 1012 1012 1013 1012 1012 1013 1014 1013 1014 1013 1012 1013 1012 1011 1013 1011 1011 1012 1012 1011 1012 1011 1012 Inclination (degrees) 23 23 22 23 24 25 26 29 32 36 39 42 45 46 47 48 48 49 51 55 58 60 59 57 56 55 55 54 53 53 52 52 53 55 60 69 77 83 86 89 0.083 -0.44 1.21 0.102 -0.053 -0.102 0.8 3.122 0.3 2.127 0.196 0.2 1.191 0.24 0.171 0.22 0.04 0.171 0.6 0.181 0.32 1.171 -0.122 0.151 0.5 2.181 0.142 -0.078 0.52 0.68 0.21 0.156 -0.102 -0.176 0.151 Y Axis (g) 0.137 -0.058 -0.2 3.151 0.191 0.093 -0.12 0.196 0.08 1.117 -0.349 Longitude West 8034.078 -0.2 0.132 -0.107 -0.083 0.088 0.2 3.127 0.161 -0.28 0.8 0.21 0.151 -0.2 3.132 0.151 0.147 -0.6 2.4 3.068 -0.4 1.88 0.156 0.132 -0.36 1.6 0.225 0.098 -0.171 0.161 -0.0 2.181 0.5 3.225 0.2 0.161 0.147 0.5 2.1 0.127 -0.147 -0.6 1.147 -0.088 -0.2 2.16 1.24 0.1 3.166 -0.102 0.147 -0.6 3.9 2.171 0.4 2.068 -0.107 0.96 1 1.3 0.215 0.4 0.225 Z2 Axis (g) -0.176 0.21 0.181 -0.3 3.088 -0.161 -0.078 -0.147 -0.166 0.127 0.181 -0.083 -0.04 1.24 1.127 -0.161 -0.132 0.137 -0.176 -0.215 0.083 -0.142 0.088 0.166 0.181 -0.098 -0.7 3.166 0.063 -0.098 -0.5992 Velocity (knots) 0 Heading (degrees) 0 A 2805.083 -0.166 0.112 -0.102 0.161 -0.2 3.349 8034.112 -0.147 0.107 -0.08 0.64 0.21 0.132 0.9 2.181 0.9 3.181 -0.068 -0.186 0.44 0.166 -0.181 -0.196 0.102 -0.5992 0 0 106 .122 0.142 -0.92 0.137 -0.098 0.147 -0.137 0.137 -0.0 3.6 Signal A or V A Latitude North 2805.196 0.84 0.22 0.36 0.063 -0.72 0.117 -0.078 -0.16 0.127 0.151 0.151 -0.117 0.28 1.6 5.181 0.9 1.4 6.083 -0.112 -0.117 -0.1 0.078 -0.76 0.205 0.102 X Axis (g) 0.137 -0.

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Appendix D: Construction Pictures 109 .

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Appendix E: Pro Surf Hydrostatic Curves 111 .

Appendix F: Static Stability Illustrations 112 .

Appendix H: Experiments Setup Thrust Determination Experiment Static Stability Test 113 .

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