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Hydrofoiling Europe-Dinghy

Posted: Fri Dec 06, 2019 2:31 pm
by fishwics
Hydrofoiling Europe-Dinghy by Urde, Jesper and Karlsson, Simon

An interesting paper by two students at Lund University, Sweden. Includes details of the foils used.
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The aim of this master thesis was to develop and build a prototype of separate hydrofoils compatible with a Europe-dinghy (A common, single sail, one-person dinghy), to be used as a proof of concept. This was to be done without causing any permanent changes to the dinghy’s hull. The consulting firm Essiq AB supported the project.
Extensive benchmarking of existing foiling dinghies, already on the market, was carried out. Based on this, concepts of different configurations of a hydrofoiling Europe-dinghy were generated. After choosing the most promising concept, it was further refined. Simulations in computational fluid dynamics (CFD), and theoretical calculations were completed to optimize the final design.
A prototype of the final design was built and tested. The test proved positive, with successful foiling during shorter periods of time. Nevertheless, the prototype will need some further refinements in order to reach its full potential.
The conclusion drawn was that this was a successful proof of concept, and that attaching separate hydrofoils to a Europe-dinghy is therefore a viable option.

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