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Empirical Method to Predict the Performance of Human Powered Mono Hull Boats

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An empirical method to predict the performance of a human powered mono hull boat is presented in this paper. Results from the experiments were plotted in a graph format suitable for easy use to predict the performance of the boat under various operational conditions. Example cases were used to illustrate how the graphs are used. It was deduced from the graphs that it is possible to use human powered monohull boats to cover a distance as much as 81km in less than 12 hours in sheltered waterways or rivers with minimal number of passing power boats. The results of the study also revealed that it is also possible for human powered boat user to travel a distance longer than 200km when pedalling with input power less than 50watt. The study shows that there is high potential in the use of human powered mono hull boats for useful and sustainable transport purpose, especially in developing countries. The experimental method used in this study, proved that without conducting expensive resistance test in model basins, the performance of a human powered mono hull boat could be adequately predicted.


International Journal of Engineering and Technologies (Volume 8)
O. P. Garrick et al., "Empirical Method to Predict the Performance of Human Powered Mono Hull Boats", International Journal of Engineering and Technologies, Vol. 8, pp. 83-93, 2016
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