Dig deep into your automobile engineering skills and bring out a radio-controlled hovercraft (air cushion vehicle) that you would have seen in movies. Be sure about your handling of it on various terrains like sand, gravel and water, for its speed and manoeuvrability will be tested upon. It's a treat for Mechanical Engineering freaks, and for all you know, your vehicle might be taken up for use in the next edition of Dhoom.
26th Feb : 9:30 AM TO 5PM
27th Feb : 9:30am to 5pm
venue-infront of physics department
PRIZE MONEY:- 40,000 INR
All participants need to submit an abstract of their Hover Craft to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
on or before 20th February 2016.
Template of the abstract can be downloaded here
Round 1: Testing
• This round requires the participants to drive their hovercraft on the given track of about 8 metres length.
• The width of the track will be around 1.5m.
• The teams will be given a maximum of one attempt.
Round 2: Manoeuvrability
• This round requires the participants to manoeuvre their hovercrafts through the given track.
• The teams will be given a maximum of two attempts.
• This round is the final round. The top three finalists’ names will be handed over to the Pragyan Events head.
Teams have to aim for the best lap times. The lap time will be calculated as follows:
Lap time = actual time taken to complete the track.
• There will be points for all 3 checkpoints.
• Crossing each check point awards the participants a set number of points The total points are cumulative, that is, if a contestant crosses only up to 2nd checkpoint the total number of points he/she earns is 150 points.
• The use of IC Engines is strictly prohibited. Only DC motors are allowed.
• There is no limit on the weight of the craft.
• Use of ready-made actuators/motors, remote control units, electronic speed controllers and propellers is allowed.
• Teams should bring their own remote controls, and they must operate at 2.4 GHz. Radios with any other frequency are prohibited for use during the event.
• Ready-to-use kits and ready-made building kits are strictly prohibited
- Maximum demensions of the craft should not exceed 50cmX50cmX50cm
1. Any restrictions on weight of the craft?
No restrictions on the weight. However, dimensions mentioned in the rules must be strictly adhered to.
How many people can control the hovercraft?
In a given attempt, only one person can pilot the craft.
3. Will any charging facility be given at the venue?
Charging points will be provided via spike-busters aka surge protectors. LiPo chargers MUST be brought by the participants for the event.
4. Should the model for the first and second round be the same?
To download information regarding HOVERONE click the link below:
This video elucidates the basic principles of a hovercraft.
This video illustrates building a RC hovercraft from scrap materials.
These four videos provide step by step instructions to build, troubleshoot and test a professional RC
hovercraft which is capable of maneuvering in a rough a terrain.
RESOURCES FOR FABRICATION:-
PDFs containing basic necessary details for fabricating your own Hover Craft can be downloaded by clicking on the links below
SUGGESTED LINKS FOR BUYING COMPONENTS:-
Dr. N. Siva Sanmugam
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Design a hovercraft or ACV (air cushion vehicle) that will be tested for speed, manoeuvrability and handling on various terrains like sand, water and gravel. It requires the participant to build a radio controlled hovercraft that could complete the specified track in the least possible time.
For queries, email
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