Faculty Advisor

Fofana, Mustapha S

Abstract

The primary objective of this Major Qualifying Project is to design and manufacture a pool side rowing device for the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Crew Team. The poolside rowing device is a mechanism for achieving balance during rowing. Balance with respect to rowing, requires the rower to accelerate the boat without disrupting its natural motion. In fabricating this rowing device, critical issues such as (i) pool constraints, (ii) ergonomic needs, (iii) standard crew scull layout and (iv) inherent boat instability are accounted for. A prototype is developed by using the machine shop facilities in Higgins and Washburn laboratories. The rowing device will provide the WPI Crew Team the opportunity to practice competitive techniques at minimum cost.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2006

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Humanities and Arts

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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