Faculty Advisor

Michalson, William R.

Faculty Advisor

Onal, Cagdas Denizel

Abstract

While modern electronics technology has facilitated the development of small, low-power Unmanned Surface Vessels, common propeller-driven marine propulsion systems are not optimized for such crafts. The goal of the Electrodynamic Water Arc Propulsion (EWAP) project is to develop a solid-state water arc explosion propulsion engine and implement it on a USV. When a high voltage arc is struck through water it has an explosive effect, causing a high pressure, and expelling the water from its chamber. In order to apply this phenomenon to marine propulsion, the EWAP team developed several explosion chambers, and evaluated each design through comprehensive analyses. The team’s research culminated in the development of the final EWAP USV, called the Water-Arc Explosion Vessel – I, or WAEV-I.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2015

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Major

Computer Science

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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