Anti-Ventilation Plate Optimization: A collaboration between Chalmers University of Technology, Pennsylvania State University, and Volvo Penta
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|Type: ||Examensarbete på kandidatnivå|
|Title: ||Anti-Ventilation Plate Optimization: A collaboration between Chalmers University of Technology, Pennsylvania State University, and Volvo Penta|
|Authors: ||Nilsson, Emil|
|Abstract: ||With the increasing electri cation within the boating industry, problems associated with
low energy-dense batteries arise. With the desire to increase mileage while reducing battery
size, the need to save energy is larger than ever before. This has led to an extensive
demand of minimizing the overall resistance of each part used within a boat's schematic;
in this case, a sterndrive powered by an electric outboard motor. This project investigatd
ways to optimize hydrodynamic performance of the anti-ventilation plate, which prevents
surface air from being drawn into the system's propeller.
The objective of this project was to generate and analyze a number of innovative antiventilation
plate (AVP) design concepts through objective engineering practices which
would supply Volvo with data and ideas for further considerations on future development.
This project required a thorough understanding on outboard engine anatomies, boat
design, hydrodynamic understanding of planing hulls, and computational
This knowledge was attributed to the team's independent research and close contact with
industry experts and supervisors.
The study further considered the identi cation of customer needs and the idea generation
process; where these processes were supplemented by the team's initial research, ultimately
allowing them to generate a multitude of unique features and concepts. Pugh-matrices
were used to score the generated features against the proposed customer needs, where the
leading features were then combined into feasible concepts. These combinations were then
screened, utilizing another Pugh-matrix, where the lowest scoring concepts were eliminated.
This was done to reduce the abundance of concepts down to a more manageable amount in
order to analyze and develop further. For these concepts, they were then attached to the
provided hull and sterndrive and simulations were carried out at speeds 10 and 12.5 m=s.
The results showed that the team's leading concept was concept H, which was an AVP
with a variable sweep system that had an airfoil cross-section. This concept performed
best in terms of the most important metrics, total resistive forces and a trim angle near the
determined optimum. However, concepts utilizing other features performed well regarding
other metrics, and the conclusion is that for further development, combinations of these
features should be analyzed at a variety of different conditions.|
|Issue Date: ||2021|
|Publisher: ||Chalmers tekniska högskola / Institutionen för industri- och materialvetenskap|
|Collection:||Examensarbeten för kandidatexamen // Bachelor Theses (IMS)|
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