Published: August 12, 2018
favorite0 forum0 poll229
By: Andrew Emmert, Cal Poly Pomona
Before transferring to a four year university, I was involved in a design competition with my junior college's physics and engineering club. Over the course of a year, we constructed the solar boat seen above from scratch. The hulls were made from fiberglass, shaped over molds made from a donated supply of high-density polyethylene foam. The frame was welded together from locally purchased mild steel stock, with a steering system built out of used bicycle components.
I acted as the primary computer modeler for the design team, assisting where needed with fabricating the hulls of the boat, including the foam molds used for shaping the pontoons.