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A First-Principles Analysis of Alternative Marine Propulsion Mechanisms

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A first-principles analyses of three alternative mechanisms were conducted: feathered paddlewheels, caterpillar drives, and jellyfish actuators. Equations predicting the thrust generated and power generated by each mechanism were developed and used to compute efficiency. Efficiency comparisons were made to ideal propellers attempting similar tasks with the Kramer diagram. From these results, recommendations were made to theorists and experimentalists hoping to build off the theory developed here.

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  • E-project-042117-083518
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  • 2017
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  • 2017-04-21
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