Arc-Liberation of Intermolecular Bond Energy for Marine PropulsionPublic
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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.
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