FARO aids jet hydroplane project with speed & accuracy

October 30, 2017

A jet hydroplane can be described as a pure thrust gas turbine or rocket powered boat, with a hull designed in such a way that when high speeds are achieved, the craft only has a few square inches of its surface in contact with the water surface, which in turn reduces hydrodynamic drag to a minimum.

The Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) sets rules on Water speed records, including guidelines for driver cockpits to comply with. The designers of the craft require a non-uniform rational basis spline (NURBS) mathematical model of the driver cockpit to enable investigations for structural integrity to be undertaken. 

In this case study, you will see how the FARO® ScanArm was leveraged to scan the drivers tub and both quickly and precisely capture the required data for conversion into a NURBS format for this Longbow project attempt to break water speed records.

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