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Composite Design for a Foiling Optimist Dinghy †

Department of Industrial and Materials Science, Division of Material and Computational Mechanics, Chalmers University of Technology, 41296 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Presented at the 12th Conference of the International Sports Engineering Association, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, 26–29 March 2018.
Proceedings 2018, 2(6), 252;
Published: 12 February 2018
In April 2017, a foiling Optimist dingy designed entirely by students, was successfully tested under standard sailing conditions in the waters outside Gothenburg. In order to achieve take of wind speeds as low as 6 m/s, a stiff and lightweight design of the dinghy and its foiling components was necessary. There have been few successful attempts to make an Optimist foil in a stable manner, as such there were no standards or recommendations available for the design. Therefore, a simulation driven structural design methodology for hydrofoils, centreboards, centreboard-to-hull connections, and necessary hull reinforcements using sandwich structures was adopted. The proposed design was then manufactured, allowing for a significantly stiffer hull and a 20% decrease in weight over a conventional Optimist. Excluding the rig and sail, the final weight came to 27 kg.
Keywords: carbon fibre reinforced polymer design; Optimist dinghy; foiling carbon fibre reinforced polymer design; Optimist dinghy; foiling
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Oddy, C.; Blomstrand, E.; Johansson, D.; Karlsson, N.; Olofsson, N.; Steen, P.; Fagerström, M.; Asp, L.E.; McVeagh, J.; Brown, M.; Finnsgård, C. Composite Design for a Foiling Optimist Dinghy. Proceedings 2018, 2, 252.

AMA Style

Oddy C, Blomstrand E, Johansson D, Karlsson N, Olofsson N, Steen P, Fagerström M, Asp LE, McVeagh J, Brown M, Finnsgård C. Composite Design for a Foiling Optimist Dinghy. Proceedings. 2018; 2(6):252.

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Oddy, Carolyn, Elias Blomstrand, Daniel Johansson, Niklas Karlsson, Niklas Olofsson, Petra Steen, Martin Fagerström, Leif E. Asp, John McVeagh, Matz Brown, and Christian Finnsgård. 2018. "Composite Design for a Foiling Optimist Dinghy" Proceedings 2, no. 6: 252.

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