Project: Human Powered Submarine --
One of the most interesting parts of engineering is the interface between the human and the machine. This is particularly true, when the power of the human is used to operate the machine. Take an athletic challenge, add a complex machine and then put on scuba gear, and the result is a challenge for the athlete, the engineer and the scuba diver.
Success in the 2009 Human Powered Submarine competition for UMaine required a trained, prepped and competent driver. This team will focus on training, preparing and testing the operator(s) for the 2010 machine competition in England. The motion of the human powered submarine ins a stair stepping motion, so training of specific muscles will be part of the game. The team will work with biomechanics an scuba divers to develop training and to replicate the motion of the operator. Then, using a series of tests will prepare to operate the submarine.
1. Compile list of regulations, and protocols which must be =followed for preparing the divers for the competition.
2. Propose a training scheme, justify the scheme based on literature for training and the length of the competition
3. Prepare a scuba certified and race ready team
4. Demonstration of operational of submarine on land
5. Demonstration of submarine in water
# Project Team Selection Complete: September 4, 2008
# First Revised Milestones Submitted: September 11, 2008
# Design Notebook Initial sign-off: September 16, 2008
# Plan and schedule for scuba certification and scientific diver certification: September 18, 2008
# Test of manual controls in towed configuration: October 7, 2008
# First web page goes live with introductory page and menu on left. Page must include resumes, individual photos and milestones: October 14, 2008, 2 pm.
# Test of automatic controls in towed configuration showing adaptability to inputs
# Milestone review: November 4th , 2008
# Diver in water in sub November 11th, 2008
# Draft Midterm Report: December 9th , 2008
# Midterm Report due as a PDF posted as a completed web page: December 18th, 11:30 am
# Demonstration of the maneuvering of a the submarine in the pool, with a constant depth
# Lab Cleanup & Infrastructure Project Completed: Maine Day, April 29, 2009
# Open House -- Review of Projects, April 30, 2009, Afternoon
# Final Web Page submitted, for review during final exam period: Monday May 6th, 2009 Noon,
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