A Smoother Ride Over Troubled Waters

Watercraft ride over choppy waters could be smoother.

Researchers at USU's Splash Lab are developing the science that will improve soft-hull watercraft design.

October 9, 2017 | Source: Utah State University, engineering.usu.edu, 10 Aug 2017, Matt Jensen

Boating through choppy waters can be an exciting but physically exhausting experience. Now researchers at Utah State University’s Splash Lab are taking steps toward the design of an inflatable speedboat that absorbs wave energy and provides a smoother ride for passengers.

Their findings demonstrate for the first time the unique differences in water impact behavior of rigid and elastic bodies.