Journal article Open Access
Debashis Majumder; Anirban Chowdhury
An amphibious vehicle is the vehicle that allows occupants to travel on both land and water. Since an amphibious vehicle must inherently possess both land and water capabilities, design of the vehicle should not compromise the requirements for a good boat as well as a good land vehicle. Although, amphibious vehicles were used for different purposes, still there is no mention of application of amphibious vehicle in recreational purposes such as beach riding, surfing on water and travel within Science Parks. Further, with depletion of fossil fuel and for all the negative effect on marine life. Hence, an attempt is made to design an electric amphibious vehicle for recreational purpose and utilize for travel within Science & Technology Park. A conceptual design was worked out and it is matched with visual aspects of amphibian animal like duck. A CAD model was prepared with structural details. Structural strength was analyzed using ANSYS software. CFD analysis was conducted for calculating drag and surface shear stress and buoyancy was calculated. Thus it gives a practical approach to construction of an amphibious vehicle for recreational purpose. The results of the CAD analysis shows that the stress on the Frame was within acceptable limit and the buoyancy conditions are fulfilled. It also suggest for a maximum speed of 40kmph on water. As look and feel of the vehicle inspired from duck beak, it gives expression of amphibian characteristics along with sporty look. Thus, the conceptual vehicle is suitable for use on land and on water inside Science & Technology park.
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