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Mechanical Engineering Group Design Projects
UCL Mechanical Engineering


UCL Racing HydroContest Team 2018

The UCL Racing HydroContest team

The UCL Racing HydroContest team

Team Members:

  • Anton Romare
  • Fergus Stewart
  • Frederick Panks
  • George Lundy
  • Joanna Tomlin
  • Marcus Wilcock
  • Ratik Mahajan
  • Wafa Elahi
  • Yi Zhong


Professor Giles Thomas

The Project

Have a look at the poster for the project

The ‘HydroContest’ is a competition centred around naval energy efficiency and boasts university competitors from across the globe. Teams design, manufacture and pilot a maximum of two Remote-Controlled (RC) boats through several specified categories, with the overall purpose of achieving the competitions’ goal to ‘Carry more, faster, using less energy’.

The Design

This year, the team developed a mono-hull Lightweight racing vessel from ‘scratch’, using Maxsurf to create a planing design with approximately 30 % lower resistance than 2017’s catamaran; achieving top speeds of 5.5 ms-1 (11 knots)

The decision was taken to ‘repair & upgrade’ 2017’s Heavyweight trimaran, improving top-plates, deck-plates, the cross-structure, Hull Vane® development and implementation of the control system. This led to a resistance reduction of 19 % and drastically improved the overall performance of the vessel.

UCL Racing HydroContest on the web

Team website

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