U of Sherbrooke & U of Montreal
The Triton project is a joint venture between the school of industrial
design at the l'Université de Montréal and engineering school at
l’université de Sherbrooke. They
even enlisted students from various other departments to obtain sponsorship.
The best way to describe it would be to draw an analogy to the motor
industry and their concept cars. This would be a concept hovercraft.
The skirt is
fully segmented and uses a unique heavy duty velcro attachment to the hull
with a standard cable tie attachment below. The 22-hp Hirth 2-stroke lift engine is located underneath the front
cowling. It belt drives the horizontally mounted 24” lift fan. The 28” thrust fans are driven by a 64-hp 2-stroke Rotax via toothed
belt. These rotate in opposite
direction using a custom built gear box.
The rudders are mounted at an angle to provide a banking moment when in
operation. Steering is very
smooth and is done via cables. One of the most deceiving parts of Triton is the hull
itself. The outer perimeter appears to be an inflatable structure but is,
rather, a fibreglass tube used for the air distribution to the skirt system.
The inner floor is a
multi-celled air filled raft which
provides for buoyancy and a very comfortable floor! Triton's hull measures in at 12’ x 7’ and is designed to carry 2-3
people tandem style.
Length: 13' 6" Width: 7' 6"
Height: 5' Empty Weight: 897 lbs Max Speed
The Triton was designed and constructed by
Département de génie mécanique
2500 boulevard Université
Université de Sherbrooke
École de design industriel
Université de Montréal
5620 avenue Darlington