A device that self rights a kayak was developed and tested. This device consists of a buoyancy chamber that is mounted on the kayak surface, creating a shield like shape behind the sitting kayaker. This device increases the critical tip over angle, therefore, creating a more stable position. Once a kayak tips over, the device generates additional righting moment to assist the self righting process. The device is constructed of Styrofoam in a reinforced shell. The device is mountable on a variety of sea kayak designs, shapes, and materials using Velcro. The Velcro is attached to the kayak and the device using adhesives. The device is given a colorful appearance using colorful water based spray paint. The device is designed for easy manufacturing, as well as low production cost. It will be able to compete with other kayak safety features in the market.
self-righting kayak device, kayak safety
Northeastern University, Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Segurini, Giulio; Tseng, Weiche; Hosang, Damian; Rahadi, Marchella; and Alyousuf, Abdulaziz, "Design of a Self-Righting Kayak" (2007). Capstone Design Program: Mechanical Engineering. Paper 39. http://hdl.handle.net/2047/d10010671
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