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Edwin Conan on Car Design News

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 19, 2009 by edwinconan

Yes! My portfolio made it into the “Featured Portfolios” Section on Car Design News website: here.

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Ekranoplan

Posted in Car of The Future Project, Car of The Future Project Research with tags , , , , on May 13, 2009 by edwinconan

Ground effect vehicle – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A ground effect vehicle (GEV) is one that attains level flight near the surface of the Earth, made possible by a cushion of high-pressure air created by the aerodynamic interaction between the wings and the surface known as ground effect. Also known as a wing-in-ground-effect (WIG) vehicle, flarecraft, sea skimmer, ekranoplan, or wing-in-surface-effect ship (WISE), a GEV can be seen as a transition between a hovercraft and an aircraft. The International Maritime Organization, (IMO), has classified the GEV as a ship.[1] A GEV differs from an aircraft in that it cannot operate without ground effect, so its operating height is limited relative to its wingspan.

In recent years a large number of different GEV types have evolved for both civilian and military use. However, these craft are not in wide use as yet.

An ekranoplan (Russian: экранопла́н, French: ecran screen + plan plane ) is a vehicle resembling an aircraft but which operates solely on the principle of ground effect (in Russian эффект экрана effekt ekrana – from which the name derived). Ground effect vehicles fly above any flat surface, with the height above ground dependent upon the size of the vehicle. Ekranoplan design was conceived by revolutionary Soviet engineer Rostislav Alexeev.Advantages and Disadvantages

A ground effect craft may have better fuel efficiency than an equivalent aircraft flying at low level due to the close proximity of the ground reducing lift-induced drag. There are also safety benefits in flying close to the water as an engine failure will not result in severe ditching. However, this particular configuration is difficult to fly even with computer assistance. Flying at very low altitudes, just above the sea, may be dangerous if the craft banks too far to one side while making a small radius turn.

A take-off must be into the wind, which in the case of a water launch, means into the waves. This creates drag and reduces lift. Two main solutions to this problem have been implemented. The first was used by the Russian Ekranoplan program which placed engines in front of the wings to provide more lift. The Caspian Sea Monster had eight such engines, some of which were not used once the craft was airborne. A second, more elegant approach, is to use some form of an air-cushion to raise the vehicle most of the way out of the water, making take-off easier. This is used by German Hanno Fischer in the Hoverwing (successor of the Airfisch ground effect craft), which uses some of the air from the engines to inflate a skirt under craft in the style of a sidewall hovercraft.

Fashion on Wheels

Posted in Car of The Future Project, Car of The Future Project Research with tags , , , , , , , on May 12, 2009 by edwinconan

F for Fashion, Fashion on Wheels « Edwin Conan

Ka-twalk Dress From Streetka Parts

Many people choose cars base on the shape of the cars. In other words, they buy the car because it looks good. Just like people buy the clothes because they are beautiful. Fashion designers design dresses, hats, trousers, t-shirts, skirts, coats for the body. The design of car bodywork and interior can be regarded as another kind of fashion design and the designer are thought to be the fashion designer of cars. The cars are dressed up by them. Car design has its own fashion, I call it the fashion on wheels.

GM to Unveil 2-Seater, 2-Wheeled Urban Electric Prototype in New York

Posted in Car of The Future Project, Car of The Future Project Research with tags , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2009 by edwinconan

GM to Unveil 2-Seater, 2-Wheeled Urban Electric Prototype in New York – Worldcarfans

The way GM and Segway explain it, partners in this project, it’s a two-seater, two-wheel electric vehicle that moves people around an urban space “quickly, safely, quietly and cleanly.” As if there’s something wrong with noisy, polluting over-sized cars.

They call it Project P.U.M.A., which stands for Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility, and the vehicle has a range of 35 miles (56 km), can carry two or more passengers, depending on future seat configurations, and moves at a top speed of 35 mph (56 km/h). The Project P.U.M.A. will debut at the New York auto show tomorrow; definitely a perfect locale to showcase a vehicle made for dense urban environments.

There’s something called Dynamic Stabilization on the PUMA because, you know, the thing has to run on only two wheels, and a Smart Battery management system for the lithium-ion power pack. Yes, the technology is there but what’s the horsepower rating on this thing?

Design students all around the world have been forever making concept vehicles in their schools which look exactly like this with 2 wheels and travel in urban area. It seems that GM has finally listened and realized the potential of those concepts and decided to have a go themselves. Well, it’s a start.

Edwin’s 4th Year Project Research Plan

Posted in Car of The Future Project, Car of The Future Project Research with tags , , , , , , on April 7, 2009 by edwinconan

Edwin’s 4th Year Project Research Plan

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Edwin’s 4th Year Project Chart

Posted in Car of The Future Project, Car of The Future Project Research with tags , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2009 by edwinconan

Edwin’s 4th Year Project Chart

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Edwin’s 4th Year Design Process

Posted in Car of The Future Project, Car of The Future Project Research with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2009 by edwinconan

Edwin’s 4th Year Design Process

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