Foscat-32 Folding Solar Catamaran by Hakan Gürsu

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Foscat-32

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Folding Solar Catamaran

INSPIRATION:
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UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Hybrid marine technological improvement is one of the best systems that compromise between sun and wind powers by reducing CO2 almost to zero during sailing. The system also contributes to renewable energy by using sailing, as well as, solar power and wind energy in seaworthy manners. Future Transportation is a fascinating compilation of material and energy which explores and defines the way the future is imagined in the present and tries to answer that ever more pressing question of how we move forward. The FOSCAT (folding solar catamaran) is designed at very highest calibre which provides high exhilaration performance and unashamedly fast sailing solutions. The FOSCAT is a new alternative concept cat sail-vessel that consumes no fuel with high energy efficiency. Instead, she uses alternative energies and one of a new alternative symbol of raising awareness about sustainable use of resources on the sea. Sailing should be a recreational activity that has no adverse effect on the environment. By drawing an attention to its dual eco-powered and non-polluting attributes, the FOSCAT increases users’ awareness of environmental problems. She is a new generation cat-boat which encourages increased environmental responsibility that is due to the fact of its secure, stable, eco-friendly and outstanding design capabilities. The unique hull shape of the FOSCAT makes light work of big waves even smoother and smaller. Hence, the FOSCAT is able to put many larger cats in the shade. The hulls incorporate skegs rather than dagger boards, which beaches the cat in safer and simpler waves. In addition, the lightweight folding hulls are easy to handle ashore and require virtually no maintenance. The FOSCAT is one of the first folding cats which can easily be folded on docks and on any sand shore. She can easily reduce the wind profile during docking and well landing the hulls can be easily retracted with folding rudders and mast.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
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PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
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FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Vehicle, Mobility and Transportation Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Technologically innovative materials and new construction techniques were used to minimize weight and hydrodynamic resistance whilst maximizing performance and durability. These technical requirements were to be incorporated into a new form that allowed freedom of all dynamic parts whilst providing visual appeal and overall quality into a non-stop circumnavigating. She can handle any weather conditions within high capability of sailing flexibility. The hulls are constructed on an effective legendry fiber moulding technique which is one of the long lasting solution for its kind. This technique not only gives an incredible flexibility and resilent, but also provides a dynamic stabilitiy. The hull shell is made from a composite of double layer carbon fiber and epoxy resin. In addition, the hull body is laminated as a carbon-foam core that is to create a carbon symmetric sandwich panel. This method creates a lightweight, stiff and highly durable composite body structure and it is well suited to the required organic forms. The body is finished with an epoxy primer coat. Additionally, she provides ultra-violet resistant coating above the water line. The dual-face of moving solid sail harness combines the two of the most abundant sources of energy in nature: solar and wind power. The use of wind power makes it possible to sail uninterrupted throughout the day and night. Double layer solar cell panels –which can be defined as high performance flexible photo-voltaic panels are placed on both sides of the main sail. The solar cell panels charge the small batteries to power the electric motors (DC 2 x 4 HP) and drive the tubular side propellers. The motors on both sides of the boat are placed in such a way that navigation performance is maximized. The vessel can easily be “u-turned” by using the two DC motors with backward and forward action so as to turn around a point.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
32’ length & 52’ hight 95 m2-double layer solar panel that sails on the main mast which harnest two DC electrical engines that are placed in the hull

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RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
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CHALLENGE:
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ADDED DATE:
2010-11-30 03:05:47

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Hakan Gürsu, 2010.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Designnobis

PROFILE:
Designnobis gathered as a team during the university. The leadership of Dr. Hakan Gürsu and the participation of his students from different eras and levels created the amateur spirit of Designnobis. Designnobis Ltd. officially founded in the summer of 2006 serves as a research and development company in product design, genuine architectural and visualization services. We present an enormous success in both domestic and international arena since that time. We keep on reaching our targets and further goals with an increasing acceleration. All we know is company’s success comes first. Most of our designs are serious supporters of functional and user friendly design. During the time we got these design concepts a little bit further and began to design functional, user friendly and representative products in terms of emotion. We tried not to make them figurative but evoke something in people’s minds whom they should identify the design with something in their life. We believe that, the success of a design depends on how you can handle the hidden ties between the product and user, like design and emotion. The most of our company’s products depend on this philosophy.For more info: www.designnobis.com

NOMINATION DETAILS

Foscat-32 Folding Solar Catamaran by Hakan Gürsu is a Nominee in Vehicle, Mobility and Transportation Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Foscat-32 Folding Solar Catamaran by Hakan Gürsu is Winner in Vehicle, Mobility and Transportation Design Category, 2010 - 2011.



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