PowerSwim: A Novel Concept to Enhance Speed and Range of Combat Swimmers. Phase 2
Final rept. 1 Jul 2005-21 Aug 2007
DEKA RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CORP MANCHESTER NH
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The goal of the PowerSwim project is to develop a human-powered swimming device to enhance the speed and range capabilities for todays combat swimmers. To achieve this goal, a human-powered oscillating-foil device has been developed. The device, which utilizes lift-based propulsion instead of the more typical drag-based propulsion associated with swim fins, allows the combat swimmer to travel faster and farther than previously possible. Several devices were built and provided to combat swimmers for field trials. The objectives of the project were met, as the combat swimmers were able to achieve significantly higher swimming speeds at a reduced metabolic cost.
- Human Factors Engineering and Man Machine Systems