Update

A few updates from SUBC:

First of all, we will be setting up a booth at the Engineering Open House this Saturday from 9:00 – 4:00 in the Kaiser Atrium. There will be other student teams present, as well as professors and students from all branches of engineering, and of course, a barbecue. So, come on out and take a look around. More information is available in volume 3, issue 11 of the e-nEUS.

As for our progress on the hull mold, we have had promising results from our materials compatibility tests. For one, we know are confident that the epoxy won’t melt the foam used for the plug. As well, we determined that the wax we hope to use as release wax seems to work quite well and, aAs it is easier to apply, it should help speed up the mold making process.

Remember, the open house is TOMORROW from 9:00 – 4:00 in Kaiser. We look forward to seeing you there!

Creation of Hull mold

Hey there, I thought I’d give a little update on what we are currently working on at SUBC. For the past little while we’ve been working on fairing the hull shaped plug we are using to make the mold. However, this being complete, we are now ready to move on to epoxying the surface of the plug, then on to making the actual mold!

Before we do this, we decided it would be best to do a series of tests to verify compatibility of materials. Such tests included, testing if epoxy resin and fiberglass chopped strand mat is readily separable from our release wax, and if the epoxy resin will have any negative reactions with the hull plug itself.

Initial results appear promising (i.e. nothing caught fire or dissolved), however some will need to wait at least a day before we’ll have the results we are looking for. After that we should have the information we need to continue with mold construction and we will, hopefully, have a completed mold by early December.