Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Hatches and Homework

We managed to get over to the shop today and get the hatch rims glued in. We spent some time insulating the storage unit so that the space heaters we bought (and will return soon) won't be so useless. We got the room up in the high 50's at the farthest point from the garage doors which is good enough to epoxy. Note the space heater in the background. We did not get to the crossbeam mounting blocks tonight so that will wait until tomorrow. Chris also picked up a can of primer paint for the amas and hulls this morning which we hope to be using by the end of the day tomorrow with any luck.

We will also be heading over to Great Outdoor Provision Co. sometime tomorrow to pick up some Thermion base layers courtesy of GOPC. In case you had not heard, GOPC is helping us get to the starting line for the Everglades Challenge with all the necessary equipment and then some.

Finally, after getting some boat work done, Mike, Matt and I hit the books. I thought I would let everyone in on the everyday world of an aerospace engineer at NC State University. That's right folks, if you thought that we were building two awesome sailing canoes like it was a full time job (moms and dads) you are mistaken. We are actually secretly learning stuff by day. Tonight's aerodynamics homework was a simple exercise really...

We started off by using a binomial expansion to show that that when dealing with isentropic, one dimensional, subsonic flows, where the mach number is much less than one, you can prove that the stagnation pressure definition reduces to Bernoulli's equation of course.
In between problems, Mike chose to sort his M&M's by color and arrange them in a nifty pattern while I slaved over paper and pencil and nearly lost a finger in a freak interpolation accident. In general, the average aerospace engineering students future is described by an equation that we got a kick out of the other day which reads:

The limit as GPA goes to zero of aerospace engineer from freshmen to infinity approaches business major". Good thing we are not average aerospace engineers.

Work Hard, Play Hard.


dr. jack said...

The amas and outriggers look great.

dr. jack said...

Hulls look great too. Also, I agree with dstgean about sail area. Remember, this race isn't a sprint. Less sail area will make for a more comfortable, easier ride. That will be more important on a 3-5 day trip than an extra half a knot per hour.