Equipment

  • Zodiac Boats

      Zodiac Boats
    • The CHTTC owns two Zodiac watercraft Pro 650 models comprised of a fiberglass hull, and top portion consisting of a U shaped tube made of high strength laminated rubber. The U shaped tube has 5 individual chambers allowing the boat to stay afloat if up to 2 of the chambers are punctured. The Zodiacs are 21' long, and with a width of 8'. Each is powered by a 150 hp, Yamaha outboard motor. The boats are capable of carrying 13 adult passengers, or 975kg. Both are equipped with sonar, and GPS systems.

  • Blue Pontoon

      Blue Pontoon
    • The CHTTC owns a blue pontoon equipped with 3 electric winches. Non-slip grating covers the entire pontoon and a removable section of flooring in the center of the pontoon allows for access to water and equipment deployment. Removable aluminum handrails allow for customization of the workspace and provide safety. A 50 hp Yamaha outboard motor powers the blue pontoon.

  • Aluminum Pontoon

      Aluminum Pontoon
    • The CHTTC owns an aluminum pontoon boat equipped with an A-frame and several winches. The opening in the canter of the pontoon provides access to water from deck. This pontoon is capable of carrying loads up to 4.5 tons wet weights. Three manual winches, two at the bow section and one on the top of the opening, can handle 5 tons loads each. A 115 hp engine with a low pitch propeller delivers enough high-end torque to carry large weights.

  • Universal Mount

      Universal Mount
    • The CHTTC has multiple flow measurement instruments. Each of the measurement instruments have different geometries and require different levels of support during measurement. However, the goal is to be able to take any of these instruments and perform flow characterization in any body of water, with almost any boat. Many small communities do not have sophisticated watercraft available, and instead have simple fishing boats. To remove these concerns, researchers at the CHTTC have developed a mechanical device which allows for the mounting of any of our research instruments to almost any watercraft. This allows for flow characterization with any instrument, on any watercraft, in any body of water.

  • Water Tunnel

      Water Tunnel
    • A recirculating water tunnel facility located at the University of Manitoba is used to perform the validation experiments. The tunnel has a vertical flow loop configuration with a single stage axial propeller pump to circulate the water and the pump is driven by a variable speed induction motor to control the flow rate of the tunnel. A 61 cm wide by 183 cm long test section allows for a maximum flow rate of 362 L/s at the maximum water tunnel height of 60 cm. For the full water height, a maximum velocity of 1.1 m/s can be achieved within the test section.

  • Scale Model Horizontal Axis Hydrokinetic Turbine

    • The CHTTC owns a 19.8 cm diameter scale horizontal axis hydrokinetic turbine. The model turbine consists of a rotor blade attached shaft coupled to a vertical shaft by a right angle 1:1 bevel gearbox. The turbine is supported by flat bars in a V-shape to increase the stability and eliminate vibrations when operating in high flow velocities or at high shaft speeds. The turbine shaft and flat bars are attached to a baseplate to secure the instrumentation. Above the baseplate a transducer, which measures torque and rotational speed, is attached to the turbine shaft on one end and on the opposite end to the shaft of a DC motor.

  • Scale Model Vertical Axis HydroKinetic Turbine

    • The CHTTC owns a small-scale, 30 cm diameter, squirrel-cage vertical turbine designed, manufactured and equipped with a torque and position sensors. The adjustable design of the scale turbine enables operations with different solidities, 0.33 and 0.67, and preset pitch angles, 0°, ±2.5°, ±5° and ±10°. The blades, NACA-0021, are straight with no twist and taper, 30 cm in span and 5 cm in chord length. The supporting structure consists of two parts: a frame and two shafts. A cubic frame holds the turbine in the water tunnel. The bottom shaft connects the turbine to the frame, supporting the axial and radial forces resulting from the drag force and the weight of the turbine.