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Bow thruster / Main thruster
« on: January 06, 2017, 05:26:14 PM »

After several hours on AutoCad and several more 3D modelling, a few quid spent at Shapeways mh parts for my thruster have arrived. It is purely proof of concept at the moment and am not going to get into rights and wrongs etc etc, i would lkke just to share my idea with the Mayhem collective. If it works, great, i shall sell it and make my fortune and retire to the sunny Canary islands if it fails, so what, i had a go.
Right, it has a little 2212 1000kv brushless outrunner motor at the heart of it, took original shaft out and fitted a longer one to accept 2 props.
The motor is mounted in a split case, sealed and then fittdd into the pump case, in theory the area of the inlet is the same as the body so there should be no loss or increase in pressure/flow.
30mm inlet, 2 29mm dia thruster props from Raboesch, length as it is 120mm, a bit long but as its proof of concept we need not worry too much about this at the moment.
Have got a bit of work to do first getting the motor to fit in casing, nothing major and can be tweaked in AutoCad for next version!!!!
So i shall start in earnest and post next stage when props come from Germany.
Any thoughts or ideas please feel free to indulge me.


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Re: Bow thruster / Main thruster
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2017, 05:51:57 PM »

Stewart - Wow - this looks amazing.

Will be very interested in following your progress with this.

One goal of mine for 2017 is to dabble/get into 3D printing even if it's using an external service like Shapeways.

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Re: Bow thruster / Main thruster
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2017, 07:29:13 PM »

looks great . What sort of size is it




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Re: Bow thruster / Main thruster
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2017, 07:51:11 PM »

As it stands at the moment, 120mm long 50mm wide and 55mm high, inlet is 30mm dia. This will be reduced in the future if all goes well.
Main concerns at this moment are flex of motor shaft with those 29mm dia brass props, may have to go to plastic?
Durability of motor if water ingress into motor chamber (i know brushless can run submèrged).
Durability of 3D printed material (strong and flexible from shapeways),  how long it can stand flow and pressure of water, different from just sitting in it?
As i say, early days and mainly proof of concept, but thanks for showing an interest in my little project.

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Re: Bow thruster / Main thruster
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2017, 08:06:16 PM »

It great to see some one trying new ides .


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Re: Bow thruster / Main thruster
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2017, 03:21:02 PM »

First job is to make sure the motor fits in the housing, a bit on the tight side so some slight fetting to one of the faces to give slight clearance so the can of the motor rotates freely, then some very careful fettling on the cable ducting. 2 x 3mm cap heads hold the motor to the housing and 6 tiny self tappers to squeeze it all together. Some grease will need applying around the shafts and bearings then a thin smear of silicone sealant to seal it off. Cant do owt now until seals arrive on Monday from Germany.
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Re: Bow thruster / Main thruster
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2017, 10:45:16 PM »


  Hi stew.  looks a great project, are you purchasing the two props the same side ( 2x left or 2x right ) ?

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Re: Bow thruster / Main thruster
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2017, 10:55:02 PM »

They are off the twin prop Raboesch unit. They do a 5 bladed prop as well.
These types of props are just a skewed blade so can run both directions with no change in performance.
Raboesch catalague worth downloading,  got some serious brasswork for sale!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Bow thruster / Main thruster
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2017, 10:59:44 PM »


 Hi Stew. Was just a mention because if they were handed props they would work against one another.

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Re: Bow thruster / Main thruster
« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2017, 03:15:28 AM »

Ok I have built my thruster unit, had a bit of a hiccup as the prop bore is 4mm but the motor shaft is 1/8".........had to do a bit of machining to sort out.
Pictures should tell the story.
All thats left to do is power it up and see how it performs, should get that done at weekend.


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Re: Bow thruster / Main thruster
« Reply #10 on: January 13, 2017, 07:23:20 AM »

That is fantastic 👍 It looks like something very expensive that's been shop bought. Lovely job Stew and great lateral think with the motor too
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Re: Bow thruster / Main thruster
« Reply #11 on: January 13, 2017, 07:38:31 AM »

Thanks Mark, the idea has been bouncing about for a while now after seeing the Dutch and German master builders make their own thrusters but have always hated the noise of the gear drives, so came up with this idea. It may work, it may not, obviously i am hoping it will because i can see potential in the market for this, not just as a bow/stern thruster but maybe for subs, springers and other craft. Will have to see how trials go first...........👍
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Re: Bow thruster / Main thruster
« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2017, 06:27:23 PM »

Now that IS nice.  :-))

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Re: Bow thruster / Main thruster
« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2017, 08:20:23 PM »

Agreed! ..."but will it blend?"  {-)


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Re: Bow thruster / Main thruster
« Reply #14 on: January 15, 2017, 08:06:55 PM »

Ok, got everthing together and made a dummy hull out of a washing up bowl, glued to 30mm stub pipes in and fitted thruster inbetween with some flexi pipe as joints, filled sink up and plopped it in with 2 SLA batteries to act as ballast. Sat for half an hour and no leaks, a good start. So connected electrics up and away it went, fair bit of thrust from it so just transferring it for a bath tub test, will try and get a video of it but difficult as there is just me here at the moment.
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Re: Bow thruster / Main thruster
« Reply #15 on: January 15, 2017, 08:39:11 PM »

Not bad for first go even if I say so myself.......and yes it does shred!!!!!!!!
It did tend to cavitate slightly when it was against the side of the bath but this was due to it tipping slightly allowing the inlet to rise up and with the force it goes was sucking air in. This will push anything and am pleased with the outcome. I have another motor on the way as want to make a few adjustments here and there but all in all very happy with it.
Any one want to buy one?
Sorry about poor quality of the video but think you can see how well it runs.


https://youtu.be/GuP78muwnII


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Re: Bow thruster / Main thruster
« Reply #16 on: January 15, 2017, 09:42:43 PM »

Hi
That looks good . Looks like it has some power


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Re: Bow thruster / Main thruster
« Reply #17 on: January 15, 2017, 10:52:47 PM »

Very impressive performance.
I didn't expect quite that much thrust.

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Re: Bow thruster / Main thruster
« Reply #18 on: January 15, 2017, 11:04:43 PM »

The motor is 1000Kv and on 12v so a bit spritely. New motor is down to 800Kv and may run it on 7.2v.
But it certainly does have plenty of thrust, more than my baths spa nozzles!!!!!!!!!
I did find a few places water had seeped through so going to have a rethink on the casing design but nothing major.
Thanks for the comments
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Re: Bow thruster / Main thruster
« Reply #19 on: January 16, 2017, 02:10:27 AM »

Perhaps you can create a slot for some "O" rings at the shafts.

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Re: Bow thruster / Main thruster
« Reply #20 on: January 16, 2017, 01:34:35 PM »

Well it does look like water is ingressing past the G rings, think the problem is because the casing is in 2 halves the alignment of the shaft to the bore and therefore the G ring is out very slightly. Looks like I need to design some form of canister/tube that the motor can be seated and aligned accurately along its axis. Also there may be some flexing in the shaft, at 1/8" and flying around at 12000 rpm I dont blame it. So, new motor at lower Kv and bigger shaft, smaller battery 7.2v, cannister design for motor housing, 'O' rings for shaft seals plus 2 outer bearings in housing to take out any flexing.
Should keep me busy for a few days!!!!


Thanks so far guys


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Re: Bow thruster / Main thruster
« Reply #21 on: January 16, 2017, 05:02:00 PM »

now that you will be using 4mm shafts, use these instead of o-rings on the shaft seals:

http://www.engel-modellbau.eu/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=37_256&products_id=539
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Re: Bow thruster / Main thruster
« Reply #22 on: January 16, 2017, 10:36:53 PM »

now that you will be using 4mm shafts, use these instead of o-rings on the shaft seals:

http://www.engel-modellbau.eu/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=37_256&products_id=539

They look very similar to the 'Valve stem oil seals' used in the motor trade.  :-)
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Re: Bow thruster / Main thruster
« Reply #23 on: January 16, 2017, 10:59:48 PM »

It is the one I am going to use.
Always known these as lip seals. The spring is the key to these, keeping uniform pressure on the shaft.
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Re: Bow thruster / Main thruster
« Reply #24 on: February 15, 2017, 08:31:30 PM »

Very nice work. All credit to you for giving it a shot and getting something that works.
Nice job.


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