Ok. So, I have some pretty bizarre ideas for a catamaran
after watching this forum for a few weeks. I have an idea for a set of four wingmasts(two on each hull) that fold down and to the sides, and can pivot to aft, that will act as wings so the vessel can fly. I also want it to dive to 100 ft or more. Or at least be able to sink one hull
at a time, for self-righting purposes.
What should I know, and what are your recommendations, regarding materials for construction? What kind of calculations do I need to know to make the design feasible? Where can I find out the properties of possible materials - stress limits, shear strength, flexibility, memory, etc; etc? How do I figure out how much, and what kind, of stresses are being placed on a given part - so I can address these with the proper materials? What are the calculations for these stresses? Where can I get this info without having to sift through a thousand or so pages of Google
? A single
source, like a textbook or a website would be preferable.
I know the project
is ambitious in the extreme, but don't try to convince me it's impossible. I just want to know how to make it possible.