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Amphibious Transport, Then and Now

March 2, 2018, Author: Tru Motor News

Amphibious vehicle cutting through the wavesWith climate change affecting every part of the globe, many businesses are considering saving resources and applying changes that could save expenses. These include vehicles that can travel both on land and in the sea, also known as amphibious vehicles.

Argo’s utility vehicles are made for a variety of purposes: amphibious utility and extreme all-terrain vehicles. These modes of transport are used in different terrains, but very few understand the mechanism of such vehicles.

The Concept of Travelling in Water

Like any vehicle used to travel in water, an amphibious Argo utility vehicle is waterproof, especially those submersible ones. While the early inventions used different flotation devices, newer designs use the idea of modern marine science that would allow the amphibious vehicle to float or submerge like a submarine.

It should have a separate mechanical system – propulsion or water jet engine – that would help the vehicle move when travelling at sea. On land, it cannot simply use ordinary wheels to propel the vehicle. However, some early designs modified the rims and served as paddles or some sort.

Propulsion vs Water Jet

Currently, there are two types of mechanical systems designed for newer versions of amphibious vehicles. First, the electric propulsion system powers the vehicle using engine-driven mechanical propulsion similar to how the wheels operate. Some early designs modified the rim of the wheel to serve as paddles though some integrate additional screw propellers to power the vehicle.

Second, the water jet system, also called a pump or hydro-jet, creates a rearward thrust using water to create propulsion. It creates a spurt of water ejecting it from behind the vehicle causing it to move forward.

The presence of these two elements – floatation or submersion and propulsion or water jet system – gives you a standard amphibious vehicle. All throughout history, people have designed amphibious transportation, but it is only now that it is considered achievable. Are you ready to travel on land to sea?