Design Team 9 - Fish Tail Design Analysis, Redesign and Testing The
Aquatron is a world class water tank facility at Dalhousie University.
The Aquatron has a number of tanks available for science and
engineering testing, as well as a team of experts to solve science and
engineering problems. The Halifax Mermaids are an entertainment group
based in Nova Scotia and Los Angeles, California that use their fins in
their show that are required to both be efficient for agility and
maneuverability as well as lifelike enough that they soften and
'collapse' like a real fish fish when they are out of the water. Up to
date, these tails have been primarily design based off aesthetic
desires, and the goal of this project is to improve the maneuverability
and comfort of these tails, while still maintaining the aesthetic
This project will entail design analysis,
investigating dynamic ballasting systems, investigate materials, and
validate existing design decisions and test alternative modificatoins
to the exisisting deisgn. Critical measurements of force, stress, human
body output and in-water maneuverability will all influemnce design
Meet the Team!Meet Alex Butler!
reigns from Moncton, NB. Alex is in his 5th year at Dalhousie as apart
of the Mechanical Engineering Co-op Program. Alex is a true man of the
outdoors. He loves to jam out whether it be on drums, bongos or guitar.
With his current facial hair, his nickname has become Poseidon! If you
scroll to the bottom of this webpage you'll see why...Alex also enjoys
a nice comfy couch on which to nap on!
Keep doing you Alex!
Meet Joshua Kennedy!
hails from Wallace, NS! I know, I've never heard of it either! Joshua
completed his first two years of his 4 year Mechanical Engineering
degree at the Dal AC campus where he thrived as a member of the
basketball team. Joshua's favourite sports franchise is the Golden
State Warriors! And he's lucky enough to have seen them live. Josh also
enjoys long barefoot walks on the rocky beaches of Nova Scotia!
Keep it up Josh!
Meet Steven MacQuarrie!
is from beautiful Truro! Steve completed his first two years of his 5
year Mechanical Engineering Co-op Degree at the Dal AC campus where he
also blossomed on the basketball team. Steve, seen here shredding on the
guitar, also loves badminton! When he finally takes a break from
getting A's across the board, he enjoys watching a basketball game and
catching a Ryan Gosling flick!
You go Steve!
Meet John Traboulsi!
comes from beautiful Calgary, Alberta! John is in his 5th year of his
Mechanical Engineering Co-op Degree, where he played 4 years as a
member of the Dalhousie Men's Varsity Basketball Team, who won an AUS
Championship in 2015. John also loves to rock out on guitar and drums,
as well as listen to classic Vinyl Records. When he's not spending all
his co-po earnings on flights back home, he enjoys throwing a frisbee
against the wind so he can play catch with himself!
What a guy!
Continue below to catch a glimpse of Poseidon himself...!