Three Carolinian mechanical engineering graduates have invented an amphibious trisikad, a three-wheeled transport vehicle that could be functional in both land and water, making it the first amphibious human-powered transportation of its kind. The trisikad was a thesis project, one of the requirements for graduation.
Jesse Pastor Magno, Hembrick Palmitos, and Kenn Edward Mirasol, together with their advisor Dr. Ronald Galindo, have been awarded by the Department of Science and Technology Region VII last June 20, 2015 as the first runner-up during the third DOST- Regional Invention Contest and Exhibits (RICE) under the college student creative research category.
The students started to fabricate the invention in December 2014; they finished the project in March 2015. The research period and the fabrication took ten months, which is equivalent to two semesters. The project cost the students the amount of thirty thousand pesos.
Dr. Galindo and his former students are looking for interested investors who could mass produce the unique vehicle. At present, the team is in the process of having their invention patented with the assistance of DOST- Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI).
The primary object of the thesis was to design and fabricate an innovative amphibious trisikad, a three wheeled transport vehicle capable of operating on both land and water. The design components consist of a frame, a driving mechanism, two paddle wheels and a floater. The floater having a dimension of 240 cm x 140 cm x 32 cm was designed based on a gross weight of 300kgs which includes the vehicle and the passengers. The floater is detachable from the main frame to make the vehicle to be lighter when using it purely on land. The center distance between the front and the rear wheels is 171.52 cm. and the materials used in the fabrication were BI and GI steel pipes.
This amphibious trisikad was tested to be effective on both land and water and can carry about 3 to 4 passengers on board. Aside from being an amphibious transport vehicle it can also be utilized as an emergency rescue vehicle during street flooding.
Source: Jesse Pastor Magno, KennEdward Mirasol and Hembrick Palmitos
Adviser: Dr. Ronald Galindo, PME
5 July 2015
June 18-20, 2015 @ Marriott Hotel Ballroom 3, Cebu City