On-demand Electric Thrust Assistance for Muscle-powered Watercraft: PADDELEC

René Budich, Stephan Zipser, Jakob Doblaski, Jonas Seidel



In the project PADDELEC, the implementation of an intelligent paddle (iPaddle) for controlling an electric assisted canoe was realized. This paddle is able to record the paddle force FB of the blade with the help of measurement technology integrated in the paddle shaft. The recording of the paddle stroke is used as a control variable for operating an electric auxiliary drive in the boat. This is intended to provide on-demand thrust assistance to the athlete, analogous to an electrified bicycle ( pedelec). Existing drive solutions on motorized boats offer the athlete the option of firmly specifying the desired thrust via a thrust lever or tiller. The paddelec has the aim to provide intelligent and dynamic thrust assistance to the athlete as needed. This is intended to preserve a natural driving feel, despite the auxiliary drive. A simulation model of the longitudinal dynamics of canoes, was developed to investigate various assistance strategies. The models were validated by extensive real driving tests. For this purpose, special hardware and software tools had to be created, which will be further developed in the future. With the simulation and the evaluation of the practical testing, it could be shown that thrust support for canoes can be very useful. The correct support strategy and support performance can vary greatly depending on which water conditions the boat will use and the sporting activity, so there is still a need for more research in this area.


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Budich R., Zipser S., Doblaski J. and Seidel J. (2022). On-demand Electric Thrust Assistance for Muscle-powered Watercraft: PADDELEC. In - icSPORTS, ISBN , pages 0-0. DOI: 10.5220/0011380600003321

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author={René Budich and Stephan Zipser and Jakob Doblaski and Jonas Seidel},
title={On-demand Electric Thrust Assistance for Muscle-powered Watercraft: PADDELEC},
booktitle={ - icSPORTS,},

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JO - - icSPORTS,
TI - On-demand Electric Thrust Assistance for Muscle-powered Watercraft: PADDELEC
SN -
AU - Budich R.
AU - Zipser S.
AU - Doblaski J.
AU - Seidel J.
PY - 2022
SP - 0
EP - 0
DO - 10.5220/0011380600003321