Pinoy scientists create an abaca fiber-made amphibious navigator for relief ops

  • Scientists have invented an abaca fiber-made amphibious navigator aimed to address lack of amphibious vehicle that can be utilized during relief operations in Central Luzon
  • It is called the Severe Weather Amphibious Navigator or S.W.A.N.
  • The researchers started creating it in 2018

Transporting of relief goods and evacuees in the event of floods or storms had became a perennial situation in Central Luzon.

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Back in 2018, Filipino scientists planned to end the dilemma and created an abaca fiber-made amphibious navigator.

Researchers from the Philippines’ Department of Science and Technology (DOST) then started building an amphibious vehicle that can respond to distressed areas in times of calamities. They created the Severe Weather Amphibious Navigator (S.W.A.N.), a prototype amphibious navigator that aims to address the lack of amphibious vehicle in the region.

Interestingly, the upper deck of the SWAN is made of abaca fiber composites woven into fabrics, a report said. Abaca fiber, the report further noted, is the strongest natural fibers.

“Molded with a glass fiber reinforced composite hull, the SWAN is lighter and stronger. SWAN is a conversion of an existing truck, its under chassis and engine is mounted to the hull to form the whole structure,” a report explained.

The Filipino invention is designed “to enhance disaster relief and response to flood operation with its on-road, off-road and amphibious capabilities.”

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It was also disclosed that it was a collaborative project among Central Luzon Industry and Energy Research and Development member institutions and was one of the priority projects of DOST-Region III Regional Director Julius Ceasar Sicat. It was a project funded by the DOST and monitored by the Philippine Council for Industry Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development.

The project was launched during the 2019 Regional Invention Contest and Exhibit (RICE) at the Central Luzon State University in Nueva Ecija.