8, 2001, Gazette)
Corwyn Moores ia an engineering student from LAnse-au-Clair,
Graduate engineering student Corwyn Moores isnt interested
in breaking records; he wants to set them.
I take a lot of enjoyment from doing things no ones
ever done before, he said. I like extremes. If its
a car, it should be faster; a boat deeper, larger, further.
Thats what I like most, thats what Im here
Mr. Moores, from LAnse-au-Clair, Labrador, is a masters
student in the facultys fast-track program, and at just
24, hell be one of the youngest students to graduate with
his degree in ocean and naval architectural engineering this
Grandson of a fisherman, Mr. Moores has spent a lot of time on
the water fishing, swimming, diving, and boating
so the drive to design for water is innate.
I dont enjoy being too far from the water,
he explained. I like moving around, but basically everywhere
Ive gone has been on the saltwater.
It was his desire to be back on the water in Newfoundland that
lead Mr. Moores to change his initial plan to be a marine engineer
with the Canadian Navy, and, as soon as ROTP basic training ended,
to shift gears and start at Memorial. His brothers soon followed:
Justin is doing a honours degree in biology, William is doing
one in biochemistry.
A seemingly permanent member of the deans list for the
duration of his fast-track B.Eng./M.Eng. program at MUN, Mr.
Moores takes his training seriously.
In naval architecture, maybe more so than the more grounded
disciplines, if something goes wrong with a design, you either
lose the ship or end up with a serious catastrophe, he
said. Im still a student, so I havent had a
situation yet where one mistake means a problem. But its
a responsibility that I look forward to taking on. Its
a personal challenge to make sure you do it right the first time.
Mr. Moores explained how the learning curve or design spiral
is one of the things that appealed most about his chosen field.
It is a science, and at the same time it isnt,
he said. Naval architecture started as a black art.
Apprentice boat builders went and learned, and when they saw
a mistake they fixed it. And theres still a fair bit of
that still in it, but its iterative.
After workterms that have taken him from St. Johns to Gander
to Ottawa, and from Houston, Texas, to Aberdeen, Scotland, Mr.
Moores most recent project has been performing model scale
propeller tests at IMD using their new dynamometer to measure
single blade loads involving a propeller in ice. So what does
that look like?
Basically, we tested a propeller at various pitches, which
were ran at various thicknesses of ice, he explained. The
goal of the research was to measure the loads of single blades
hitting the ice. Most figures only account for the total load
of the blades as a group, not differentiating the force generated
by the one in the act of hitting the ice from the others, encountering
It wasnt complicated as much as time-consuming, because
it was never done before, Mr. Moores said. Thats
the kind of work I like to do.
The results from the testing are not only of benefit to IMD client
Lloyds Registry (the global shipping insurance magnate with a
more-than-passing interest in propeller performance); they are
also the stuff of Moores masters thesis, supervised
by Drs. Brian Veitch and Neil Bose. With the tests themselves
finished in late November, Mr. Moores explained why the analysis
hasnt been easy.
The amount of data were looking at maxxed out IMDs
data-acquisition capability at the time, he reported.
Laughing, he added, So yeah, I think Ive got enough
material for my thesis.