Electric thrusters for autonomous underwater vehicles


Abu-Sharkh, S. and Harris, M. (1996) Electric thrusters for autonomous underwater vehicles. In, Proceedings of IEE Colloquium on Autonomous Underwater Vehicles and their Systems: Recent Developments and Future Prospects. IEE Colloquium on Autonomous Underwater Vehicles and their Systems: Recent Developments and Future Prospects USA, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 1-6.

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This paper presents a review of the work that is being carried out at the University of Southampton to develop electric thrusters for unmanned underwater vehicles. The work has concentrated mainly on electric thrusters for tethered work-class remotely operated vehicles, which work at fairly low vehicle speeds, as a replacement for existing hydraulic thrusters. It is also relevant to untethered autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), that are typically designed for longer-range inspection work at moderate, steady speeds. There is also ongoing research on a novel type of electric motor, capable of high output power and high efficiency at low speed, which is seen as potentially suitable for AUV thrusters.

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Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
V Naval Science > VM Naval architecture. Shipbuilding. Marine engineering
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Engineering Sciences
ePrint ID: 21257
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2006
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:10
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/21257

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