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Modelling tunnel thrusters for autonomous underwater vehicles

Palmer, A., Hearn, G.E. and Stevenson, P. (2008) Modelling tunnel thrusters for autonomous underwater vehicles At Navigation, Guidance and Control of Underwater Vehicles (NGCUV'08). 08 - 10 Apr 2008. 6 pp.

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With 900 Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) required over the next decade (Newman et al., 2007) existing survey-style AUVs need improved utilization factors. Additional control devices to extend operational capability need consideration together with the interchange between AUV control approaches. This paper considers supplementary through-body tunnel thruster control during the transition from survey operation to low-speed manoeuvring. Modified manoeuvring equations permit investigation of energy level demands as a positively buoyant AUV is slowed down from cruising speed to maintaining a stationary position. A suitable model of the selected thruster device is proposed following a literature review of tunnel thruster performance.

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Submitted date: 11 January 2008
Published date: 8 April 2008
Venue - Dates: Navigation, Guidance and Control of Underwater Vehicles (NGCUV'08), 2008-04-08 - 2008-04-10
Keywords: autonomous vehicles, marine systems, propulsion control, manoeuvrability, mathematical Models, Simulation.
Organisations: Fluid Structure Interactions Group


Local EPrints ID: 54810
PURE UUID: dcc10159-5a04-492f-a59f-0bc98e0c9b94

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Date deposited: 04 Aug 2008
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:34

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