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Modelling tunnel thrusters for autonomous underwater vehicles

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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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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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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

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Local EPrints ID: 54810
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/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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