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Design and analysis of hull configurations for a low-cost, autonomous underwater robot as an enabling technology for system of system applications

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5 Author(s)
Nowak, B.M. ; Mech. Eng. Dept., Univ. of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX ; Ayhan, Y. ; Derric, A. ; Daniel, M.
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The objective of this research is to model and analyze candidate hull configurations for a low-cost, modular, autonomous underwater robot. As the computational power and speed of microprocessors continue to progress, we are seeing a growth in the research, development, and the utilization of underwater robots. The number of applications is broadening in the R&D and science communities, especially in the area of multiple, collaborative robots. These underwater collaborative robots represent an instantiation of a System of Systems (SoS). While each new researcher explores a unique application, control method, etc. a new underwater robot vehicle is designed, developed, and deployed. This sometimes leads to one-off designs that are costly. One limit to the wide-scale utilization of underwater robotics is the cost of development. Another limit is the ability to modify the configuration for new applications and evolving requirements. Consequently, we are exploring autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) hull designs towards the goal of modularity, vehicle dexterity, and minimizing the cost. In our analysis, we have employed 3D solid modeling tools and finite element methods. In this paper we present our initial results and discuss ongoing work.

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System of Systems Engineering, 2008. SoSE '08. IEEE International Conference on

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2-4 June 2008