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Propulsion systems for micro-Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (μAUVs)

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2 Author(s)
Watson, S.A. ; Sch. of Electr. & Electron. Eng., Univ. of Manchester, Manchester, UK ; Green, P.N.

The development of small-scale sensor platforms for the internal monitoring of aqueous processes creates a range of challenges in terms of the provision of mobility. De-coupled x-y plane and z-axis movement, the need for low power consumption and a minimum of 4 degrees of freedom means that the suitability of conventional propulsion systems needs to be investigated. This paper presents a brief summary and comparison of the available propulsion options. Propellers have been chosen as the best means of propulsion and a novel approach to modeling and selection of both motors and propellers is given. The thruster configuration and initial mechanical designs for a μAUV are also outlined.

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Robotics Automation and Mechatronics (RAM), 2010 IEEE Conference on

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28-30 June 2010