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Thrust Response of a Vectored-Thruster Unmanned Underwater Vehicle

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2007
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Towing tank/water flume experiments are conducted to characterize the dynamics of a Remotely-Piloted Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (RPUUV) propelled by a vectored-thruster system. Force and torque measurements are used to determine the coefficients of drag, lift, yaw-moment and thrust of the vehicle as a function of the vehicle yaw angle and the vectored-thruster rudder angle. Simultaneously, particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) measurements of the propeller inlet flow are also performed to examine the variation of flow conditions at the propeller inlet with rudder angle. The tests are conducted at 0.150 rnls, 0.300 rnls, 0.515 rnls and 0.773 rnls. While the measured drag coefficient is slightly higher than predicted by theory at low Reynolds number (1.44 x10^5 and 2.88 x10^5), the hydrodynamic coefficients data are expected to be useful in predicting the response of vehicles in the field. Additionally, the magnitude of the thrust vector varies nonlinearly with rudder angle and for nonzero rudder angles the thrust vector does not point in the same direction as the thruster axis.
Title: Thrust Response of a Vectored-Thruster Unmanned Underwater Vehicle.
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Name(s): Ackermann, Lloyd E. J.
von Ellenrieder, Karl, Thesis advisor
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Date Created: 2007
Date Issued: 2007
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 98 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: Towing tank/water flume experiments are conducted to characterize the dynamics of a Remotely-Piloted Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (RPUUV) propelled by a vectored-thruster system. Force and torque measurements are used to determine the coefficients of drag, lift, yaw-moment and thrust of the vehicle as a function of the vehicle yaw angle and the vectored-thruster rudder angle. Simultaneously, particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) measurements of the propeller inlet flow are also performed to examine the variation of flow conditions at the propeller inlet with rudder angle. The tests are conducted at 0.150 rnls, 0.300 rnls, 0.515 rnls and 0.773 rnls. While the measured drag coefficient is slightly higher than predicted by theory at low Reynolds number (1.44 x10^5 and 2.88 x10^5), the hydrodynamic coefficients data are expected to be useful in predicting the response of vehicles in the field. Additionally, the magnitude of the thrust vector varies nonlinearly with rudder angle and for nonzero rudder angles the thrust vector does not point in the same direction as the thruster axis.
Identifier: FA00012500 (IID)
Degree granted: Thesis (M.S.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2007.
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): College of Engineering and Computer Science
Subject(s): Naval architecture
Oceanographic submersibles--Hydrodynamics
Vibration (Marine engineering)
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