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Design and Deployment Analysis of Morphing Ocean Structure

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2016
Summary:
As humans explore greater depths of Earth’s oceans, there is a growing need for the installation of subsea structures. 71% of the earth’s surface is ocean but there are limitations inherent in current detection instruments for marine applications leading to the need for the development of underwater platforms that allow research of deeper subsea areas. Several underwater platforms including Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs), and wave gliders enable more efficient deployment of marine structures. Deployable structures are able to be compacted and transported via AUV to their destination then morph into their final form upon arrival. They are a lightweight, compact solution. The wrapped package includes the deployable structure, underwater pump, and other necessary instruments, and the entire package is able to meet the payload capability requirements. Upon inflation, these structures can morph into final shapes that are a hundred times larger than their original volume, which extends the detection range and also provides long-term observation capabilities. This dissertation reviews underwater platforms, underwater acoustics, imaging sensors, and inflatable structure applications then proposes potential applications for the inflatable structures. Based on the proposed applications, a conceptual design of an underwater tubular structure is developed and initial prototypes are built for the study of the mechanics of inflatable tubes. Numerical approaches for the inflation process and bending loading are developed to predict the inflatable tubular behavior during the structure’s morphing process and under different loading conditions. The material properties are defined based on tensile tests. The numerical results are compared with and verified by experimental data. The methods used in this research provide a solution for underwater inflatable structure design and analysis. Several ocean morphing structures are proposed based on the inflatable tube analysis.
Title: Design and Deployment Analysis of Morphing Ocean Structure.
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Name(s): Li, Yanjun, author
Su, Tsung-Chow, Thesis advisor
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Date Created: 2016
Date Issued: 2016
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 163 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: As humans explore greater depths of Earth’s oceans, there is a growing need for the installation of subsea structures. 71% of the earth’s surface is ocean but there are limitations inherent in current detection instruments for marine applications leading to the need for the development of underwater platforms that allow research of deeper subsea areas. Several underwater platforms including Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs), and wave gliders enable more efficient deployment of marine structures. Deployable structures are able to be compacted and transported via AUV to their destination then morph into their final form upon arrival. They are a lightweight, compact solution. The wrapped package includes the deployable structure, underwater pump, and other necessary instruments, and the entire package is able to meet the payload capability requirements. Upon inflation, these structures can morph into final shapes that are a hundred times larger than their original volume, which extends the detection range and also provides long-term observation capabilities. This dissertation reviews underwater platforms, underwater acoustics, imaging sensors, and inflatable structure applications then proposes potential applications for the inflatable structures. Based on the proposed applications, a conceptual design of an underwater tubular structure is developed and initial prototypes are built for the study of the mechanics of inflatable tubes. Numerical approaches for the inflation process and bending loading are developed to predict the inflatable tubular behavior during the structure’s morphing process and under different loading conditions. The material properties are defined based on tensile tests. The numerical results are compared with and verified by experimental data. The methods used in this research provide a solution for underwater inflatable structure design and analysis. Several ocean morphing structures are proposed based on the inflatable tube analysis.
Identifier: FA00004752 (IID)
Degree granted: Dissertation (Ph.D.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2016.
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Includes bibliography.
Subject(s): Air-supported structures--Design and construction.
Remote submersibles--Design and construction.
Tensile architecture.
Fluid mechanics.
Structural dynamics.
Ocean engineering.
Adaptive control systems.
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