Faculty Advisor

Hussein, Islam

Faculty Advisor

Michalson, William R.

Abstract

Autonomous vehicles are becoming more and more prevalent in military, private industry and residential applications. Unfortunately, research currently being done in the area of autonomous underwater craft is often hindered by expense. It was desired to build a craft at WPI which could serve as an inexpensive test-bed for future research and implementation of control algorithms, etc. The vehicle's construction required the design and manufacture of a number of components including water-jet stabilization thrusters, propeller driven main thrusters, a complete multi-hub electronic sensor and drive control system and individual sensors such as a tri-axial sonar unit as well as a capacitance based water-leak sensor. A Lexan heat forming process was also developed for hull construction.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2009

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Major

Aerospace Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

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