Faculty Advisor

Hussein, Islam

Faculty Advisor

Michalson, William R.

Abstract

Autonomous vehicles are increasingly investigated for use in oceanographic studies, underwater surveillance, and search operations. Research currently being done in the area of autonomous underwater craft is often hindered by expense. This project seeks to complete the construction, optimization, and control software development of an inexpensive underwater vehicle. During the course of the project all of the vehicle's mechanical and electrical subsystems were completed. Propeller-driven primary thrusters using a magnetically coupled drive system were optimized and manufactured. A battery powered electrical subsystem was also designed and installed on the vehicle. A simulation of the vehicle's control algorithm was developed in MATLAB and several full vehicle tests were conducted at WPI.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2010

Major

Mechanical 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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