Buoyancy Engine Construction and Design for an Underwater Glider

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.4224/8895331
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TypeTechnical Report
Series titleLaboratory Memorandum
Subjectbuoyancy engine; pitch; roll; submersible control; underwater glider; autonomous underwater vehicle; AUV
AbstractThis report details the construction of a buoyancy engine. (See Janes, Nick. Design of a Buoyancy Engine for an Underwater Glider VM1 L121 LM-2004-13 for a previous study.) There is an introduction to the significance of a buoyancy engine to underwater glider technology as well as a description of some existing gliders. The following section describes the design challenge: to build a vertically translating programmable buoyancy engine capable of diving to maximum depth of 20 m. After identifying drawbacks of the original design, design changes were made and construction was undertaken. There was a setback in the choice of an ABS pipe as a structural member; however, a solution was identified and built. Conclusions and future work end this memorandum, identifying lessons learned and a path for further development.
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PublisherNational Research Council Canada. Institute for Ocean Technology
PlaceSt. John's, NL
AffiliationNRC Institute for Ocean Technology; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number6015
NPARC number8895331
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Record created2009-04-22
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