Testing and Evaluation of a Buoyancy Engine for an Underwater Glider

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.4224/8895949
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TypeTechnical Report
Series titleStudent Report
Subjectbuoyancy engine; underwater glider; autonomous underwater vehicle; AUV
AbstractThis report details the implementation and testing of a buoyancy engine for an underwater glider.The introduction of the report discusses underwater glider principles, and buoyancy engines. The following section presents the project design challenge, and the design constraints. An overall description of the vehicle and all of its major subsystems is presented. To commence testing fabrication had to be completed for the electronics section of the Buoyancy Engine. A mounting system was designed and fabricated for the electronic systems. To deal with power requirements a linear voltage regulator was designed. Then the standard assembly procedure is discussed. Section 4 describes software routines written to provide interfacing and control of all the subsystems. Some issues identified during programming are highlighted along with methods to correct them. Once all fabrication and programming was complete tests were run on individual subsystems, and finally in tank testing of the vehicle. The various testing procedures are detailed along with the results of the tests. Finally this memorandum closes with conclusions of the results of the project and recommendations for future work.
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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
Peer reviewedNo
NRC number6224
NPARC number8895949
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Record identifierc9f263c3-e8d2-408a-a7dc-749f11b062cc
Record created2009-04-22
Record modified2016-10-03
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