Dynamics of a Small Autonomous Underwater Vehicle That Tows a Large Payload
Kepler Jr, Michael Eugene
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This thesis presents the derivation of the dynamic model of an autonomous underwater vehicle that tows a large payload. Our analysis is motivated by the fact that the payload is so large that it cannot be modeled by simply appending its dynamics to the dynamics of the autonomous underwater vehicle. Hence, the coupling between the vehicle and payload must be fully modeled. Furthermore, several approximation techniques based on analytic and empirical formulations are investigated for computing the hydrodynamic coefficients of the vehicle. Efficacy and limitations of the approximation techniques are assessed by comparison with hydrodynamic coefficients that are estimated using high-fidelity computational fluid dynamics simulations.
General Audience Abstract
This thesis presents the model to used to predict the motion of an autonomous underwater vehicle that tows a large object. Our analysis is motivated by the fact that the size of the object is so large that it will have a substantial impact on the motion of the vehicle, and likewise the vehicle will have a substantial impact on the object, requiring that the interaction between the two bodies to be fully modeled. The fluid forces and moments acting on the vehicle are approximated using techniques from hydrodynamic theory and experimental results. The accuracy of the approximation is assessed by comparing of the estimated forces and moments with those seen in high-fidelity simulations.
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