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Quantitative manoeuvring characteristics of an underwater vehicle equipped with collective and cyclic pitch propeller


Nguyen, HD and Dubois, A and Leong, ZQ and Binns, J and Tran, MQ, Quantitative manoeuvring characteristics of an underwater vehicle equipped with collective and cyclic pitch propeller, Proceedings of the First International Conference on Fluid Machinery and Automation Systems 2018, 27-28 October 2018, Hanoi, Vietnam (2018) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Operating an underwater vehicle at low speed, such as docking (homing), stationary keeping and under-ice navigation, in severe and harsh environments is a great challenge. Applications of underwater vehicles have been widened from small underwater/subsea missions to complicated under-ice missions such as in the Arctic and Antarctic areas. To fulfil the complicated missions in such harsh environmental conditions, the conventional propulsion systems for underwater vehicles are not appropriate any more, thus operation of such underwater vehicles requires new types of propulsion system to enhance efficiency, to prolong operating time period and to effectively operate underwater vehicles at very low speed. A novel type of propulsion system, namely controllable and cyclic pitch propeller (CCPP), has been designed for underwater vehicles and its performance has been quantified by Computational Fluids Dynamics (CFD) simulation and towing tank captive tests. The idea of a CCPP for an underwater vehicle comes from the rotor of a helicopter. The current investigation shows a great potential of this type of propulsion system to be an alternative propulsion system in order to improve omni-directional manoeuvring characteristics and controllability. This paper is to report on the latest information on quantification of the performance of the underwater vehicle equipped with the CCPP using numerical and experimental approaches.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:underwater vehicles (UVs), collective and cyclic pitch propeller, novel type of propulsion system for UVs, manoeuvrability
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Special vehicles
Objective Division:Transport
Objective Group:Water transport
Objective Field:Water transport not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Nguyen, HD (Dr Hung Nguyen)
UTAS Author:Dubois, A (Dr Arno Dubois)
UTAS Author:Leong, ZQ (Dr Zhi Leong)
UTAS Author:Binns, J (Professor Jonathan Binns)
UTAS Author:Tran, MQ (Mr Minh Tran)
ID Code:129585
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2018-12-07
Last Modified:2019-09-05

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