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Investigation into the Hydrodynamic Interaction Effects on an AUV Operating Close to a Submarine


Leong, ZQ and Saad, K and Ranmuthugala, SD and Duffy, JT, Investigation into the Hydrodynamic Interaction Effects on an AUV Operating Close to a Submarine, Proceedings of the Pacific 2013 International Maritime Conference, 7-9 October 2013, Darling Harbour, Australia, pp. 1-11. (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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When an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) operates in proximity to a submarine, interaction with the flow and pressure fields of the submarine can adversely affect the motion of the AUV. This can results in mission failure, due to the AUVís inability to maintain its desired trajectory or possible collision between the two vessels. In an aim to quantify the interaction effects and identify the regions where adverse effects of the interaction forces and moments are minimal, the Australian Maritime College (AMC) has conducted a series of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations and captive model experiments. The simulations were carried out on AUV and submarine models having diameter ratios between 2.237:1 and 13.425:1 at different fixed speeds and relative positions, while validation was carried out at the lower diameter ratio using the experimental results. It was found that the adverse effects of the interaction forces and moments were minimised when the AUV is around the midships of the submarine, although the actual location can change with a number of parameters such as the diameter ratio and the shape of the vehicles

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:CFD Underwater Vehicle Interaction Submarine
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Ship and platform structures (incl. maritime hydrodynamics)
Objective Division:Transport
Objective Group:Water transport
Objective Field:Water transport not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Leong, ZQ (Dr Zhi Leong)
UTAS Author:Ranmuthugala, SD (Professor Dev Ranmuthugala)
UTAS Author:Duffy, JT (Associate Professor Jonathan Duffy)
ID Code:86730
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2013-10-16
Last Modified:2014-08-12
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