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A Novel Method to Determine the Hydrodynamic Coefficients of an Eyeball ROV

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Michael Lau, Professor Cheng Chin



A good dynamics model is essential and critical for the successful design of navigation and control system of an underwater vehicle. However, it is difficult to determine from the hydrodynamic forces, the inertial added mass terms and the drag coefficients. In this paper, a new experimental method has been used to find the hydrodynamic forces for the ROV II, a remotely operated underwater vehicle. The proposed method is based on the classical free decay test, but with the spring oscillation replaced by a pendulum motion. The experiment results determined from the free decay test of a scaled model compared well with the simulation results obtained from well-established computational fluid dynamics (CFD) program. Thus, the proposed approach can be used to find the added mass and drag coefficients for other underwater vehicles.

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Author(s): Eng YH, Lau MS, Low E, Seet GL, Chin CS

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Iaeng Transactions on Engineering Technologies Volume I: Special Edition of the International MultiConference of Engineers and Computer Scientists

Year of Conference: 2009

Pages: 11-22

Date deposited: 13/05/2011

Publisher: AIP


DOI: 10.1063/1.3078117

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

Series Title: AIP Conference Proceedings

ISBN: 9780735406223