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 Design & performance of a wind and solar-powered autonomous surface vehicle.

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Type of Resource: text

Genre: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Date Issued: 2008

Publisher: Florida Atlantic University

Physical Form: electronic

Extent: ix, 106 p. : ill. (some col.).

Language(s): English

Summary: The primary objective of this research is the development a wind and solar-powered autonomous surface vehicle (WASP) for oceanographic measurements. This thesis presents the general design scheme, detailed aerodynamic and hydrodynamic aspects, sailing performance theory, and dynamic performance validation measurements obtained from a series of experiments. The WASP consists of a 4.2 meter long sailboat hull, a low-Reynolds number composite wing, a 2000 Watt-hour battery reservoir, a system of control actuators, a control system running on an embedded microprocessor, a suite of oceanographic sensors, and power regeneration from solar energy. The vehicle has a maximum speed of five knots and weighs approximately 350 kilograms. Results from four oceanographic missions that were conducted in the Port Everglades Intracoastal Waterway in Dania Beach [sic] Florida are presented. Water temperature, salinity and oxidation-reduction measurements recorded during these missions are also discussed. The combination of a mono-hull and solid wing in an autonomous system is a viable design for a long-range ocean observation platform. The results of four near-shore ocean observation missions illustrate the initial capabilities of the design. Future work aimed to further reduce both the mass of the wing design and the power requirements of the system will increase performance in all operating conditions and should be considered. Furthermore, the progression of the legal framework related to ocean vehicles must be pursued with respect to unmanned autonomous systems.

Identifier: 316797519 (oclc), 166455 (digitool), FADT166455 (IID), fau:2838 (fedora)

Note(s): by Patrick Forde Rynne.Thesis (M.S.C.S.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2008.Includes bibliography.Electronic reproduction. Boca Raton, Fla., 2008. Mode of access: World Wide Web.

Subject(s): Hydrographic surveying -- Instruments -- EvaluationAids to navigation -- Equipment and supplies -- TestingSailboats -- Design and constructionRobots -- Control systemsOceanographic instruments -- Evaluation

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Owner Institution: FAU

Autor: Rynne, Patrick Forde.



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