The A.U.V. – Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
2012Â Â Â Â –Â Â Â Â Kraken Coming Soon!!
Here you see the evolution of our AUV over previous competitions. Here are theÂ AUV’s’ that paved the way for our Group.
2011 â€“The Kraken
The design consists of an Exterior Frame, support beams, mounting beams, motor
shrouds, and several watertight cases.Â The main form of the AUV is defined by the frames’s Side plates.
2010 -The Kraken
Some major changes to the frame are visible. The frame has taken a drastic change while still being slightly box shaped with cross beams mounts. The new chosen material is Delrin plastic. Delrin is a lightweight material that provides strength and durability.Â The 2 motor and one servo design has been replaced by a more standard 6 motor configuration.Â Tucked into the frame is the hydrophone array, and cameras.
In 2009 the design morphed a bit from the previous versions. We used the same frame while refining existing design features. The servo box was replaced with a sealed servo and bracket, and the Hammond boxes were switched to bright yellow Otter boxes. New internal batteries were used, as well as a complete electronics system overhaul. Several other enhancements were worked on, but without achieving enough progress they were shelved for future use.
The Zepplin design incorporated a 2 box, 2 thruster design. This AUV was nicknamed the Zepplin by borrowing of the idea of putting the motor in front of the AUV and in essence dragging the AUV through the water instead of pushing. We also introduced a servo box in order to cut down on the number of motors both by need and to reduce weight. This submarine uses a modular design and like its predecessor, a pressure sensor, gyro, and attachments for Hydrophones and Cameras.
The Sea Horse was an early modular submarine design. Our design concept grew from this model and it continues to incorporate a frame and sealed attached modules. This is a single box design with four Seabotix thrusters attached. A pressure sensor, gyro, cameras and hydrophones are attached.Â