P08454: Underwater Equipment Technology


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Project Overview

Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) are used for many types of underwater tasks, either replacing human divers for safety and cost reasons, or allowing for exploration far below the maximum safe depth for human divers. As the use of these vehicles becomes more widespread, and the number and complexity of applications increases, their is a demand for better components.

Typical thrusters used on underwater vehicles are simply pumps repackaged for use on a vehicle. This team will focus on improving impeller shape and selecting other components to make an optimized thruster. Hardware and software will be designed to be as similar as possible to the modular, scalable land-based robots as possible, and as close to the lighting system as possible. Software control must be compatible with software control for the lighting system. The students should use the drive motors for last year's 100 kg robot project if possible. The thrusters should also use the same housing as the lighting system; these housings are to be designed by the lighting team with input and help as appropriate from the thruster team. In senior design II, they will build a full set of thrusters and test them on an underwater vehicle. The students will be responsible for developing a test plan and finding test facilities.

Final Thruster

Final Thruster

Cross Section View of the Thruster

Cross Section View of the Thruster

Sponsered by Dresser Rand Corporation

Administrative Information

Project Name
Underwater Equipment Technology
Project Number
Project Family
Sustainable Technologies for the Global Marketplace
Sustainable Products, Systems, and Technologies
Start Term
End Term
Faculty Guide
Dr. Wayne Walter (Mechanical Engineering Department)
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Erin Gillespie
Primary Customer
Don Wehlage
Customer email: dwehlage@dresser-rand.com
Secondary Customer:
Hydroacoustics Inc.
Dan Scoville

Team Documents

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Intellectual Property Considerations

Team Values and Norms

Required Resources

Finalized Documents

Team Information

Administrative Documents

Customer Information



Analysis and Calculations


Design Options

Concept Drawings

Final Drawings