|Project Summary||Project Information|
An autonomous robotic fish (RoboFish) has been developed through several previous senior design teams to serve as a prototype for future marine research or military applications. The Robofish employs hydraulic McKibben artificial muscles to power through water and has been designed to minimize any mechanical or robotic appearance. The Robofish is capable of detecting and retrieving falling objects in the water, observing its surroundings through a camera mounted on its head, and eventually may be capable of determining its location. However, the batteries that currently power the motion and on-board sensing systems of the robotic fish limit the operation time to a few hours.
The objective of this project is to design a system that enables the RoboFish to engage in lengthier, time-sustainable missions. This is accomplished through the use of a power-harvesting, floating docking station that is capable of autonomously charging the RoboFish. The fish must be able to first detect battery life capacity at a reasonable threshold, navigate to the station, dock, charge batteries up to full capacity, and undock successfully to resume operation.
In the future, additional communication systems may be installed to allow data collected from the RoboFish to be transmitted to the dock. This would negate the need for the fish to be collected from the water for data retrieval, allowing for potentially lengthier operations.
For the project description supplied to the team, click on the following link for the Project Readiness Package.
From left to right: Brittany McCord, Johan Nasution, Garrett Burgwardt, Lu Min (Lucas) Aung, Jack Moore, Chris Parker
|Jack Moore||Mechanical||Project Managerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Johan Nasution||Electrical||Robotics Leademail@example.com|
|Brittany McCord||Electrical||Power Systems Leadfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Garrett Burgwardt||Electrical (Robotics)||Electrical Engineering Leademail@example.com|
|Lu Min Aung||Electrical (Robotics)||Software Leadfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Christopher Parker||Mechanical||Mechanical Leademail@example.com|
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|MSD I & II||MSD I||MSD II|
AcknowledgementsOur sincere thanks goes to Dr. Kathleen Lamkin-Kennard and the Boeing Company for providing us the opportunity to work on an on-going project with real world applications and development. Dr. Lamkin-Kennard has been communicating with our team tirelessly to ensure customer and engineering requirements have been completely satisfied.
We would also like to thank our project guide Mike Blachowicz for sharing with us his expertise in engineering designs and his wisdom in the importance of process and iterations.
Finally, we would like to thank Kate Gleason's College of Engineering for providing not only facilities needed for the project deisgn and implementation, but also professors who have passed on invaluable knowledge in embedded systems, classical control, and fluid dynamics among others, without which, we would not have been able to facilitate the design problem.