PARAMETRIC ANALYSIS OF OPTIMUM BUOYANCY MODULE DESIGNS.
NAVAL APPLIED SCIENCE LAB BROOKLYN N Y
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A parametric analysis was performed to determine the optimum combination of variables in the design of buoyancy modules for use in deep submergence applications. The particular parameters considered in this study were hollow sphere material density and strength geometric shape of the module, three dimensional sphere array design and matrix material density and strength. Results of this investigation show that of the three module shapes considered cubic, hexagonal and triangular, hexagonal with 14 spheres yields the highest buoyancy. From this study it is also postulated that a module can be developed with a net buoyancy ranging from 28 to 36 lbsft 3 which shows a 35 to 80 percent improvement over buoyancy of existing syntactic foam. Author, modified.
- Marine Engineering