The Design of an Experimental Apparatus to Measure the Motions of a Towed Submersible Environmental Sensor Vehicle.
Final rept. 15 Jun 80-14 Jun 83,
NAVAL ACADEMY ANNAPOLIS MD
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An experimental investigation of the motions of a towed submersible sensing vehicle due to external forcing functions of surge and heave is made. Using the U.S. Naval Academys high speed tow tank facility, experiments were conducted using a half scale model of a current NCSC towed vehicle in which was carried a motion measurement package that measured pitch, roll, yaw, longitudinal and vertical accelerations. Surge and heave displacements at various forcing frequencies and displacements up to or - 1.0 ft were generated after developing excitation apparatus that would be compatible with the tow tank facility. Effects of tow cable geometry and towing speeds were investigated. A simple mathematical model for heaving motion was developed to lend verification to experimental measurements. An audio-colored visual tape of the experimental study was made showing the salient aspects of the investigation. Author
- Submarine Engineering
- Fluid Mechanics