Underwater Mooring System Using an Underwater Traction Winch.
Patent, Filed 30 Oct 90, patented 17 Mar 92,
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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An underwater mooring system using an underwater traction winch for adjusting an underwater sensor array is provided. A main mooring buoy, moored to the sea bed by a plurality of mooring cables, serves as the mounting point for an underwater traction winch as well as the mooring point for a sensor array maintained afloat above the main mooring buoy. In one embodiment, depth adjustment is achieved by using the traction winch to alter the length of the mooring cable connecting the sensor array to the main mooring buoy. In another embodiment, depth adjustment is achieved by using the traction winch to alter the length of one of the mooring cables fixed to the sea bed.
- Marine Engineering