Accession Number:

ADD018887

Title:

Guide Tube Bend Fluid Bearing

Descriptive Note:

Patent application, filed 23 May 97

Corporate Author:

OFFICE OF NAVAL RESEARCH ARLINGTON VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1997-05-23

Pagination or Media Count:

14.0

Abstract:

Disclosed is an apparatus for deploying and retrieving a towed array from a vehicle. This apparatus includes a cable storage device positioned inside the vehicle hull. A winch is positioned adjacent this cable storage device for paying out the array and retrieving the array from and to the cable storage device. The array extends in a first length from the cable storage device to the winch to a hull exit point. A fluid bearing is positioned between the first and second length of the array. This fluid bearing comprises an internal arcuate cable conveying passageway and a fluid inlet for introducing a fluid to said internal cable conveying passageway so as to reduce stress and friction on the array.

Subject Categories:

  • Marine Engineering

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE