Cable Fairing Attachment
Patent application, Filed 5 Feb 2010
NAVAL UNDERSEA WARFARE CENTER DIV NEWPORT RI OFFICE OF COUNSEL
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This patent application discloses systems and methods for automatically applying fairings to a cable as the cable is deployed from a winch. Each fairing has two halves, with each half having a recess, or groove, to accommodate the cable. Like halves are connected together and the two halves are stored on separate spools. Counter-rotating wheels adjacent to and on opposite sides of the cable serve to feed the fairing halves from the spools to the cable as the cable is deployed. As the fairing halves approach the cable, magnets in the fairing halves attract each other and bring the two halves together around the cable and firmly hold the two halves together. When the cable is retrieved, guides align the fairings such that a wedge can pry the two halves apart. The halves can be picked up by the wheels and fed back onto the spools.
- Machinery and Tools
- Marine Engineering
- Electricity and Magnetism