Title: The mechatronic design of a micro-autonomous underwater vehicle (µAUV)

Authors: Simon A. Watson; Dominic J.P. Crutchley; Peter N. Green

Addresses: School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK. ' School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK. ' School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK

Abstract: Micro-autonomous underwater vehicles (µAUVs) can form the basis of mobile underwater sensor networks for monitoring sub-surface cluttered environments. There are numerous technical challenges involved in constructing such vehicles using off-the-shelf components. This paper presents progress to date in the design of such a system, the problems encountered and possible solutions.

Keywords: autonomous underwater vehicles; micro AUVs; underwater sensor networks; mechatronics design; motion control; sub-surface cluttered environments; AUV design; vehicle design.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMA.2012.049397

International Journal of Mechatronics and Automation, 2012 Vol.2 No.3, pp.157 - 168

Received: 30 Mar 2012
Accepted: 13 Jul 2012

Published online: 02 Oct 2012 *

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