UPM 2011 International Academic Competition on Underwater Gliders Design

May 12, 2011 - via Universidad Polit├ęcnica de Madrid (UPM)

This competition has an international scope and its main goal is the design of a small underwater glider concept radio controlled, according with the technical requirements of these rules, taking into account the future application of the underwater gliders in the scientific and business environments.

The objectives of this international academic competition are:

  • Promote the development of the underwater gliders.
  • Involve the university students in the underwater gliders design.
  • Optimize the underwater gliders designs.
  • Obtain new ideas for the future application of the underwater gliders in the scientific and business environments.

Requirements for the participants

  • Teams of all the universities worldwide are allowed to participate in the competition.
  • Each team should not exceed the number of 4 members.
  • All the participants must prove that they are currently students in a university, by means of a certificate. A copy of the certificate must be sent by e-mail during the registration phase.

Project submission.
Each team should submit a report, redacted in English, in PDF format, clearly specifying:

  • State of the art of the underwater gliders.
  • Global scope of the proposed design.
  • Application of the proposed design in a scientific or business environment, specifying the special characteristics of the design for this purpose.
  • The dimensions and detailed drawings of the proposed design.
  • The materials and construction techniques that will be used for the manufacture.
  • Displacement, weights and stability calculations.
  • The theoretical calculations or experimental data on which the proper operation of the proposed design is based.
  • Study of the dynamic conditions of the designed underwater glider.
  • Control conditions during sink and rise maneuvers.
  • Estimated vertical and horizontal velocities.
  • Costs analysis.
  • References.

A file with the 3D model of the proposed design must be submitted, accomplishing the following requisites:

  • 3D model file formats: 3dm, kmz, iges, stl, obj, vrlm, ply, off.
  • Textures: If used, submit them in a zipped file.

The designs will be published in Internet as part of the initiative “Proyecto 3D-Seed”. With their participation in the competition and the submission of the 3D files, the teams give their tacit consent to the usage of the files in this initiative. The designs can be slightly modified to optimize Internet downloading. An example of the usage of the files in Internet can be shown in the web page http://tour-etsin.blogspot.com/search/label/3D-Seed.

Finalists’ proclamation.

  • The maximum number of finalist teams is restricted to 5.
  • The Technical Committee will select the best 5 projects based on the following criteria:
  • The quality of the submitted report.
  • The quality of the submitted 3D model.
  • The originality and viability of the application of the proposed design in a scientific or business environment.
  • The quality of the theoretical calculations or experimental data used for the design of the underwater glider.
  • The adaptation to the technical requirements of the competition.

Construction.
During the construction phase each of the 5 finalist teams must construct their underwater glider following the specifications of the report submitted in the project submission phase.

The finalist teams will make modifications to their designs in the construction phase, if they do not change the global idea of the design, improve it and are accepted by the Technical Committee.

 

Competition.
The competition will be a public act that will be celebrated in the Canal de Ensayos Hidrodinámicos of the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Navales (ETSIN) of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM).

Calendar
Phase 1: Registration ............................................. Deadline 15 Jun 2011
Phase 2: Project submission .................................... Deadline 02 Sep 2011
Phase 3: Finalists’ proclamation ............................... 23 Sep 2011
Phase 4: Construction ............................................ Deadline 14 Dec 2011
Phase 5: Underwater gliders delivery ......................... 14 Dec 2011
Phase 6: Preliminary trials ...................................... 14 Dec 2011
Phase 7: Competition ........................................... 15 Dec 2011
Phase 8: Awards proclamation and ceremony ............... 16 Dec 2011

 

External link: http://www.etsin.upm.es/ETSINavales/Investigadores/Premios/Noticias&convocatorias/e89cb8a29dabf210VgnVCM10000009c7648aRCRD

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