Designing an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

February 2, 2004 via - NOAA

This document outlines a classroom activity for students in grades 9-12 to teach the principles behind the design of AUVs. 

Students will:
    •    construct a model of an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV)
    •    be able to explain how drag, thrust, and lift forces affect the performance of their model AUV
    •    be able to explain how their AUV can be designed to optimize drag, thrust, and lift forces
    •    be able to compare and contrast the locomotion of AUVs and aquatic organisms like fishes, sea turtles, or whales
    •    be able to explain the difference between mass and buoyancy of an object immersed in water, and explain why AUVs and aquatic organisms need to adjust their buoyancy
    •    be able to explain how potential energy turned into kinetic energy in real AUVs, the AUV model, and swimming organisms
    •    be able to compute energy and power released during a swim

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Citation:Designing an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), Aquarias, feb 2, 2013
Date Published:February 2, 2004
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