Multi-actuated AUV Body for Windfarm Inspection: Lessons from the Bio-inspired RoboFish Field Trials

Marvin Wright, Wael Gorma, Yang Luo, Mark Andrew Post, Qing Xiao, Andrew Durrant

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An innovative magnetic joint design has been developed as part of the construction of a bio-inspired autonomous swimming vehicle for wind farm inspection. This paper presents our design solutions for a jointed watertight AUV body made using current 3D printing techniques that achieves water tightness and resilient composite metal-polymer bonding. The design avoids dynamic interfaces and the need for rotary seals yet achieves robustness and strength. Test results prove a successful implementation of the magnetic connection between a free rotating inner shaft and a driven outer shaft in a fish-like jointed AUV body.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 6 Aug 2020

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