Design of a Bio-inspired Hull Shape for an AUV from Hydrodynamic Stability Point of View through Experiment and Numerical Analysis

Amir Honaryar, Mahmoud Ghiasi*

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Abstract

The hydrodynamic characteristics and body shape of catfish, Hypostomus, are used to design and develop an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) named ZRAUV for subsea pipeline and cable inspection. Among the hydrodynamic characteristics, stability of this bio-inspired AUV, which may be adversely affected by disturbances such as marine currents during inspection process, is taken into consideration and evaluated both numerically and experimentally. Concerning numerical investigation, computational fluid dynamics based on Reynolds Averaged Navier-Stokes equations are applied to compute the hydrodynamic damping derivatives needed for stability analysis. In order to verify the numerical predictions, computations are also performed for the well-known submarine body with a typical axisymmetric hull shape, SUBOFF. Experiments are also carried out for both proposed AUV and a conventional axisymmetric one using self-propulsion tests. Measurements of turning rate in turning circle maneuver are in reasonably good agreement with those of numerical estimations and indicate that the turning rate of conventional bodies like SUBOFF is approximately 3.8 times as great as that of bio-inspired AUV. In other words, the findings reveal that in comparison with common axisymmetric bodies, the proposed AUV with biological hull shape is more stable by about 99%, thus, it is highly suitable for subsea pipeline and cable inspection.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)950-959
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Bionic Engineering
Volume15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • catfish
  • hydrodynamic stability
  • bio-inspired AUV
  • hull form
  • computational fluid dynamics

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