Energy Efficient AUV using a Lateral Line Sensor

PI: Michael Triantafyllou, MIT Sea Grant, Jason Dahl, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Project Number:2011-R/RCM-30

Start Date:2011-02-01End Date:2015-04-30

Proposal Summary

This project seeks to provide substantial energy savings to Autonomous Underwater Vehicles by using MEMS-based pressure sensor arrays to sense the vehicle’s flow environment. AUVs will be able to continuously adjust their position using feedback control algorithms and hydrodynamic control procedures. The system mimics the way fish sense and respond to hydrodynamic conditions while swimming. If successful, this work has the potential to revolutionize the vessel-design industry.



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