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Power systems for small underwater vehicles.

John Moore
33 pp.
MITSG 88-11

To date, primarily lead-acid electrical storage batteries have been used almost exclusively to meet the energy needs of small underwater vehicles, but their size and weight severely limit options for vehicle design. New developments in power systems, however, may enhance designers' abilities to develop small vehicles capable of performing missions ranging from antisubmarine warfare and surveillance to pipeline inspection and oceanographic data collection. Summarized here are: recent developments and applications for high-density power systems, such as silver-zinc, silver-cadmium, and pressure-compensated lithium batteries; developments in artificial gills, aluminum-air fuel cells, and rechargeable lithium batteries; and applications of the closed-cycle engine for underwater use.

type: Workshops, proceedings, symposia

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