Gry Karin Haugen, Finn Conrad, Mads Grahl-Madsen

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    Today, Remotely Operated Vehicles, or ROV’s, are the dominating type of vehicles for underwater operations and very much the working horse of the North Sea, and both the military and the scientific sectors are increasing their use of ROVs. An ROV is normally designed for underwater work using oil hydraulics or electricity for propulsion and tool control. ROV’s using the surrounding water itself as the energy carrier for propulsion and tool control has never been successfully developed. The paper presents research results on a new ROV with water hydraulic propulsion system is being developed at Bergen University College. The design of the propulsion system is based on components available on the market. The ROV will have two thrusters for manoeuvring in the horizontal plane, and one thruster for vertical positioning. Static calculations and dynamic simulations have been performed to investigate the performance of the water hydraulic propulsion system. The simulations have been performed applying VisSim. The flow control valve has been tested to investigate the capability of flow regulation at low flow rates. Furthermore, this paper presents the selected experimental results and performance results.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication6th JFPS International Symposium of FLUID POWER 2005
    Place of PublicationTSUKUBA, Japan
    PublisherJapan Fluid Power System Society (JFPS)
    Publication date2005
    EditionEdited by Tetsuhiro Tsukiji
    ISBN (Print)4-931070-06-X
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    Event6th International Symposium on FLUID POWER - Tsukuba, Japan
    Duration: 7 Nov 200510 Nov 2005
    Conference number: 6


    Conference6th International Symposium on FLUID POWER
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    • Water Hydraulics
    • ROV


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