Hydrodynamic coefficients and motion simulations of underwater glider for virtual mooring

Masahiko Nakamura, Kenichi Asakawa, Tadahiro Hyakudome, Satoru Kishima, Hiroki Matsuoka, Takuya Minami

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We are now developing a prototype of a 3000-m class underwater glider for virtual mooring. The vehicle glides back and forth between the sea surface and the seabed collecting ocean data at a specific point. Hydrodynamic forces acting on the half-size model were measured to determine the optimal wing shape. Next, to obtain the dynamical-hydrodynamic coefficients, forced oscillation tests were carried out using the optimally shaped model. Finally, the motions of the glider were simulated using the hydrodynamic coefficients obtained from these model experiments. The experimental and calculated results are shown in this paper.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6506952
Pages (from-to)581-597
Number of pages17
JournalIEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ocean Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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