Development of a roll control fin for observation towed vehicles

Satoru Yamaguchi, Hitomi Matsui, Wataru Koterayama

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Abstract

A roll control fin for towed vehicle observation systems has been developed In Kyushu University to control the rolling motion of the towed vehicle. This device is fitted to the top of the vehicle and controls the rolling angle by a pair of moving wings. Electric power is supplied by a generator equipped with the device which is activated by a turbine. The turbine rotates by towing the towed vehicle, so that it does not need power supplied by a cable during the observations. The roll control fin is thus independent of outer devices for electric power or signal, and can easily be used with many existing towed vehicles. Problems in the field observations by the towed vehicle system and concepts of design of the roll control fin are described in this paper, and details of the device and its control system are explained. Some results of field experiments are also shown and effectiveness of the device is evaluated by the obtained data.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th (2002) International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference
EditorsJ.S. Chung, M. Sayed, M. Kashiwagi, T. Setoguchi, S.W. Hong
Pages263-268
Number of pages6
Volume12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2002
EventProceedings of the Twelfth (2002) International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference - Kitakyushu, Japan
Duration: May 26 2002May 31 2002

Other

OtherProceedings of the Twelfth (2002) International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference
CountryJapan
CityKitakyushu
Period5/26/025/31/02

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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Yamaguchi, S., Matsui, H., & Koterayama, W. (2002). Development of a roll control fin for observation towed vehicles. In J. S. Chung, M. Sayed, M. Kashiwagi, T. Setoguchi, & S. W. Hong (Eds.), Proceedings of the 12th (2002) International Offshore and Polar Engineering Conference (Vol. 12, pp. 263-268)