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ISSN: 2155-9910

Journal of Marine Science: Research & Development
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Research Article

Design and Prototype Development of a 1-DOF Flapping-foil & Gliding UUV

Ding Hao*, Song Bao-wei and Cao Yong-hui

College of Marine Engineering, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an 710072, China

*Corresponding Author:
Ding Hao
College of Marine Engineering
Northwestern Polytechnical University
Xi’an 710072
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: December 27, 2011; Accepted date: March 08, 2012; Published date: March 13, 2012

Citation: Hao D, Bao-wei S, Yong-hui C (2012) Design and Prototype Development of a 1-DOF Flapping-foil & Gliding UUV. J Marine Sci Res Development S10:001. doi:10.4172/2155-9910.S10-001

Copyright: © 2012 Hao D, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


The main objective of this paper is to investigate an underwater unmanned vehicle (UUV) which has both flapping-foil and gliding function. Firstly, the paper introduced the advantages of the flapping-foil & gliding UUV, and described the flapping-foil motion model of bionic object turtle in detail. Then, by using the dynamic meshing technology in the code Fluent, the numerical computations of unsteady hydrodynamic characteristic for single degree of freedom (1-DOF) flapping-foil movement was carried out, which demonstrated the mechanism of flapping- foil. During the computation, turbulence effects were taken into account, and the turbulent stressed was evaluated by means of the Realizable k-epsilon model. Finally, the kinematics simulation of the UUV was performed. The design on virtual prototype of the UUV was completed in UG software, and the prototype was processed in the digital factory. Moreover, we presented the corresponding solutions aiming at the problems of the assembly prototype.


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