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Computational Hydrodynamics for an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle With Moving Control Surfaces

[+] Author Affiliations
Abdollah Arabshahi, Howard J. Gibeling

Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA

Paper No. FEDSM2002-31428, pp. 1045-1053; 9 pages
  • ASME 2002 Joint U.S.-European Fluids Engineering Division Conference
  • Volume 1: Fora, Parts A and B
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, July 14–18, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3615-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-3600-2
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


The present study was undertaken to provide information for both design improvement and control system development during various stages of an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) development project. The need to establish a predictive capability for the hydrodynamic (control) coefficients for an AUV presented an opportunity to apply a multiblock incompressible Navier-Stokes flow solver which has evolved over many years. The solver utilizes a state-of-the-art implicit, upwind numerical scheme to solve the time-dependent Navier-Stokes equations in a generalized time-dependent curvilinear coordinate system. Domain decomposition is accomplished via a general unstructured multiblock approach. In addition, an efficient grid movement capability is incorporated in the code that will handle the relative motion of a multi-component configuration (e.g. oscillating control surfaces). Numerous simulations were conducted during the course of this work. The computations for vehicle and propulsor design consisted mainly of steady state axisymmetric computations, while for control system development both steady and unsteady (prescribed motion) simulations were conducted. The latter cases focus on the forces and moments on the vehicle that are needed for extraction of control information. A brief overview will be presented on the flow solver. This will be followed by a presentation of the numerical results.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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